About PM Dawn
PM Dawn - Frequently Asked Questions
By: Rocky Rennix
1...Who is PM Dawn?
Born Attrell Cordes, Prince Be is the oldest of the two brothers
(b. 15 May 1970). He provides the majority of the vocals for PM Dawn.
For some reason, he is also the more recognizable member of the duo.
1b...DJ Minute Mix
Jarrett Cordes (17 July 1971), the younger of the two brothers,
writes and performs most of the music for PM Dawn.
JC: "We both work on production together, Prince Be goes off on vibes
and writes the songs, then sings me the melodies and I come up with beats
and tracks. That's pretty much my role; producer/co-producer. We really
produce the music together."
Hailing from Jersey City, New Jersey (their step-father was a
member of Kool And The Gang), their backgrounds were shrouded
in tragedy. Their real father died of pneumonia when they were children,
and their brother Duncan drowned when he was two years old. They came
from a highly musical family - 10 of their aunts and uncles were rappers
and DJs in the genre's early days in the 70s, when Prince Be started rapping as a youngster at family parties. They were equally influenced by 60s pop and duly incorporated harmonies in their work.
2...What's Daisy Age Soul?
Daisy Age Soul is the rumored moniker that PM Dawn had recorded their demos under, (including "Check The Logic") before getting signed to Gee Street Records. Later refuted by Prince Be himself, who said they never did produce anything under this name. They simply were known as Prince Bee & DJ MinuteMix.
3...What does "PM Dawn" mean?
It is meant to indicate "the transistion from dark to light". Or, directly from Prince Be, "PM Dawn is an abbreviation of the idea that in the darkest hour comes the light."
4...What was PM Dawns first hit?
While "Ode To A Forgetful Mind" was their first released single, "A Watcher's Point Of View" was the first song to chart. It broke into the UK Top 40 in 1991. They wouldn't find success in the US, however, until the release of "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss", where it broke into the Hot 100 and rose to be the #1 single in the country according to Billboards Pop and R&B charts.
5...Where does PM Dawn record their music?
Bliss Studios, their own private studio in Jersey City, NJ.
1..."Of The Heart, Of The Soul and Of The Cross: The Utopian Experience" (HSC)
2. Reality Used To Be A Friend Of Mine
3. Paper Doll
4. To Serenade A Rainbow
6. A Watcher's Point Of View (Don't 'Cha Think)
7. Even After I Die
8. In The Presence Of Mirrors
9. Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
11. If I Wuz U
12. On A Clear Day
13. The Beautiful
2..."The Bliss Album...? Vibrations Of Love And Anger And The Ponderance Of Life And Existance
2. When Midnight Sighs
4. The Ways Of The Wind
5. To Love Me More
6. Almost Nothing (For The Love Of Destiny)
7. Norwegian Wood
8. Beyond Infinite Affections
9. Looking Through Patient Eyes
10. Filthy Rich (I Don't Wanna Be)
11. More Than Likely
12. The Nocturnal Is In The House
13. When It's Raining Cats And Dogs
14. I'd Die Without You
3..."Jesus Wept" (JW)
2. Downtown Venus
3. My Own Personal Gravity
4. I'll Be Waiting For You
5. Forever Damaged (The 96th)
7. The Puppet Show
8. Silence...Recorded At The Gravesite Of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
9. Why God Loves You
10. Miles From Anything
11. The 9:45 Wake-Up Dream
13. A Lifetime
14. Sometimes I Miss You So Much
15. Fantasia's Confidential Ghetto: 1999/Once In A Lifetime/Coconut
4..."Dearest Christian, I am So Very Sorry For Bringing You Here. Love, Dad. " (DC)
1. Music for Carnivores
2. Art Deco Halos
3. Being So Not for You (I Had No Right)
4. Misery in Utero
5. If I Could Be Your Star
6. Yang: As Private I's
7. Screaming at Me
8. I Hate Myself for You
9. No Further Damage
10. Hale-Bopp Regurgitations
11. Faith in You
13. [Untitled Track]
5..."The Best of PM Dawn" (BoPM)
1. Set Adrift on Memory Bliss [Radio Edit]
2. Paper Doll
3. I'd Die Without You
4. Looking Through Patient Eyes
5. The Ways of the Wind
6. Downtown Venus
7. Sometimes I Miss You So Much
8. Gotta Be... Movin' on Up
9. Being So Not for You (I Had No Right)
10. Faith in You
11. A Watcher's Point of View [Don't 'Cha Think] [Todd Terry's Hard House Mix]
12. The Ways of the Wind [Main 7"]
13. Reality Used to Be a Friend of Mine [CJ Macintosh 7" Edit]
14. Gotta Be...Movin' on Up [Morales Radio Edit]
6..."F*cked Music"* (FM)
2. Insufficent Fundz
4. Be B*st*rd
5. Stay Away From Me
6. In My Dreamz
7. Slowly but Surely
8. Trying Timez
10. Don't Make Me Lie To You
11. I Can See Myself
13. Being Nowhere
15. Bonus Track: Uoy Rof Flesym Etah I
6b...What were the circumstances surrounding this release?
This album was made by PM Dawn without the help of anyone
from the outside. There was no marketing, no record label and no
financing provided by anyone other than PM Dawn. It was to be an
album "for the fans". After running into some problems regarding
samples, the album was pulled from future sale.
1. Medley Mine Mind
2. A Tale Of An Unexplained Soul
3. Sacrificial Blue
5. The Confidence In Dead Crickets
6. May U Always Drink Bizzare
7. U, Me, The Vibe, Electric
8. Love Is All That Matters To Me
9. To Love & Hate... Seriously
10. Lonely... I Could Be With You Forever
8... Other Appearances
9a. Of PM Dawn songs...
9b. By PM Dawn...
10..."P.M. Dawn:The Video Collection" (TVC)
1. Set Adrift on Memory Bliss
2. Paper Doll
3. Reality Used to be a Friend of Mine
4. I'd Die Without You
6. Looking Through Patient Eyes
7. Ways of the Wind
8. Ways of the Wind (cash money mix)
9. Downtown Venus
10. Sometimes I Miss You So Much
11. I Had No Right
12. More Than Likely
1..."What samples have PM Dawn used in their songs?"
"True" - Spandau Ballet......................................................."Set Adrift On A Memory Bliss"
"Father Figure" - George Michael........................................"Looking Through Patient Eyes"
"I Had a King" - Joni Mitchell.............................................."Ways Of The Wind"
"Hush" - Deep Purple.........................................................."Downtown Venus"
"Four 0' Clock In The Mornin" - The Hassles......................."My Own Personal Gravity"
"Pacific" - 808 State............................................................"I'll Be Waiting For You"
2..."Why is this "So On and So On" song listed on my CD jacket, but not actually on the
3..."Why can't I find FM or UN in stores?"
FM/UN was sold briefly (about a month) on pmdawn.net.
It was never made availible in stores.
4..."Why did they stop selling FM/UN on pmdawn.net?"
4a..."Can I still get a copy of FM/UN?"
Unfortunately, no. If you didn't order and receive the cds from
pmdawn.net at the end of 2000, then you missed the boat.
5..."Who is this Christian referred to in the album title DC?"
Prince Be's son.
6..."Are PM Dawn still around?"
YES! They are still together making music after 14 years.
7..."When will there be another PM Dawn album?"
Probably sometime mid-2002.
8..."Will it have any of the tracks from FM/UN?"
Maybe one or two (which tracks they will be is unknown at this time).
9..."What happened with KRS-One / De La Soul?"
D...PM Dawn On The Internet
1..."Are either members of PM Dawn on the internet?"
Prince Be has been known to pop up from time to time on a message board
affiliated with a fan site (which is widely considered to be the unofficial "official"
web site for PM Dawn).
2..."Is there a fan community? Where can I reach them?"
There are fan forums at:
(the latter of which is meant to be a replacement for the former).
3..."What's PM Dawn's policy on MP3s?"
It seems that PM Dawn are not fans of MP3s. When FM/UN was released,
Prince Be made his intentions clear by expressing his desire for the tracks to
not be encoded to MP3 and made availible on Napster (when it was still around).
Doing a search today in any other MP3-acquiring system, you will find that most
of PM Dawns tracks have been blocked from download due to copyright restrictions.
4..."What about rare/live stuff?"
Well, it seems there arent many live or rare tracks out there in the first place so
at this time, it isn't safe to assume that PM Dawn are for or against live music trading.
PM Dawn (like most music acts) do not allow their concerts to be recorded.
Most rare tracks were included with FM/UN (see above for PM Dawns stance on
"acquiring" these tracks).
Thanks to: Sonicnet, Sainthax, Brian (JJFP2K)