Saturday, April 19, 1986

Prince hit #1 with “Kiss”


Prince & the Revolution

Writer(s): Prince (see lyrics here)

Released: February 5, 1986

First Charted: February 21, 1986

Peak: 12 US, 12 CB, 2 GR, 11 RR, 14 RB, 6 UK, 4 CN, 2 AU, 5 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 2.47 US, 0.4 UK, 2.87 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 47.0 video, -- streaming


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About the Song:

“Kiss” was the lead single from Prince’s eighth album, Parade. Warner Bros. wasn’t sold on the song, but Prince insisted it be added to Parade and be released as a single. It marked his third trip to the pinnacle of the Billboard Hot 100, after 1984’s “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy.” This was his eighth top 10 hit and “one of the finest songs in Prince’s oeuvre.” TB

The song was originally intended for the debut album for funk band Mazarati, formed by Mark Brown (aka “Brownmark”), who was the bassist with the Revolution. He asked Prince for a song and Prince “dashed off a minute-long bluesy acoustic demo for them.” SF Producer David Z worked on the song with the band, “giving it an irresistible funk groove.” SF Once Prince heard it, he took the song back, putting his vocals on the track but retained David Z’s “unique, funky rhythm and background vocal arrangement, along with Mazarati’s background vocals.” WK

Brown told Uncut magazine that he let Prince have the song back because he was promised a songwriting credit, which would result in a big payday. The band, however, was not pleased and Brown didn’t get a credit or payment. He said, “I quit the band shortly after that. He treated me so bad.” SF

This song prevented another Prince-penned song from reaching #1 – the Bangles’ “Manic Monday” stalled at #2 behind “Kiss.” It made him only the fifth songwriter (or songwriting team) to hold down the top two spots. FB Tom Jones and Art of Noise had a hit (#5 UK, #31 US) with their cover of “Kiss” in 1988. Maroon 5 covered the song for their deluxe edition of their Overexposed album.

The song was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Song and won for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.


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