Nick Jonas’s New Power Administration

Nick Jonas  Photo: Disney.com
Nick Jonas  Photo: Disney.com

Nick Jonas Photo: Disney.com

Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers will be releasing a side project in 2010 entitled "The Administration" and was recorded in a 2 week span.

The recording took place in Nashville, Tennessee.  The band that Nick recorded with was some of Prince's New Power Generation band from the 90's including Michael Bland and Tommy Barberella  and also a favorite of mine, David Ryan Harris, who usually tours with John Mayer.

Unfortunately, David Ryan Harris will not be touring with The Administration and is being replaced by Sonny Thompson, another former member of Prince's band.  Wow.  First Justin Timberlake and now a Jonas Brother has a Prince backed band.  There has been a Prince connection with the Jonas Brothers for a while however.

Bob Cavallo, who used to manage Prince under the management company Cavallo, Ruffalo, & Fargnoli back in the day, was The Jonas Brothers saving grace.  They released a debut album to dismal sales.  Cavallo gave the record a listen and contacted his friends at Hollywood Records and said they need to sign this group now. They took Bob's advice and within a year later, were selling out arena's everywhere and will be playing again with Stevie Wonder later this month.

No word if Nick will be covering any Prince material on the tour but I am dying to hear him try singing P. Control "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" or something.  Um. Just had a vision of how that sounded and looked so I take it back. 

The band will debut on December 2nd for the Grammy Special on CBS and the CD entitled "Who I Am" will debut on Feb. 2nd.-Dr.FB

Comments (11)
  1. is any body here

  2. he cant leave his brothers

  3. Thanks Fay,
    You certainly have some smart things to say regarding the subject, and I respect your opinion.

    You’re right that Neil Diamond etc would not mean the same to me as Prince haha…it would truly surprise me if Prince liked this band.

    I like the interpretation of yours on the South Park episode, and I took similar messages from it myself, though I believe the band was portrayed (regardless of Mickey Mouse’s opinion), as being rather stupid, and there was an ongoing sense to the viewer, that the writers disliked the band.

    In other words, the message you took from it I believe is an accurate one, though I do think there were criticisms towards the band also, and not just towards the corporate marketing.

    These criticisms towards the band, may largely be regarding their naivete however as you have mentioned.

    Selling sex to young girls may not necessarily be anything to do with the band, but I would not rule it out from a corporate, business point of view. Nothing is pure as you say, though it depends on the true intentions behind the ones that promote them, as to whether it would be an accurate statement. Unfortunately, not something we can be 100% sure of.

    I appreciate you voicing your opinion regardless, as it is a relevant and interesting one.

  4. (Oh and Billy, thanks for being respectful in your response when you could have just been assy. I appreciate that!)

  5. Billy –

    Sadly, no re: Prince – but there is a lot of cross-pollination between their teams (& the Jonas keyboardist is a proud Funkytowner), but I can’t verify that besides rumor so you can mentally delete that endorsement, I suppose. I can provide proof of support from the likes of Neil Diamond, Brad Paisley, Shooter Jennings & Barry Gibb…but I am guessing that won’t mean as much…?

    LOL. :)

    I agree about the hidden truth of South Park episodes. But I think it’s too easy to miss the truth behind some of the (very funny) nonsense in those episodes.

    To me, the truth behind that episode is that a company like Disney can take something real & genuine (like a band’s religious beliefs and naivete) and abuse it for profits. That’s about corporate marketing, not the band. Yeah, Mickey Mouse says nasty things about them..but, um…he’s supposed to be an insane, profit-crazed villain.

    And the selling sex to young girls line? I find it intellectually shallow, and I say this as a feminist. Everything is based on sensual/sexual appeal, even for very young children.We’re human and that’s the way it is. Nothing is “pure”. That anyone is naive enough to believe it can be and buys things based on marketing that helps promote that idea…that’s their problem, not the problem of a band of teenagers writing bubblegum garage funk pop rock about teen love and keep their label happy.

  6. Fay,
    Thanks for your opinion. I admit that I can not state any particular side about the band, having not looked into them myself. Recommending the South Park episode, is merely one avenue of many possibilities regarding the Jonas Brothers, and one which I found entertaining to say the least.

    I can’t openly critisize the band at a personal level, and wouldn’t do so without first having looked further into their music. Though based on previous South Park episodes, it is rather evident, that much of what they say is certainly based on the hidden truth.

    Out of interest, is there any evidence regarding your claims that Prince as an individual appreciates and supports their music?

  7. Cool.

    BTW, Billy – Most people who mock the Jonas Brothers are basing their opinions on media coverage of their purity rings and that episode of South Park. You’re all wrong about them.

    I thought they were just a cute product band for my kid at first but they are a real deal band…once you see them in a live concert setting this becomes very clear. Most adults who like pop don’t get the pleasure of a show as musically organic as a live Jonas show…the music they are playing themselves is very good, and they are backed by a team of outstanding sidemen as well as strings and horns.

    It’s a music-loving parents’ dream for their kids to experience…and to be quite honest it was a revelation to me, as a 30 year old, that arena sized pop music was still being played like the “real music” I had gotten into in college.

    Their vocal quality is a matter of opinion, like with any performer. I like their voices, esp. Joe’s. Their songs are simple and show their youth, but they are well done for their genre.

    They’re pretty excellent and deserving of respect. Many significant musicians – Prince, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello – know they are good and treat them with respect, it’s too bad most regular people are too ignorant to do the same.

  8. haha, people should watch the South Park Episode from season 13, Episode 1: The Ring.

    Kenny and his new girlfriend are encouraged by the Jonas Brothers to wear purity rings, which is secretly a marketing tactic by the Walt Disney Company to sell sex to young girls.

    Mickey Mouse: “Where would you be without me Jonas Brothers. Your music sucks and you know it.”

    The publicist for the Jonas Brothers specifically forbade reporters from asking the band about the episode.

  9. Prince enjoys real music by real musicians so I think he would appreciate the Jonas Brothers efforts. They may not ever work with him but at least they get a shot to learn/experience from his band. Very cool – sort of makes me wish I was a teen again.

  10. this sounds mmmm interesting

  11. Prince would roll over in his grave if he found out that his baddest band was backing a Jonass Bro.

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