Prince's complicated lesbian history - AfterEllen
Wendy & Lisa are a music duo consisting of Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman. They began Prince's personal life also became intertwined with Melvoin's when he began dating her twin sister Susannah. After Purple Rain, Coleman and . Wendy and Lisa were always the mysterious duo of Prince's Revolution band, well hell, ALL of Prince's band, including Prince, were mysterious. Known from that point on as Wendy & Lisa, Melvoin and Coleman became . [ During the mid-'80s, Prince dated Wendy's twin sister, Susannah.
However, this too met only minor chart success.
Prince’s complicated lesbian history
They also worked on an album with him as producer, but had a falling out and the project was shelved, leaving the master tapes in Horn's hands and acrimony between the parties involved.
They have since raised their profile considerably in that arena, scoring the popular TV shows Crossing JordanHeroes and more recently Touchall of them created and produced by Tim Kringand Nurse Jackie for Showtime. Not being signed to any label, their next solo effort — the album Girl Bros. Inthe duo reached a rapprochement with Prince and contributed to several tracks on his Planet Earth album.
The title is taken from a line in the Joni Mitchell song " Hejira ". It is a 6-track collection of songs that were recorded over the preceding 20 years of their careers but had previously never been released.
They were nominated for an Emmy in for the main title theme for the Fox show Touch. Inthey worked with Neil Finn on his second solo album, One Nil.
Were Wendy & Lisa lovers?
The film Toys featured their song "The Closing of the Year", and they also produced the full-length Heroes: And I think Lisa and I were willing to go there because at that time we felt mysterious. We were young and it was the thing, so we went with it, not knowing what the result of that would mean or imply later in life. We just thought, Wow, this is cool! Before we continue, I have to ask: Have you come out before? I felt really uncomfortable with that role.
With Prince and the Revolution, I think that it was just taken for granted that we were supposed to be the gay reps in the band. Which I never did. But you wore it in a very different way. To be honest with you, it kind of manifested itself in every aspect of our career at the time.
From the songs we were writing to the pictures we were taking to the videos that we wanted to do to the places we wanted to perform to the print that we wanted to give interviews to, it was all in constant contrast to what the business wanted from us.
It was extremely frustrating because we were in such a minority as musicians and as young women. That on top of it just seemed insurmountable.
Wendy & Lisa
Were the record companies aware that you were lesbians and in a relationship together? We could work the Lilith Fair angle. We could work the Olivia Records angle. We were so hung up on the fact that these people wanted us to be Prince. After we would leave the record company offices, I remember one of our managers mentioning that the art department people would comment on the way Wendy and I would talk to each other.
It was very normal for us and very precious. I wanted my life with Lisa to be so much more private and so much more conventional than that. I know, but I felt that you had to teach by example instead of making some statement.
I disagreed at the time. You can hear it still. I want more control of this. I just simply do. I lead the way for Lisa and I to be closeted. You were dealing with this during the Reagan years when the AIDS crisis was exploding and the progressive attitude regarding gays started reversing.
Wendy and Lisa, nearly in unison: We were just geeky musicians. We did a record 10, 11 years ago with Trevor Horn that was never released. My heart was broken. Not only that, but he was so homophobic. It turned into this nightmare. Our homosexuality became quite an issue for them. How conscious was Prince of assembling for the Revolution that racial and sexuality rainbow you described? He was incredibly conscious of it. Look at the way he looked during Dirty Mind and Controversy and He was so androgynous.
So anyway he could get them -- and a more interesting way he could do it -- appealed to him. We had a photo shoot for the Purple Rain poster. He wanted it to be way more obvious. We were the couple. We were the gay girls in the band.
It was very calculated. And how did it make us feel? I felt slightly protected by it, which is really ironic. There was so much mystery around him and he never had to answer to anybody or anything and I was so young and dumb that I thought I could adopt that philosophy. This is the name of the story and this is what it looks like. People just saw it.
So Prince knew the full extent of your relationship? He was very much aware of it.