Based on Prince’s fortunes, Flyte Tyme knew they’d require original material and a decent demo to acquire Twin Cities escape velocity. With producer David Rivkin, the group convened at Creation Audio in June 1979, to track three songs. Opening with an off-mic giggle, “It’s The Things That You Do” revs into an aggressive funk strut, in which Terry Lewis’ bass thumps out melodic and contrapuntal statements. “I’ve Got You On My Mind” featured a dreamy guitar intro by songwriter Anton Johnson, tethered to keyboard newcomer Monte Moir’s perfectly pixilated synth lead, making way for Cynthia’s vision-filled pleading. While Flyte Tyme’s gaudy capes, masks, and diapers dropped hints about how diligently they’d been tracking the Mothership’s flight patterns, the flashy Minneapolis outfit always sailed through smoother skies.
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