Do Remember: D’Angelo’s “She’s Always In My Hair” (Audio)
With Black Messiah‘s top of the week release, D’Angelo has seemingly captured the consciousness of music once more. The Richmond, Virginia star crooner has slowly returned to the scene throughout 2014, abandoning his second sabbatical from music and in the industry of the last 18 years.
Given the album’s heavy Prince influences, Do Remember opted to bring some lesser known music from Michael Archer into the spotlight. In late 1997, between Brown Sugar and Voodoo, D’Angelo appeared alongside Master P & Silkk The Shocker and Dave Matthews Band on the Scream 2 soundtrack. On the Capitol Records release, during one of the more active periods of D’Angelo’s career, the crooner opted to cover a Prince deep cut.
“She’s Always In My Hair” was a 1985 B-side on the vinyl 45 to Prince’s latest smash hit of the day, “Raspberry Beret.” Tinged with heavy percussion and sound effects, the record would become a cult-touted rarity from the Paisley Park icon, sometimes played live, before reappearing on later compilations and collections. Alongside Hieroglyphics-affiliated rapper Z-Man Michael Marshall (Timex Social Club) would also spin a cover of the Prince-penned composition in the years that followed.
But in ’97, D’Angelo’s version threw another tone and attitude on the record, 12 years later. With electrifying vocals (including back-up singing by Tony! Toni! Tone!’s Raphael Saadiq, D’Angelo walked the line with the song, potentially devilishly applying it to more than just a woman, possibly something beyond simply ‘love.’ As it was to Prince, “She’s Always In My Hair” is something of a deep cut to D’Angelo. However, this past summer, at Brooklyn’s AfroPunk Festival, D and The Roots brought it out, much to the delight of fans.
Notably, Alan Leeds, one of Black Messiah‘s executive producers, has worked extensively with Prince, Saadiq, The Roots, as well as D’Angelo.
Do Remember: D’Angelo’s cover of “She’s Always In My Hair,” a complicated look at love, that bends the rules (and roles) and blurs the lines.
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