Happy 25th Anniversary, Madhouse “8”

Posted by The G on January 21, 2012 under GNN | Comments are off for this article

Photo of Madhouse “8” by G.

Madhouse 8

Madhouse 8. Released January 21, 1987

Can you believe that 25 years ago on January 21, 1987, Prince’s Paisley Park label released the epic album “8” by the jazz fusion group Madhouse?  The album featured Eric Leeds on saxophone and flute, while Prince played all the other instruments on the record.  Every song is a great exercise in funk and because what mattered was the music and not the labels, each of the eight songs on the record was named only by a number (and the tracks are called “One,” “Two,” “Three,” “Four,” “Five,” “Six,” “Seven” and “Eight.”)  The album suffered from Prince’s short attention span when it comes to promoting a project (mainly because by the time an album could be released through the proper distribution channels, Prince had probably recorded several albums worth of new material and thus he was not excited by the ‘old’ material)  and it immediately slipped into mainstream obscurity and yet is one of the most sought after side-project albums from Prince’s career.  Happy anniversary “8.”  You’ve sure brought a lot of smiles to my face over the last quarter of a century and I will love you until the day I die.

F Deluxe!

Posted by The G on August 27, 2009 under GNN | 4 Comments to Read

From the G Archives.  The Family CD autographed by Susannah Melvoin and St. Paul Peterson.

From the G Archives. The Family CD autographed by Susannah Melvoin and St. Paul Peterson.

This is very exciting news!  The Family, a side project that Prince produced in 1985, has reunited.  Apparently he didn’t want them using the name he created, so they said “fine, f–k you, you little hypocritical twerp” and have rechristened themselves as F Deluxe.  The Family as well as F Deluxe is St. Paul Peterson, Susannah Melvoin, Eric Leeds, Jerome Benton and Jellybean Johnson. There’s no word on a release date for their album, but if you click here, you can get a free mp3 of their newest song: “@ 8.”

I was fortunate enough to see them live as part of Sheila E.’s Family Jamm a few years ago and age has been very kind to this funky band!  They were every bit as tight as they were in 1985.  I am VERY excited for this record and if they are reading this blog, PLEASE COME TO NEW YORK!!!!

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