For those who had high hopes 20 years ago that Prince’s Paisley Park label would bring forth superb new artists – (you know... like Carmen Electra) – Tony LeMans was a good sign. His 1989 self-titled album was one of Paisley Park’s best.
Unfortunately, Tony LeMans died in a motorcycle accident in 1992. He was 29 years old.
Somebody has created a MySpace page in LeMans’s “loving memory.” It includes three downloadable tracks off the 1989 album. (Downloadable, that is, if you have a MySpace account.)
Two of those three MP3s are marred by technical glitches. But “Higher Than High” – which was a medium-sized hit on the R&B charts – survives intact. To hear it on my Vox blog, click here.
“Higher Than High” combines a Sly Stone lyric, a middle-era Prince synthesizer riff, a little Siedah Garrett on backing vocals, and a good-enough lead singing performance by LeMans. It’s yours if you want it. Follow this link.