80’s Mania Mondays: The Things That You Do To Me

The best known version of this song features a rapper, one of the icons of R&B, and one of the greatest female singers of R&B/soul music. The other version just so happens to have been written and performed by none other than Prince.

Today’s 80’s Mania Monday song is “I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan.

“I Feel For You” is Chaka Khan’s biggest solo hit, reaching #1 on the R&B chart and staying there for three weeks. It also was her biggest pop hit as well, landing at #3 and also staying in that position for three weeks. As many people know, her version of the song has become iconic: with rapper Grandmaster Melle Mel (from Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five) repeating Chaka’s name through his rap verses; and one brief, but very memorable harmonica solo from none other than Stevie Wonder. Throw in some souped-up electronic percussion, some hot bass licks from Reggie Griffin and a production with hip-hop touches (at least hip-hop in 1984), and you have your classic hit.

Most people also know that Chaka spent time with the band Rufus, collecting a ton of R&B hits and the occasional pop hit with them. What many people may not know is that Chaka’s biggest hit was written by Prince and his version was released in 1979 on his second album. The song was never released as a single but has remained influential for decades.

Prince’s catalog was recently returned to most of the streaming services, but there are no official videos of his music back on YouTube as of yet. I was able to find one video with his version of “I Feel For You.” It probably won’t be up for long, but here it is for now:

If you can’t play that one, and you can use Spotify, here’s his version:

A shout out to Sirius/XM satellite radio station 80’s on 8 for playing this song last night, and giving me the inspiration to write about it. As always, thanks for reading and listening.

19 Replies to “80’s Mania Mondays: The Things That You Do To Me”

  1. Chaka Khan. Chaka Khan. Yes! Loved this song. I also liked her back in the Tell Me Something Good days. Another song of hers that I enjoyed was Through the Fire. Excellent choice, T. Wayne. Adding Prince’s version was also a nice touch.

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    1. Thank you Susan. It’s not easy to find Prince’s versions anywhere on YouTube. I have no idea how long that one will be on this post. Thankfully, the streaming services (other than Tidal, where he kept his music under exclusive access before he passed) have his songs back now, after they were previously available.

      And yes, her Rufus days in her early twenties was how she came to fame. That voice was unstoppable, and couldn’t be denied when she stepped out for a solo career.

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  2. One of only a few songs in which the singer’s name is in the lyrics (the “Chaka Khans” woven all through there…) India Arie is another. I didn’t realize Prince wrote this… a nice tribute to him as he passed almost a year ago; I recall the April 2016 Poet’s Billow Challenge had a Prince prompt that day. 1980’s must have been my era. I look forward to your Monday picks for just that reason. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Joan! Yes, a lot of people have no idea that Prince wrote it, and fewer still know that he actually did release a version of it.

      Stay tuned, more Monday fun to come! Thanks for your support!

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  3. My family had just gotten MTV around the time this song and video were popular, and it was my first introduction to the concept of “rap.” I know Prince wrote a lot of songs that other artists made hits out of in the 80’s, but was unaware this was one of them!

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  4. No hell you didn’t!
    No you did not!
    No hell you did not!
    I always loved the original Prince! YAAASSS!
    My Twin! YAAASSS!
    Due to the tightness of our beloved Prince’s grip, it was very hard to find this jam…but….I am happy that we have it now, though I don’t like the reason why.

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