Sheila E "Glamorous Life" Classic or Dud

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IS Shiela E glamorous life a classic or dud?

startrekman02, Sunday, 16 January 2005 02:55 (seventeen years ago) link

classic-ish; better than the fever's version, but not as classic as "love bizarre."

cathy berberian (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 16 January 2005 03:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Album or single?
Single = Classic
Album = undecided

Jedmond (Jedmond), Sunday, 16 January 2005 06:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Dud because she's really singing about herself in the 3rd person.

milton, Sunday, 16 January 2005 06:27 (seventeen years ago) link

single = classic 9/10, album = classic-ish 7/10
my fave sheila e song is "belle of st mark"
the album is a mini album ?
couldn't prince write a few more songs ?
it is sang in the 3rd person perspective
why doesn't she sing "i" instead of "she" ?

i prefer love bizarre but it needs a chorus

and "sex cymbal" was good

sheena easten, Sunday, 16 January 2005 06:33 (seventeen years ago) link

"He saw her standing in the section marked 'if you have to ask, you can't afford it' liiinggerie"

classic to me for this line alone.

kevin says relax (daddy warbuxx), Sunday, 16 January 2005 08:29 (seventeen years ago) link

Classic. One of the top Prince giveaways.

mottdeterre (mottdeterre), Sunday, 16 January 2005 09:24 (seventeen years ago) link

TS: "The Belle of St. Mark" is Prince's greatest non-himself song/production ever.

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Sunday, 16 January 2005 09:42 (seventeen years ago) link

My reputation be damned, this is a classic song. I regret never buying it...or did I? Wish I had the 12" RIGHT NOW.

Bimble... (Bimble...), Sunday, 16 January 2005 10:52 (seventeen years ago) link

Awesome awesome video too. When she spins and goes rat-a-tat on her electro drum thing, superb.

Affectian (Affectian), Sunday, 16 January 2005 13:39 (seventeen years ago) link

she can pound me all nite

sheena easten, Sunday, 16 January 2005 13:45 (seventeen years ago) link

Classic because you can bang out the main riff all on the black keys.

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Sunday, 16 January 2005 18:42 (seventeen years ago) link

Don't forget Oliver's House, my second favorite Sheila E song.

JoB (JoB), Sunday, 16 January 2005 19:09 (seventeen years ago) link

A breathless CLASSIC!!!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Sunday, 16 January 2005 19:49 (seventeen years ago) link

Classic, because as with "A Love Bizarre" you can clearly hear Prince's guide vocals in the background. They're basically poorly mixed duets (not that they're poorly mixed, just mixed with Prince's vocals too low).

Josh in Chicago (Josh in Chicago), Sunday, 16 January 2005 20:01 (seventeen years ago) link

real love is real scary money only pays the rent

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Sunday, 16 January 2005 20:14 (seventeen years ago) link

Beyond classic. This song is flat-out outstanding.

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Sunday, 16 January 2005 21:06 (seventeen years ago) link

i like "a love bizarre" more, but "glamorous life" is definitely classic.

it's tricky (disco stu), Sunday, 16 January 2005 22:35 (seventeen years ago) link

Classic. Absolutely. To anyone who knows: technically speaking, how 'good' at the timbales was Sheila E? I cherish her solo spot in "sign o' the times," but may I don't know the steak from the sizzle.

Also, I assume in some universe Prince wanted Candy Dulfer to be the next Sheila E, right? I guess that didn't work.

pm, Monday, 17 January 2005 02:12 (seventeen years ago) link

You people are going to drive me crazy! WHY DON'T I HAVE THIS 12"?

Bimble... (Bimble...), Monday, 17 January 2005 02:14 (seventeen years ago) link

hmm i coulda sworn i posted to this thread last night

chaki in charge (chaki), Monday, 17 January 2005 02:32 (seventeen years ago) link

three years pass...

Does anyone else like this lady's first two albums like I do?

Bimble, Sunday, 20 January 2008 21:55 (fourteen years ago) link

I agree "A Love Bizarre" needs a chorus, though.

Bimble, Sunday, 20 January 2008 21:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Album or single?
Single = Classic
Album = undecided

-- Jedmond (Jedmond), Saturday, January 15, 2005 10:25 PM (3 years ago) Bookmark Link

The Reverend, Sunday, 20 January 2008 22:42 (fourteen years ago) link

Heheh. :)

Bimble, Sunday, 20 January 2008 22:49 (fourteen years ago) link

Am I missing something?

Jedmond, Sunday, 20 January 2008 22:58 (fourteen years ago) link

No, I was agreeing with you!

The Reverend, Sunday, 20 January 2008 23:26 (fourteen years ago) link

Wasn't sure which way the quoting of me was going. Had just woken up.

Peak Sheila E. moment (albeit Prince dominated) = The live performance of "A Love Bizarre" from the Birthday Parade video - will always put a idiot grin on my face.

And where is the love for "Toy Box" from In Romance 1600?

Jedmond, Monday, 21 January 2008 00:20 (fourteen years ago) link

A live performance of A Love Bizarre from the Birthday Parade video! I'll have to seek that out. I was so disgusted by what I saw of her performance in that Krush Groove movie. What the hell was she doing a rap song for?

Bimble, Saturday, 26 January 2008 09:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Does "Love Bizarre" even have much of a tune?? I always thought "The Glamorous Life" and "Belle of St. Mark" totally blew it out of the water, but maybe I'll go back and listen to it someday. (Then again, maybe it's just overrated by people who overrate Prince, after, like, 1982. In my head it sounds like a fair-to-middling Prince song.)

xhuxk, Saturday, 26 January 2008 12:45 (fourteen years ago) link

There's really nothing too exceptional about A Love Bizarre. The song simply goes nowhere. It's pleasant enough, but goes nowhere. She's got so many other good songs from the first two albums that it doesn't matter.

I still say Prince was far less involved in what she did than the general consensus seems to be. Pure sexism, I say. Read the fucking liner notes. Tendency is to attribute nothing to her and that pisses me off.

Bimble, Sunday, 27 January 2008 06:54 (fourteen years ago) link

And yes I know Prince gets a writing credit on A Love Bizarre. Big deal.

Bimble, Sunday, 27 January 2008 06:55 (fourteen years ago) link

It's not "consensus" -- it's fact. He wrote or co-wrote most of those songs. I was disappointed when I found out!

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 27 January 2008 08:30 (fourteen years ago) link

On her first two albums you mean? What about her third? And where is this information coming from? Why was she given writing credits and not him?

I'm not being accusatory or necessarily doubting you Alfred, I'm just trying to get more information. Her website doesn't seem to mention it...a Prince forum I found seems to assume he wrote one song...

Bimble, Sunday, 27 January 2008 16:51 (fourteen years ago) link

Alex Hahn's Possessed: The Rise & Fall of Prince confirms his authorship of the first two Sheila E and most of the first three Time albums, and all of the Vanity 6 thing.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 27 January 2008 17:00 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...

1st side of this album is perfect

J0hn D., Monday, 10 March 2008 14:38 (fourteen years ago) link

"next time wipe the lipstick off your collar" is in need of more love.

fact checking cuz, Monday, 10 March 2008 15:33 (fourteen years ago) link

Queuing this up now.

forksclovetofu, Monday, 10 March 2008 19:49 (fourteen years ago) link

two years pass...

why is there not more discussion of the Romance 1600 LP on ILM

I mean besides Love Bizarre which I am jamming now

interesting to think about this record in the context of "year after Purple Rain"

RIP Bimble

bug holocaust (sleeve), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 00:55 (eleven years ago) link

eleven months pass...

this song is so much fun. so is the video.

by another name (amateurist), Friday, 22 July 2011 08:44 (ten years ago) link

I posted this on the Prince nominations thread but it's so good I'm posting it here too.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Friday, 22 July 2011 09:19 (ten years ago) link

fluorescent drumsticks!!!

scandally (seandalai), Friday, 22 July 2011 10:04 (ten years ago) link

two months pass...

no but i want to immediately

surm, Friday, 7 October 2011 02:25 (ten years ago) link

two years pass...
eleven months pass...

all sheila e enthusiasts should listen to the sheila e episode of this podcast
(you should also read her book but this is a much shorter route)
she talks about everything and she is a legend and i love her

La Lechera, Saturday, 8 August 2015 13:49 (six years ago) link

Cool! I've listened to a couple eps of that podcast and Joe Wong is a drip, but Sheila E is worth diving back in.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 8 August 2015 14:09 (six years ago) link

his line of questioning was really lame in the beginning (and periodically afterwards, i've listened to every episode i think) and i was worried about this episode but it's way way way better and he actually talks about drumming
her description of how her dad's west coast style is different from trad latin drumming was really interesting and her description of a day in the life hanging out with My Friend Prince warmed my heart. i really enjoyed it. she has been through it all and is an inspiration.

La Lechera, Saturday, 8 August 2015 14:13 (six years ago) link

well he asks her about it, he doesn't talk much at all, thank goodness

La Lechera, Saturday, 8 August 2015 14:13 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

happy 60th birthday sheila e!

if you have never heard this 9 min version of "The Glamorous Life" with added saxophone content and want to feel ok about life for 9 minutes, listen to this

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 8 December 2017 17:39 (four years ago) link

i could do with a spin of this album today

<3 sheila

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Friday, 8 December 2017 21:21 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

photos where the person smiling makes you smile:

I'm ANTIFA and I vote. (Austin), Sunday, 19 June 2022 05:56 (one week ago) link

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