This weekend, I found a 45 by a band called The Time. I took a risk and brought it home only to discover this band features Jamie Starr.
Who is Jamie Starr? Well, back in 1981, a certain artist named Prince used the alias Jamie Starr. To make things even more interesting, the band also consisted of legendary producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Turns out Prince had a clause in his label contract that allowed him to produce other acts. But according to the band wiki, it sounds like he did a lot more…
With the exception of singer Morris Day, who was required to follow Prince’s guide vocals note-for-note, none of the band played on their debut album. Prince instead played all the instruments himself, crediting the production to his alter-ego, “Jamie Starr”, and Morris Day.
This means I’m now on the hunt for the their debut LP in my future record shopping adventures.
Also, if you’re interested in reading more about their relationship, okayplayer has a great article about Prince’s relationship with The Time.