The Family Walks -- No, Dances -- on Water

By Jonah Wolf

A highlight of last night's tribute to Prince at Carnegie Hall was the funk medley by fDeluxe, featuring members of '80s project the Family, including the artist's regular sax player Eric Leeds and one-time fiancée Susannah Melvoin. (Absent last night was Family member Jerome Benton, known to many as Morris Day's sidekick in Purple Rain.) The Family's 1985 self-titled album, almost entirely written and recorded by Prince, included the first recording of "Nothing Compares 2 U" (later made famous by Sinéad O'Connor), but the official single was the new-wave ballad "The Screams of Passion." As the song has no saxophone, Leeds holds a bass in the video's green-screened beach scenes.

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