Song of the Day #3,241: ‘Tempted’ – Squeeze vs. Prince

David Bowie made his Round One appearance and, at least by my vote, bested his first Montauk Madness opponent. Now it’s time for another musical legend who died in 2016 to try his luck, as Prince faces off against the British New Wave band Squeeze.

This is a more difficult decision than it might seem. While I acknowledge Prince’s unique genius and his contribution to rock and R&B music, I don’t own many of his albums. But neither do I own many Squeeze albums.

Their 1981 record East Side Story is a stone-cold classic (I can’t believe it took me more than 3,200 Songs of the Day to feature ‘Tempted’). But Purple Rain is, too, so that’s a wash.

Ultimately, I’ll give Prince the nod here based on his influence and reputation plus the greatness of Sign ‘O’ the Times, the only other album of his I own.

[Verse 1]
I bought a toothbrush, some toothpaste
A flannel for my face
Pyjamas, a hairbrush
New shoes and a case
I said to my reflection
Let’s get out of this place
Past the church and the steeple
The laundry on the hill
The billboards and the buildings
Memories of it still
Keep calling (keep calling) and calling (and calling)
But forget it all
I know I will

[Chorus]
Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered
What’s been going on
Now that you have gone
There’s no other
Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered

[Verse 2]
I’m at the car park, the airport
The baggage carousel
The people keep on crowding
I’m wishing I was well
I said it’s no occasion
It’s no story I could tell
At my bedside empty pocket
A foot without a sock
Your body gets much closer
I fumble for the clock
Alarmed by the seduction
I wish it would stop

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
I bought a novel, some perfume
A fortune all for you
But it’s not my conscience
That hates to be untrue
I asked of my reflection
What is there to do?

[Chorus]

[Outro]
Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered
Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered
Tempted by the truth of another
Tempted and the truth is discovered
Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,241: ‘Tempted’ – Squeeze vs. Prince

  1. Dana says:

    I’m a fan of Squueze’s greatest hits album, which includes a number of songs from East Side Story like “Tempted,” but this is an easy vote for Prince. I became a Prince fan from the first time I heard Dirty Minds and Controversy in summer camp and I stayed loyal through Sign o’ the Times. Admittedly, I stopped following Prince to a large extent after that, but his output in the 80’s and 90’s secured him as a musical genius and legend.

  2. Peg says:

    How could I not vote for Prince after Daniel ‘s performance of Purple Rain 😊

  3. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    Prince.

  4. Amy says:

    His Purple Highness for the win.

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