– The movie version which Prince dissolved in 1986. Prince’s most iconic band was intended to be a multi-racial, multi-gendered ensemble inspired by Sly and the Family Stone. Their synergy, understanding of spectacle, and gift for gear combined with Prince at the helm was unmatched.
Wendy Melvoin -Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
Lisa Coleman – Keyboards, Synthesizers, Vocals
Wendy & Lisa are the heart and soul of The Revolution. Lisa signed on in 1980 bringing along her girlfriend Wendy shortly after. They were in Purple Rain (1984), played on Purple Rain, played on Around the World in a Day, and Parade and Under the Cherry Moon. They were vocal about not getting the recognition and credit they deserved. Things became even more complicated when Prince began dating Wendy’s twin sister. The last straw seemed to be Prince’s decision to expand The Revolution to include background dancers. They were convinced to stay until the end of the Hit N Run Parade tour, but Prince dissolved the group anyway so they were dismissed.
Matthew Robert Fink - Keyboards, Synthesizers, Vocals
Who’s the guy in surgical mask and scrubs in the space station? Dr. Fink went on to have a lucrative career as a session musician after his career was touched. You see, Prince loved Fink and even kept him around after he ended The Revolution. Fink was crucial to Prince’s sound, acting as the T.O.N.T.O. to his Stevie Wonder and helping him program the synth driven “Dirty Mind.”
Robert Rivkin - Drums, Percussion
Prince’s secret weapon and errand boy while working for manager Owen Husney. Trust was established quickly with Prince mentioning on the liner notes of his self-titled as a heaven sent helper. Prince was adamant about having a white drummer to ensure a racially diverse band ala Sly Stone and added Z. for Controversy. Beginning with 1999, Prince began incorporating drum machines into his music and Z. had to learn how to operate the machinery in concert and studio. Much to his detriment he was replaced by Sheila E, far and away the most celebrated drummer Prince ever worked with.
Mark Brown - Bass, Vocals
BrownMark joined The Revolution in 1981 one year out of high school to play on Controversy. He was well versed in funk citing Larry Graham, The Brothers Johnson, and Bootsy Collins as primary influences. According to Prince mythology, BrownMark took Prince’s demo intended for his own project Mazarati and turned it into “Kiss,” which Prince reclaimed.