Wendy and Lisa is the self-titled 1987 debut album by Wendy and Lisa, formerly of Prince's band, The Revolution. Wendy Melvoin (vocals, guitar, bass guitar) and Lisa Coleman (vocals, keyboards) best known for their collaborations with Prince and the Revolution in the early-mid 1980s, began their career as a duo in 1986 when (go figure)became increasingly disillusioned with Prince's decision to expand the Revolution with non-musicians, such as Wally Safford and Gregory Allen Brooks, and Prince's increasing machismo that these new members brought with them. Unhappy and vocal about their feelings, they were eventually convinced to remain with the band and to go on tour that year with the "Hit and Run" shows. However, Prince felt spurned and by the end of the tour he had already decided he would dissolve The Revolution once the tour was complete. Hence, by October 1986, Coleman and Melvoin (along with Bobby Z.) were dismissed by Prince.
The lead single for their debut album, "Waterfall" received some airplay, and the music video was played on MTV and VH1. The album was a moderate success, but did not approach the sales figures of The Revolution. The sound was a continuation of the ethereal/dance/R&B fusion that had been the hallmark of their work with Prince; many Prince fans that were more fond of his funkier music did not follow the duo's work.
Lest you think this talented duo has faded into obscurity, that is far from the truth. They currently score all of the music for the NBC shows Crossing Jordan and Heroes. Their work on Heroes won the duo the 2007 Film & TV Music Award for Best Score for a Science Fiction Television Program. Most recently they did some work on Grace Jones new album Hurricane.
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