Sugar Walls

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"Sugar Walls"
Sugar Walls single cover.jpg
Single by Sheena Easton
from the album A Private Heaven
ReleasedDecember 1984
RecordedSunset Sound, January 20, 1984 (Basic Tracking of Prince's original version) The Sound Factory, January 22, 1984 (Sheena Easton vocal recording)
GenrePop
Length4:01
LabelEMI, RT Industries (current)
Songwriter(s)Prince
Producer(s)Prince (credited to Greg Mathieson)
Sheena Easton singles chronology
"Strut"
(1984)
"Sugar Walls"
(1984)
"Swear"
(1985)

"Sugar Walls" is the second single from Sheena Easton's 1984 album A Private Heaven. It spent 16 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, nine of which were in the top 40. It reached #9 overall, as well as #3 on the R&B chart and #1 on the Dance chart. The song failed to chart well in Easton's native UK. It was composed by Alexander Nevermind, a pseudonym used by Prince.[1]

The song title is presumed to refer to the "walls" of her vagina, which was perhaps sufficiently subtle by itself, but the general content was considered suggestive enough to qualify the song for the "Filthy Fifteen."[2][3][4] Although Easton's music video for "Sugar Walls" did not in itself feature any controversial visual content, some broadcasters refused the video airplay because of the sexual imagery of the song's lyrics. Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart and Tipper Gore's PMRC criticized the song when it was first released.[5]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 87
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play[7] 1
U.S. Hot Black Singles[8] 3
Media Control Charts (Germany) 57
RPM Top Singles (Canada) 27
UK Singles 95

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 100

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sheena Easton sets a Billboard chart record when "Sugar Walls" becomes a Top 10 R&B hit". History.com. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
  2. ^ "Sheena Easton: She's Got the Look - 1424 - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News - Windy City Times". Windycitymediagroup.com. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Rock Lyrics Seem Less Objectionable During A Campaign - Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 1987-11-25. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  5. ^ "JENNINGS: Sheena Easton, Three Dog Night highlight weekend - Niagara Gazette".
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 86.
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 180.

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