“Housequake” (Sign o’ The Times, 1987)
Another what-if from the classic Sign release. Presented as a B-side to the pop-rock hit “U Got The Look,” “Housequake” deserved its own top-billing. As blissfully quirky as it is relentlessly funky, this is the sound of James Brown and George Clinton joining forces to throw the sweatiest, most howl-inducing house party known to man. But all hell breaks loose when Prince struts in and commands revelers to “Shake your body ‘til your neighbor stares at cha!” One can assume that someone called the cops.
“Billy Jack Bitch” (The Gold Experience, 1995)
If you are going to record an angry middle finger to a hometown gossiper, you might as well make it an epically funky affair. The target of Prince’s scorn was Minneapolis’ Star Tribune resident tabloid columnist C.J. (full name Cheryl Johnson) who was never afraid to write negative musings on the singer. The criminally underrated Gold Experience deserved better, and “Billy Jack Bitch” could have its trump card.