People Pleaser

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People Pleaser

Superconductor
from the album Superconductor
People Pleaser
single art for People Pleaser
Song details
Performer: Andy Allo
First Released: 17 October 2012 - People Pleaser single
Album(s): Superconductor
Writer(s): Andy Allo (uncredited)
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

People Pleaser is the second track on Andy Allo's second album Superconductor (her first on NPG Records), and People Pleaser was released as a digital single two weeks before the album's release.

A studio version of the track was recorded on 21 November 2011, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, with additional recording and horn overdubs by Maceo Parker and Trombone Shorty the following day. it is not known if a studio version (with or without Prince input) was recorded earlier.

A 1:09 sample of the track was premiered on Drfunkenberry.com six months before the album's planned release. More than a year before the album's planned release, it was played by Prince (with lead vocals by Andy Allo) live on 27 June 2011, Le Grand Journal, Studios Rive Gauche, Paris, France, broadcast live on TV and online (it was first played live at a Prince concert three days earlier, 24 June 2011, Métropolis, Montreal, QC, Canada).

The song was written by Andy Allo. When asked by the Irish newspaper The Independent if there is any song he wished he had written, Prince replied by saying "People Pleaser", confirming that he did not write it (although he also jokingly responded "Nothing Compares 2 U", which he did write, but is erroneously regarded as a song by Sinéad O'Connor, who covered it).

Andy Allo explained in a interview to Bonedo.de that People Pleaser was initially more a blues number which evolved into a funk number when she played it to Prince, who then added the song to his live repertoire with The NPG.

The song is the earliest-released Prince-related studio track to feature Ida Nielsen, although she had appeared on various live tracks since joining Prince's band in 2010. It is also the earliest-released Prince-related track to feature Trombone Shorty.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
21 November 2011 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Basic tracking
22 November 2011 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Additional recording and saxophone overdubs by Maceo Parker
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
People Pleaser 5:31 Superconductor album

People Pleaser single

Studio
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
People Pleaser 5:41 Official YouTube stream Promo video See People Pleaser video for more details
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
People Pleaser 1:09 Online stream clip clip streamed on Drfunkenberry.com
People Pleaser T.B.C. Live performance TV broadcast / online stream Live 27 June 2011, Le Grand Journal, Studios Rive Gauche, Paris, France
People Pleaser 3:45 3rdEye TV Show # 15 live concert video stream Live 6 July 2013, Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
People Pleaser Remix Dance/house remix; premiered by DJ Rashida prior to Prince's DJ set on 19 January 2013, Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, Minneapolis, Minnesota
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Andy Allo and the NPG performed this track on three Chicago-area TV stations on 24 September 2012 (WCIU's You And Me morning show, broadcast the next day) and 26 September 2012 (WGN's Morning News, followed by another performance of the song on Fox Chicago' Good Day Chicago), while in town for Prince's "Welcome 2 Chicago" series of shows; since these performances were without Prince, they are not listed above.
  • In 2013 Prince started performing this song without Andy Allo in the band. He shares the lead vocals with Shelby J., Liv Warfield and Elisa Dease

References
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