Friday, November 5, 2010

JDIZZY's 365 # 181: Nothing Compares 2 U

Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor (1990)

Sinead's biggest hit will always be linked in my brain to two proper nouns: Prince Rogers Nelson and a tear. Prince wrote this song for one of his many vanity projects, The Family in 1985. Their synth-washed rendition never charted and was quickly forgotten. Then came that tear. In what is probably the greatest music video of the 90's (and that's saying a lot, considering it came out in 1990),this musical short revels in a simplicity that was the antithesis of the 80's years that had spawned the rise of the medium. It is in that tear that this song resonates, and that voice. We have not seen the likes of Miss O'Connor since, and her rocket-like rise and fall is one of the greatest tragedies ever to befall the pop charts. She's simply too good to ignore. So, with baited breath, let us view this tone poem again, and show reverence to the most talented one-hit wonder of all time. No wonder Prince hated her. She stole his song, and even though he has put up a valiant effort, it belongs to our bald priestess for eternity.

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