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Remembering Prince

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  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    With the news of Prince’s passing yesterday there’s been an outpouring of sadness and love. From tributes to live performances to the sharing of favorite songs, late night appearances, live videos, and memories — it’s been a purple drenched world. My first exposure to Prince came when I saw the Batman logo on a cassette tape at the local store, and needed it, badly. I was six or seven and obsessed with everything Batman. My parents told me I had to wait until the movie came out on video because they wanted to talk to me about some of the themes and violence depicted in the film (and pause it if I got too scared). But that didn’t stop me from asking for anything, and everything, that had the Batman emblem on it. From cereal to toys to t-shirts: I wanted it all. I still remember seeing the tape and begging for it. I was a child, I don’t think I had any clue what a soundtrack even was. I just wanted this little plastic box because Batman. My mom bought it and told me she had to listen to it first, I remember her explaining to me that this artist sometimes sang about “grown up things” and she wasn’t sure if it was going to be appropriate for me. It was one of the first conversations I ever remember having with my parents about these “grown up things.” I ended up getting to listen to the album if I promised I wouldn’t repeat certain words. Of course, I loved it. It was different, fun, funky, and I could dance to it. Over the next two decades I discovered the rest of Prince’s discography. I loved the uniqueness and I loved Prince’s dedication to his vision. It’s now, in retrospect, that I see the phenomenal songwriter, the virtuoso guitar player, and the show stopping performer. Here’s to you Prince, thank you for everything you did for music.

    I’ve compiled my favorite tributes, videos, and links below.

    Frank Ocean:

    He wrote my favorite song of all time, ‘when you were mine’. It’s a simple song with a simple melody that makes you wish you thought of it first, even though you never would have – a flirtatious brand of genius that feels approachable. He was a straight black man who played his first televised set in bikini bottoms and knee high heeled boots, epic. He made me feel more comfortable with how I identify sexually simply by his display of freedom from and irreverence for obviously archaic ideas like gender conformity etc. He moved me to be more daring and intuitive with my own work by his demonstration.

    Bomani Jones, in Playboy:

    There is no fear of hyperbole when remembering Prince. He was the best recording artist of his time, the most versatile, more influential to a broader array of artists and genres than anyone. As long as it’s not a horn, he might have been the best at playing any basic pop instrument. He was a singular tour de force, using each of his albums to defy silly record-store categories. He could be as energetic and defiant as James Brown, as traditionally masculine as Teddy Pendergrass, as unbounded as David Bowie, as vulnerable as Marvin Gaye, as insightful as Paul Simon and as electric as Michael Jackson. At the same damn time.

    Thousands sing “Purple Rain” in downtown Minneapolis:

    This is what it sounds like when thousands of Prince faithful sing Purple Rain. @StarTribune

    — Aaron Lavinsky (@ADLavinsky) April 22, 2016

    Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne — "While My Guitar Gently Weeps":

    Hit's written by Prince but performed by others:

    The year 1986 saw the release of the second film Prince starred in, Under The Cherry Moon. His character’s name was Christopher, which would end up being the pseudonym used in the writing credits for “Manic Monday,” a track Prince submitted to The Bangles for their sophomore album.

    Prince's final live performance in Atlanta:

    No one imagined that it would be the last time Prince would perform, when they saw him during his stop in Atlanta last week, April 14, 2016, after a 12 year hiatus. Prince's “Piano and a Microphone” tour was a flawless display of his artistry. Like the show's title suggests, it was just him, his piano and a purple strobe light beaming down as he played. The backdrop was a screen with illustrations of various images of the artist that dissolved into a collage of his various looks and album covers through the decades.

    Pearl Jam cover "Purple Rain":

    Jennifer Hudson sings "Purple Rain":

    The New Yorker:

    Before I knew you could dress that way; before I knew it was called “funk,” and before I learned what a synthesizer did; before I knew that love songs could sound solitary and weird, and before I figured out that Minneapolis must be on another planet; before the sound of computer blues and militant drum machines, of sex dressed up as lullaby; before “Kiss” unnerved me, and before I reasoned that it was because of the falsetto; before I understood the value of “an intellect and a savoir-faire”; before my mother bribed me into transcribing the lyrics of “Nothing Compares 2 U” for her, and before I understood the devilry of binding contracts; before I understood what “Gett Off” meant or who “critics in New York” were, and before I discovered that you could drop the long version of “Erotic City,” go to the bar for a drink, and still be fulfilling your obligations as a d.j.; before I understood that you could just keep making art in your own special language, well past the point where all eyes trained on you, and that it was just for those who had loyally stayed until the end: before all of that, I saw purple.

    A Hamilton Tribute:

    Prince's Coachella 2008 performance:


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  2. aoftbsten

    Trusted Supporter

    Definitely one of the best Superbowl performances ever. I wish I had been able to see him live.
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  3. carlosonthedrums

    Cooler than a polar bear's toenails Prestigious

    It's crazy how similar your story is to mine in terms of initial exposure to his music. I remember getting the cassette single and watching the VHS until the damn thing wouldn't play anymore. I was convinced that any time he said "funky" or "funkiest" he was saying a bad word and my mom was gonna smack me.

    What an uncompromising innovator.
  4. Clicked your profile, looked at your age, and was like yep, that's about right. Haha. :batman:
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  5. kpatrickwood

    Give what you can. Supporter

    I remember sitting on my grandma's floor watching this for the first time when I was 5 or 6. It left me thoroughly entertained and kinda freaked out, and I think that's what Prince did to the entire planet. Also made me really want a boombox.

  6. iCarly Rae Jepsen

    run away with me Platinum

    was lucky enough to see him live twice, one of which seems like the kind of story that best describes him

    I went to see Stevie Wonder and he had two guests that night, first was Tony Bennett who got a long flowery introduction and standing ovation and all that, next was Prince who walked on stage without saying a word, picked up a purple guitar, nailed the solo on Superstition, and then vanished into the ether because he was fucking Prince
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  7. Nathan

    Always do the right thing. Supporter

    Really enjoyed this anecdote from Chip Zdarsky

    And of course Frank Ocean's statement.

    I missed him live three times, I hesitated each time because of the price, and I wish I'd gone at least once. 1999, Sign o' the Times, and Purple Rain are seared into my brain. I feel the loss of future music, but am so thankful for his epic prolificness, as his vast discography will allow me to re-discover him over and over again.

    When musicians pass away, it's a different sort of feeling than when an actor or director does, at least to me. Especially one who's music I knew and loved that well. I haven't felt like this since Clarence Clemons died. Clemons sax playing and Prince's songwriting and screaming and unbelievable guitar playing felt essential, like I needed them, and I never questioned I'd be without them. Of course, I won't be. They'll live on in the studio albums and concert footage, and I can continue having the million different feelings their art gave me until the end of time. But Prince was still going. He was non-stop, to borrow a phrase from Hamilton. So that hurts. Rest in power.

    Definitely need to catch Purple Rain when it comes back into theaters, I'll put up with an AMC for that.
  8. Jake Z


    Definitely respect his artistry, to be honest I've only heard like 3 of his songs. I'm not big into pop music, but seems like the guy could do it all. Maybe I'll check out some of his tunes now.
  9. dustyfloors

    Baskiceball Champion

  10. You have a Motion City Soundtrack avatar ... ?
  11. razorburn


    This still doesn't feel real to me.
  12. razorburn


    Prince was more than just pop music. You should definitely dive into his discography; there's something for everyone.
  13. aranea

    Trusted Prestigious

    listen to the albums purple rain, around the world in a day, and 1999
  14. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    One of those artists who always just seemed larger than life to me. I'm not a @cshadows2887 level fan by any means, but Prince was just one of those guys who could do anything and make it sound effortlessly cool. I think I first knew him as "the guy who changed his name to a symbol," and I thought that was the coolest fucking thing in the world. He'll be missed. Excited to explore his catalog for this week's classic artist discussions.

    Also, not sure if this has been posted yet, but Prince is going to have the top two albums on the charts this week.
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  15. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    It makes me really happy that you listed Around the World in a Day here.
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  16. Jake Z


    Yep. I guess it's what you define pop as. Music that contains poppy influences I often enjoy. However, straight up pop music by itself I am not a huge fan of.
  17. MCS has more "straight up" pop music than a whole lot of Prince though, it just came across as strange given the realities of both artist's catalogs to deride pop music while sporting a pop band avatar. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  18. Jake Z


    I can understand that. I guess it's bc MCS still has a ton of punk/indie rock mixed with the pop. And as I mentioned I know very little about Prince other than the mega hits. Have to check some other stuff out.