"Take Me With U"
The Revolution didn't have much to do with this one. I believe it was Lisa's brother, David Coleman, and Novi Novog who were credited with the strings. "Take Me With U" has a lot of character to it and works in the framework of Prince and Apollonia because obviously you needed to have some sort of duet with them for the soundtrack. But the actual drums on "Take Me With U" were the Simmons electric kit being played. It sounds acoustic, but it's a hybrid set that Bobby would use. Prince also used the Linn drum machine, which became the signature sound of all of his material at that time. When we played "Take Me With U" on tour we took it to another place. Prince worked it out in advance and brought it to rehearsal one day. The album version of "Take Me With U" is very poppy, but the live version has all the stops and audience participation and the bass changes as well.
At times, Prince even took it to a more rock level when we performed it in concert. You had to watch him like a hawk...you had to watch the hand signals for the cues that were worked out in advance to go to those sections because if Prince was at a certain section onstage and you had a bad angle on his hand you could miss a cue. It almost became a running joke during the shows that if you missed the horn punches or didn't count them right and you were off Prince could hear that, especially if Bobby missed one. As a joke Prince would kick you off your instrument and take over like, "Okay. that's it...you screwed up. You are done." It happened to everybody in the band at one time or another [laughs].