The Original 7ven on stage at Club Nokia / L.A. Live, October 19, 2011

*History was made last Wednesday night.

On October 19, seven individually gifted musicians who made their collective mark in music from 1981 to 1990 with hits like “Jungle Love”, “The Bird”, “777-9311”, “Cool”, “Gigolo’s Get Lonely Too”, Fishnet”, and “Ice Cream Castles” under the tutelage of Prince, hit the stage at Club Nokia / L.A. Live in Los Angeles with a brand new name. With that said, The Original 7ven only had to ask the crowd of devoted fans one question:

What time is it?

Sound familiar? Formerly known as The Time, drummer Jellybean Johnson, guitarist Jesse Johnson, Jimmy Jam and Monte Moir on keyboards, bassist Terry Lewis, comic sidekick Jerome Benton and centerpiece Morris Day came out swingin’. Of course front-man Morris Day made his entrance nearly five-minutes after the band. And in true “Day-style” strolled onto the stage with his usual swagger, and headed straight to the huge mirror held by Benton. After a quick assessment of his slicked-down hair, he went into action: Oh-we-oh-we-oh!

Hard-core fans know what I’m talkin’ ‘bout!

The audience was so hyped with anticipation they quickly forgave the thirty-minutes-late start of the show. The band played all of their hits and saved “Jungle Love” for the encore. Audiences are feeling the new stuff too. “CONDENSATE” the new 14-cut CD, was released on October 18, and the record’s first single, “#TRENDIN” – a lively lil’ diddy that plays on the power of social media, is one of those songs that once you hear it, you can’t get it out of your head. Take a listen you’ll see what I mean.

Pure genius guys. Welcome back!

Too bad the Purple One wouldn’t let this group continue to use their original name. He definitely loses cool points for this; but The Original 7ven is clearly not looking back, nor harboring any hard feelings. New moniker. Same funky grooves. And then some…

Visit the official website of The Original 7ven to learn how you can order their music.

DeBorah B. Pryor has been a contributing writer with EURweb since 2003. She is an adjunct instructor at UCLA Extension, where she teaches her original workshop, “Public Speaking for the Private Person”. Visit her website, www.dpryorpresents.com to learn more.