TIR 91: Lisa Coleman Comes Clean on How Her Keys Tickled Prince


Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

Featured in TIR Episode 91 (3 Parts): Keyboardist-singer-composer-producer Lisa Coleman, a core member of Prince’s Revolution band during his peak stardom years of 1980 through 1986. She then formed a duo with fellow ex-Revolutionary guitarist-singer Wendy Melvoin as Wendy & Lisa. The pair continues to work together, having also scored music for films and television. Coleman has also contributed to several other noteworthy artists’ recordings.

Just 19 when she connected with Prince, Coleman took part in hundreds, if not thousands, of rehearsals, recording sessions, concerts, aftershows, film & video shoots, and TV appearances with the man widely viewed as modern times’ most gifted and accomplished musician. Among the classic albums from that period were Dirty Mind, Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day and Parade. Key tracks and hits from those records and B-sides include “Head,” “When You Were Mine,” “Let’s Work,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Delirious,” “DMSR,” “Lady Cab Driver,” “Erotic City,” “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Darling Nikki,” “Paisley Park,” “Raspberry Beret,” “She’s Always in My Hair,” “17 Days,” “Pop Life,” “Kiss,” “Mountains,” “Anotherloverholenyohead,” “Girls and Boys” and many more.

After the Revolution was dissolved, Coleman and Melvoin went on to release five albums as Wendy & Lisa between 1987 and 2008, including their eponymous debut that featured their best charting U.S. single, “Waterfall.” Other catchy singles that failed to chart included “Honeymoon Express” and “Lolly Lolly.” They also contributed music to movies like Dangerous Minds and TV shows such as Crossing Jordan, Heroes, Touch, No Tomorrow, Shades of Blue and Nurse Jackie. Coleman has also collaborated with artists such as Joni Mitchell, Seal, k.d. Lang, Gwen Stefani, Betty LaVette, fDeluxe and even Alice in Chains. She continues to be very active today, and after Prince’s tragic 2016 death she reunited with all four fellow Revolution members to perform tribute concerts dedicated to their fallen former leader.

Here, in her most in-depth and comprehensive interview, Coleman talks about working with one of the most creative forces music has ever known and her special connection with him; the personalities and talent of the Revolution; some of the fantastic albums and classic songs of that period; unforgettable memories and highlights, including being taken lingerie shopping by Prince and Morris Day; dealing with the loss of Prince and carrying the torch forward, and much more.



Scott Goldfine

As a fervid lifelong music & film enthusiast / student, I grew up in and around the Los Angeles entertainment industry. I have worked and held many positions in various media realms, since 1998 serving as Editor-in-Chief and now Associate Publisher for Security Sales & Integration, a trade publication serving the electronic security industry. I love several genres of music & film. The former includes funk (Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, Ohio Players, etc.); blues (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Eric Gales, etc.); rock (Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, etc.); hard rock (AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, etc.); jazz (Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Crusaders, etc.); R&B (Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Gil Scott-Heron, etc.); and more. I was a club disc jockey and ran a mobile DJ company (Musical Moods) for more than 15 years, which is where the name Dr. GX originates (Doctor Good Times). Fave film genres include horror (Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc.); science fiction (Aliens, Terminator, 2001, etc.); action (Warriors, Road Warrior, Die Hard); westerns (Outlaw Josey Wales, Showdown at OK Corral; Wild Bunch, etc.); suspense (Jaws, Inception, Silence of the Lambs, etc.); drama (Apocalypse Now, Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, etc.); and comedies (Life of Brian, Superbad, Ruthless People, etc.). I have attended many hundreds of concerts and movies (in theaters or screenings). I may as well also throw in a few favorite TV shows to give an even broader taste of my sensibilities. A handful would be Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Lost, Justified, Fargo, Seinfeld, Sopranos, South Park, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Key & Peele, Monty Python, Inside Amy Schumer, Louie, Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Last Man on Earth, Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family and The Office. Fave authors are Stephen King, Clive Barker and Michael Crichton. I am also a big sports fan and lifelong supporter of the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB). Also enjoy my family of course, electronics/computers/AV gear, and animals, nature and outdoor activities. Graduate of Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica College and California State University Northridge (Radio-TV-Film, Psychology minor). Also studied at UCLA for kinesiology/psychology and earned post-grad Certificate in Accounting from Santa Monica College. Present main occupation is as Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Security Sales & Integration (SSI), which I joined in 1998. I am responsible for overseeing all editorial content in print. online, electronic, in-person and any other media or products for the electronic security industry's leading business-to-business trade publication. SSI is part of Framingham, Mass.-based Emerald Expositions.