Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
It's time to announce the winner in my Battle of the Bands. The song is Nothing Compares 2 You. The performers are Prince & Mary J. Blige v. Sinéad O'Connor.
Although I prefer O'Connor's poignant version of the song, I thought Prince would be the champion because of his recent death.
He isn't, but the vote is close.
Sinéad O'Connor 11
Prince & Mary J. Blige 8
When I fell in love with Nothing Compares 2 U, I didn't know that Prince wrote it.
He included it on a couple of his albums, but it became a monster hit for Sinéad O'Connor in 1990. Although most of us interpret the song as a lament for a lost lover, O'Connor sang it as a tribute to her mother, who died in 1985.
In 1992, O'Connor joined the list of those banned from Saturday Night Live when she appeared on the show to sing Bob Marley's War and tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II. Her action met with complaints, threats, and no return engagements on SNL.
She recovered from the incident and continues to record and perform in spite of health concerns.
Congratulations on your win, Sinéad, and farewell to the Purple Prince.
Infinities of love,