469: Broken

Unreleased (1981)
Sounding more at home at a Jools Holland Hootenanny than a Glam Slam nightclub, this boogie woogie piano ditty swings along at a rockabilly pace. A teenage Prince showing off his chops and rock’n’roll smarts. The lyrics are typical of this early era of his – he’s alone and heartbroken – but unlike, say, Gotta Broken Heart Again or So Blue they’re so at odds with the underlying, uptempo music that the effect is cognitively dissonant in an enjoyable way, much like Nina Simone’s Go To Hell. It reminds me of when your mind wanders whilst reading a book. Your thoughts and the story travel to different destinations on the same tracks. Later that year he writes Jack U Off in a similar style which consigns the less subversive Broken to the back of the vault.