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


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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.