I’m pretty sure Prince didn’t sleep between 1978 and 1990. I’m not even sure that he sleeps now. Eighties radio was dominated by the unholy alliance of Michael, Bruce, Madonna, and the Minneapolis Genius, but of that gang of four nobody made more hay during the decade than Prince.
That guy was everywhere. Not only did he have his own thing going on, but Chaka Khan, Sinead O’Connor, and The Bangles had hits with Prince songs, too. That’s not even close to a complete list, either. He remade “Morning Train” Sheena Easton into that sexy “Sugar Walls” lady, to name another.
And then there were the related acts: The Time, Vanity 6, Appolonia 6, The Family, Jesse Johnson’s Revue. When did the guy find time to buy new blouses and crawl through rose petals to his claw foot bathtub?
But that’s all hit record stuff. You might not like the hits (I don’t like most of them, honestly), but Prince remains one of the most ridiculously talented musicians ever to put on a pair of curtains and dance like James Brown. And as a musician, the guy couldn’t or wouldn’t be constrained to a single genre.