In light of Prince’s 53rd birthday, popcrush.com put together a list of his best “B-Sides” of all time! “The following B-Sides are listed in chronological order starting with the 1982 release of ‘How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore’ and closing with the 1989 release of ‘I Love U in Me.’ Enjoy!”
‘How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore’
Released: Sept. 24, 1982
B-side of ‘1999’ Single
Prince recorded this B-side at Sunset Sound Studios in L.A. during the making of the ‘1999’ album. This one is a beautiful four-chord progression acoustic piano ballad that showcases Prince’s vocals and lyrics. A touch of jazz and a healthy dose of Gospel make this an instant Prince classic. Although a B-side, Prince performed ‘How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore’ live during the 1999 and Purple Rain tours and continues to play it today.
Released: Nov. 23, 1983
B-side of ‘Let’s Pretend We’re Married’
The original version of ‘Irresistible B—–’ was recorded in December 1981 soon after Prince started exclusively using the Linn LM-1 drum machine. The song begins with a 40-second instrumental funk of bass and drums before Prince begins to share all the things he likes about this irresistible girl. He can’t stop thinking about her — even though his friends suggest he let her go — as he explains, “they don’t know the things you do to me when we’re alone.” A great, sparse Prince funk track with a stellar bass line. Not only a Top 10 Prince B-side, but a Prince classic.