Lisa Coleman (musician) - Wikipedia
In a new interview with omarcafini.info, former Prince and the Revolution members Wendy and Lisa officially come out and talk about their relationship with Prince. I know that Wendy & Lisa are lesbians but were they ever in a sexual relationship with .. So Prince knew the full extent of your relationship?. By , guitarist Wendy Melvoin was recruited in time for the Purple Rain album and film. Wendy and Lisa's offstage personal relationship has.
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How has that played out?
What is he doing now? Why did the two of you decide to keep working together after you left the Revolution? We were married and I was her biggest fan.
Were Wendy & Lisa lovers?
Everything that she played broke my heart and still does and I wanna own it and covet it and make it mine. No, I love Wendy. I had fallen in love with Wendy, my childhood friend, and suddenly we were looking at each other differently, but I had to leave on the road all the time.
It was always just torture. Finally Prince met Wendy and there was some trouble with the other guitar player [Dez Dickerson], and providence moved in such a way that Wendy ended up on the road with us.
- Lisa Coleman (musician)
Was the image you projected in Purple Rain a function of who the two of you were together? Or did it come from Prince, or the director? I think Prince saw us as the couple that we were and used that relationship to add more mystery to him.
And I think Lisa and I were willing to go there because at that time we felt mysterious.Backspin: The Revolution talk Prince's 'Parade,' 'Sign O' the Times,' and the band's breakup
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. It was just horseshit. 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. 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. Lisa, at the time we were talking to bullshit magazines. 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.
Prince’s complicated lesbian history
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.