Sunday, March 25th, 2012
Chairlift covers Prince & The Revolution
WikipediaIt’s not secret that Prince is no fan of people covering his songs (though I suspect his lawyers are because it gives them something to do) but when Spin marked the 25th anniversary of his masterpiece Purple Rain back in 2009 with a cover story and tribute album – Purplish Rain – I assume it was with his permission, either overt or tacit. Because, well, otherwise the whole endeavour would have been kind of dumb on their part.
One of the artists who contributed to said comp was New York’s Chairlift, who at the time were still a trio and still riding high on their iPod ad-powered debut Does You Inspire You?, who opted to dial down the overt lasciviousness of the original “Darling Nikki” and give it a bit of a slower, synthetic makeover – more literally “Computer Blue”?
Chairlift are in town at The Horseshoe on Wednesday night, March 28, in support of album number two, Something. Prince wrapped up his “Welcome 2 Canada” tour last Fall and has gone back into seclusion. As he does.