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The Family

Warner Bros. Records

Nothing Compares 2 U

The Family is an ensemble put together in 1984 out of the wake of the disbanding of The Time, following the release of Ice Cream Castle. All its tracks are written by Prince (under the pseudonym of Jamie Starr) except River Run Dry2 – co-written with Bobby Z. Most of the songs were written during the Purple Rain Tour.

Even before the album’s release the group had disbanded after “St” Paul Peterson quit due to creative differences with Prince. Thus The Family was the group’s first and only album. The Family is notable in Prince lore, in that it contains the original 1984 recording of Nothing Compares 2 U (which he later give to and was famously re-recorded in 1990 by Sinead O’Connor) and for the song Mutiny.

I bought a house with that song.

Prince wrote Nothing Compares 2 U about his then fiancée and The Family vocalist, Susannah Melvoin. She is also the subject of other notable tracks, Starfish And Coffee, Strange Relationship and If I Was Your Girlfriend from Sign O The Times.

The Family

Paul "St. Paul" Peterson
Jellybean Johnson
Bass Guitar
Terry Lewis
Susannah Melvoin
Eric Leeds
Jerome Benton
All other instruments


Prince and David Z.
Paisley Park Records
Warner Bros. Records
35 years, 5 months ago on 12 August 1985
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  1. High Fashion [feat. Susannah Melvoin] (5:06) 1
  2. Mutiny (3:57)
  3. The Screams Of Passion [feat. Susannah Melvoin] (5:26) 1
  4. Yes (4:27)
  5. River Run Dry [feat. Susannah Melvoin] (3:31) 2
  6. Nothing Compares 2 U [feat. Susannah Melvoin] (4:31)
  7. Susannah's Pyjamas (3:58)
  8. Desire [feat. Susannah Melvoin] (4:58)

1 Released as singles.
2 Written by Bobby Z.

Singles from The Family

The Screams Of Passion single from The Family, Paisley Park Records (1985)

The Screams Of Passion

Paisley Park Records

19 July 1985
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  1. The Screams Of Passion [Edit] (3:10)
  2. Yes (4:27)
High Fashion single from The Family, Paisley Park Records (1985)

High Fashion

Paisley Park Records

6 December 1985
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  1. High Fashion [Edit] (3:45)
  2. Susannah's Pajamas (3:58)

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Nothing Compares 2 U

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