‘Kiss’ Was Almost Dumped as A Prince Single

“Kiss was a runaway hit considering the fact that Warner Brothers didn’t want to release it as a single after Prince added it to “Parade” at the last minute.
Admitedly the track had humble beginnings. A Warner Brothers executive reportedly described the song being “done in a basement”.


Here’s the story: “Kiss” started as a one minute acoustic demo that Prince gave to the funk band Mazarati for their debut album. Mazarati and producer David Z did some major surgery to the simple track and stripped it down to the bare minimum then delivered it back to Prince.
When Prince heard the updated version he thought it was so good he took it back for himself.
(Cause he’s Prince) He replaced their lead vocal, added the guitar break in the chorus and played his own drums. Originally, the song had a bassline to be congruent with other tracks on the album but was removed. Mazarati were credited for their backing vocals, which Prince left intact.

“KISS” LYRICS
You don’t have to be beautiful to turn me on
I just need your body, baby, from dusk ’til dawn
You don’t need experience to turn me out
You just leave it all up to me, I’m gonna show you what it’s all about

[Hook]
You don’t have to be rich to be my girl
You don’t have to be cool to rule my world
Ain’t no particular sign I’m more compatible with
I just want your extra time and your kiss

[Verse 2]
You got to not talk dirty, baby, if you wanna impress me
You can’t be too flirty, mama, I know how to undress me
I want to be your fantasy, maybe you could be mine
You just leave it all up to me, we could have a good time

[Hook]
You don’t have to be rich to be my girl
You don’t have to be cool to rule my world
Ain’t no particular sign I’m more compatible with
I just want your extra time and your kiss

[Bridge]
Yes, oh, I think I wanna dance, uh
Gotta, gotta, oh
Little Girl Wendy’s Parade
Gotta, gotta, gotta

[Verse 3]
Women, not girls, rule my world, I said they rule my world
Act your age, mama, not your shoe size, maybe we could do the twirl
You don’t have to watch Dynasty to have an attitude
You just leave it all up to me, my love will be your food

[Hook]
You don’t have to be rich to be my girl
You don’t have to be cool to rule my world
Ain’t no particular sign I’m compatible with!
I just want your extra time and your kiss

ref:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiss_(Prince_song)

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