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Video: Iowa's Christopher the Conquered Covers Prince's "Nothing Compares 2U"

Trapper Schoepp
Iowa-based singer-songwriter Christopher the Conquered covered Prince's "Nothing Compares 2U"

Singer-songwriter Christopher the Conquered (a.k.a. Christopher Ford) was setting up for a Lake Effect interview and performance in WUWM's Studio C1 on Thursday afternoon when the news came out that Prince had passed away at age 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota.

The news first stunned him, and then inspired him to dust off a cover of the Prince-penned "Nothing Compares 2U." The song written and recorded in 1985, but was made famous in 1990 by Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor.

It had been a while since Ford had played the song, and his impromptu run-through reminded him of why he fell in love with the song years ago.  "When you listen to it, it sounds beautiful and you hear the emotion," he says, "but when you [go through the chords], that's just top-notch composition."

Christopher the Conquered's new CD, "I'm Giving Up On Rock and Roll," is due to be released on May 13th.