“Sugar Walls” is the second single from Sheena Easton‘s 1984 album A Private Heaven. It spent 16 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, nine of which were in the top 40. It reached #9 overall, as well as #3 on the R&B chart and #1 on the Dance chart. The song failed to chart well in Easton’s native UK. It was composed by Alexander Nevermind, a pseudonym used by Prince.
The song title is presumed to be a euphemism for the lining of a vagina, which was perhaps sufficiently subtle by itself, but the general content was considered suggestive enough to qualify the song for the “Filthy Fifteen.” Although Easton’s music video for “Sugar Walls” did not in itself feature any controversial visual content, some broadcasters refused the video airplay because of the sexual imagery of the song’s lyrics. Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart and Tipper Gore’s PMRC criticized the song when it was first released.
Alexander Nevermind (Prince)