First Hit #1: October 12, 1985
Ready for the World really wishes they were Prince. The instrumentation, the lyrics, the vocal style, everything is trying to replicate Prince’s style, a bit of synth heavy dance with sexy lyrics. The band isn’t quite as paranoid and strange as Prince can be, but you can tell what they’re trying to do, and you can immediately tell that they’re trying to the same rough thing that Prince does on a regular basis.
That’s fine to an extent, who doesn’t like Prince? Especially in 1985, it’s a valid approach to take. Besides which, it’s not like pop music has ever been entirely original to begin with. But there’s a risk when you do a song that is influenced heavily by a contemporary artist. You might get a hit in the process, but at the end of the day, everyone is going to say “why am I listening to cut-rate Prince when real Prince is right there?” and then you fade into obscurity, and even your big hit is confused for a song by the man you’re trying to replicate. This may explain why Ready for the World did not play the Superbowl a few years ago, while Prince did.