Friday Night Videos

It’s pop! It’s blues! It’s funk! It’s Chaka Khan, and she’s awesome here with the song that launched her solo career away from Rufus.

This song — was that originally Stevie Wonder on harmonica? — opened up whole new musical worlds to me on its release in 1984. And as you can see from this 2008 concert footage, she’s still got it.

Most amazing is that the song was originally written and recorded five years earlier by Prince, and it’s a pretty awful record, pedestrian and uninspired. And that from Prince, no less. Anyway, Khan saw that there was a gem hidden in there somewhere, and just recorded the hell out of it.

Turn it up.