158: Anotherloverholenyohead

Parade (1986)
You know you’ve been writing about Prince too much when Anotherloverholenyohead appears in your phone’s predictive text after only three characters. Parade’s penultimate track and final single has Prince pleading his departing lover, whose eyes have wandered, to stay with him. He tells her she needs another lover like she needs a hole in her head. Is it too much of a stretch to believe this is really a restless Prince toying with the idea of going solo? By the next album, The Revolution would be disbanded and this song’s video is the last they ever feature on. Was he thinking about other bands when he wrote this? Is he reasoning with himself in an attempt to quell his wanderlust? In the second chorus Prince’s vocals almost completely drop out while The Revolution sing “We were brothers and sisters united all for love. Now all of the sudden U try 2 fight it. U say you’ve had enough”. The band would stick together for several more months but if Prince smashing up his guitar at the end of the Parade tour was seen as the final nail in the coffin, this song may be one of the first.