Nick DeRiso is associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock. Named columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association during a lengthy career in the newspaper industry, he previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
Prince’s ‘Breakfast Can Wait’ Out-Chappelles Dave Chappelle: 365 Prince Songs in a Year
Prince's "Breakfast Can Wait" was more than a throwback to his carnal '80s zenith. It was also an example of his impish sense of humor.
Prince’s ‘Sex in the Summer’ Reveals Fatherhood’s Lost Promise: 365 Prince Songs in a Year
On the surface, "Sex in the Summer" is simply another breezy, lightly suggestive turn by Prince. There's far more to it.
Prince’s ‘Tangerine’ Is Great Because of What Isn’t There: 365 Prince Songs in a Year
Rhonda Smith learned from Prince but, as "Tangerine" so aptly illustrated, he also learned from her.
Prince Celebrates a ‘Rock and Roll Love Affair,’ or Maybe Not: 365 Prince Songs in a Year
No one ever confirmed whether "Rock and Roll Love Affair" was, in fact, about Prince's relationship with Andy Allo.
Prince’s ‘Face Down’ Leads to a ‘Seismic Shift': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
It all started with a snarky music writer.
Prince Shames the Greedy on ‘Money Don’t Matter 2 Night': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
Prince's nervy anti-traditionalism inevitably came up against one of the most deeply held, longest-running prejudices of them all: status.
How a Crush Eventually Led to Chaka Khan’s Best-Known Hit: 365 Prince Songs in a Year
It took a while, but Prince's long-distance infatuation with Chaka Khan led to a close working relationship – and Khan's signature song.
Prince Pushes Back Against Societal Ills on ‘Sign O’ the Times': 365 Prince Songs in a Yea…
Prince had made topical music before, but never with these kind of raw specifics.
Prince Finds Throwback Success With ‘Black Sweat': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
"Black Sweat" was the kind of song that frustrated as much as it delighted. Why wasn't Prince always this great?
Prince Goes All-Out ’70s on the Overlooked ‘Sleep Around': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
In 1997, the 'Washington City Paper' called Prince's "Sleep Around" a "definite future hit." So, what happened?