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Andre Cymone wrote and produced two of the songs in 14 ways to wear lipstick: No More Pain and Ball and Chain.

An early member of Prince's touring ensemble, Andre Cymone did his own "look ma, no band" musical crossover LP in 1982.

During the 80's he produced hits like Livin' in the New Wave, Survivin' in the 80's and AC. Although Survivin' in the 80's still shows a lot of Prince's influence (especially imagewise--check the costumed male/female black/white band photo on the cover), Cymone is working more typical dancefloor terrain than the Purple One, with processed vocals and mild scratch production adjusting the slow funk grooves of numbers like "Make Me Wanna Dance" and "Body Thang."

Back on his own in the studio, Cymone created AC with only skimpy outside assistance. Prince wrote and co-produced one easily recognizable track ("The Dance Electric") that also features backing vocals by Wendy and Lisa; Cymone allowed others to add a few jots of percussion and vocals as well. Otherwise, Cymone remains perfectly capable--like his ex-boss--of working easily and independently in a number of styles, from languid reflection ("Pretty Wild Girl") to pretty balladry ("Sweet Sensuality") to kinetic dance music ("Book of Love," "Satisfaction").

Although Cymone hasn't made a record under his own name in a while, his full-service production/writing work with Jody Watley, Tom Jones and Adam Ant has kept him busy and successful through the late '80s and 90's.

The following sites contain a sample of Andre's work:

  • Jody Watley: André Cymone produced, wrote, and even played on most of her albums. Check this site for more info about these albums.

Andre is currently working on several projects for his company ZDC. Productions, one of which is an artist by the name of Pernicia Jordan. Pernicia and Andre are working on her album yet to be titled. Look forward to Pernicia's record to be an interesting blend of Alternative R&B with an edge. Another one of Andre's groups is "Tribe of Millions", a Minneapolis based band that has won the attention of the twin cities by earning the title of best modern rock band 2 years in a row. "Tribe" is also working on their album along with Andre.

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