Friday, August 28, 2009

Alexander O'Neal

I always liked singer Alexander O'Neal. He has a great voice and sung some stone jams in the 1980s as one of the many acts benefiting from Prince's Minneapolis Sound.

But O'Neal seemed a little more worldly than the other performers in the Purple One's extended family. First off, he had the sound of a 1960s soul singer (and his best material never quite put his voice to its fullest use) and he was already past 30 when be broke big. In videos, he appeared little raffish; a little the brother had lived some before he found himself before a mike.

So the Soul Closet shuts this week with a look at Alexander O'Neal. Above, her turns up on Cherelle's "Innocent" from 1985. And below, a personal fave--both video and song: "Fake" from 1987.

And we close out with "Criticize" from 1987. And, man, if I ruled the world, Alexander would show up in an episode of "Mad Men"--dressed the way he is in this video--eyeballing Joan in the elevator while stroking his chin, and daring anybody to say anything.

1 comment:

Max Reddick said...

I had almost forgot about Alexander O'Neal. I was a big fan back in the day. Later I read that he was supposed to have been the frontman for The Time, but instead chose not to deal with Prince's egotistical BS, so the job went to Morris Day.

I hear he is still big in Europe where he know lives, but he returns to the states from time to time to get his hair done. True playa'