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Any fans here?

Yeah, the guy has gone through more stages of insanity than usual as far as pop geniuses go, but his body of work is pretty stunning in terms of variety and quality. If one has the patience to sift through dozens of bad/mediocre stuff to find the dozens of excellent stuff, there's always a sense of discovery with this guy's music.

I'm currently rocking the OOP, kinda obscure stuff ("Don't Play Me," "Tangerine"), but 1999 and Dirty Mind have found there way back into semi-constant rotation.
post #2 of 146
Yeah I'm a fan as well.

I can't decide which is my favorite: 1999 or Purple Rain. Both are classic albums. Then again I really like all of his 80's albums. I feel that even the Batman soundtrack has some great songs.
post #3 of 146
Massive fan. I'm hesitant to call myself that, because it's not like I trawl through his back catalogue or anything and it denigrates TRUE Prince fans, but I generally love everything I hear. "Scandalous" from BATMAN is my favourite Prince song.

He receives bonus points for poaching wacky mascot Jerome Benton away from The Time for a brief period. Then forcing him to do a squatting dance routine in the video to "Mountains".
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"Scandalous" from BATMAN is my favourite Prince song.
Wh?
post #5 of 146
Prince equals Purple Velvet Awesome.

...I'm just sayin'.
post #6 of 146
1999 and Purple Rain would both make my "Top Whatever Albums Of All-Time List". Pure genius.
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One of the greatest things pop music has ever produced is the percussion on the album "Purple Rain". That's up there with Freddy Mercury's voice, Chuck Berry's guitar, and the fact that John Lennon met Paul McCartney.

It's hard to pick a favorite song, but I do adore "I Would Die 4 U" more than any other, at the moment.
post #8 of 146
Giant fan for most of my life.

He has so much more to offer than the classic 80's stuff.
DIAMONDS and PEARLS, THE GOLD EXPERIENCE and EMANCIPATION
(not to mention some of the tracks on COME) are nearly as masterful as anything he's ever done.
I love the Batman album as well. Almost no filler.



He's a mini golden God with a once in a lifetime ability and a giant weird face.
Check his weird lips out in the Under the Cherry Moon kissing scenes.

Yay Prince!
post #9 of 146
I think the guy's golden, despite my affinity for him causing me to be branded a fag during my time in East Texas. Glad to see quite a few fans here.
post #10 of 146
I would die for Prince. Erotic City is my favorite song, but there's a whole bunch that come a close second.
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I find myself humming/singing the chorus of "The Pope" to myself about once a week on average. Same thing with "7."
post #12 of 146
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Glad to see some props for stuff like Scandalous and 7 - Those songs are definitely underappreciated. And The Gold Experience rules - Eye Hate U (and a few others on that record) are easily in the same league as his best material from the '80s.

I just rediscovered Another Lonely Christmas, and it might just be my favorite Prince track ever. It somehow straddles the line between somber and festive, while never falling into depressing territory. Fantastic stuff.
post #13 of 146
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He's a mini golden God with a once in a lifetime ability and a giant weird face.
Check his weird lips out in the Under the Cherry Moon kissing scenes.
I remember watching some weird Prince video (is there any other kind?) with my grandfather in the room, and while Prince was smirking in close-up, my grandfather blurted "LIPS LIKE A FUCKEN DOORSTEP".

I read a Prince biography, and apparently while in school, bullies called him "Butcher Dog" because of his weird face. And he was also apparently really good at basketball!
post #14 of 146
Yeah, that Dave Chappelle skit totally validates Prince's golden, awesome status in this world. Nothing wrong with the guy. Quite brilliant, in fact.

This is going to sound strange: I conducted a morning PT session, and due to monsoon season here in Korea I had to lead the way by taking charge doing aerobics. Not so shockingly, "Let's Go Crazy" is the perfect song to start off with.
post #15 of 146
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And he was also apparently really good at basketball!
It's because...he's...a great musician! Nimble fingers and whatnot.
post #16 of 146
For shits and giggles,
My 10 favorite Prince songs.

Letitgo
Money Don't Matter 2 Nite
Gett Off
Lemon Crush
Right Back Here in My Arms
Shhh
Mountains
The Beautiful Ones
Adore
The Cross
post #17 of 146
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I find myself humming/singing the chorus of "The Pope" to myself about once a week on average. Same thing with "7."
Once again Misfit and I seem to be the same person. I think The Pope is fucking brilliant. I will also defend the Love Symbol album to my death as one of the greatest funk albums.
post #18 of 146
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I read a Prince biography, and apparently while in school, bullies called him "Butcher Dog" because of his weird face. And he was also apparently really good at basketball!
Game. Blouses.

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Gett Off
This song is my jam! "22 positions in a one night stand!" Prince at his hedonistic best.
post #19 of 146
I think my favorite thing about Skipper is how amazingly prolific he is. I have 500 Prince songs on my iPod, with maybe half being unreleleased stuff that is absolutely brilliant. He's one of the few artists I'm familiar with whose outtakes are just as great, if not better, than his released work. Check out 'Extra Lovable' (a '1999' outtake) and 'Rebirth of the Flesh' (a long story, but kinda a 'Sign O' the Times' outtake).

Plus, the stuff he did with Morris Day and the Time (everything on the first two albums musically and lyrically) was fantastic too.
post #20 of 146
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This song is my jam! "22 positions in a one night stand!" Prince at his hedonistic best.


"I like em fat
I like em proud

Ya gotta have a mother for me
Now move your big ass round this way
So I can work on that zipper, baby"
post #21 of 146
Cuz tonight, you're a star.
And I'm I'm the big dipper!
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na-na na-na!
na-na na-na!
post #23 of 146
The Beautiful Ones is my right-now fave. But if you doubted I loved Prince, you'd be wrong.
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post #25 of 146
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Originally Posted by Diva View Post
This song is my jam! "22 positions in a one night stand!" Prince at his hedonistic best.
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"Now move your big ass round this way
So I can work on that zipper, baby"
I see what you did there.
post #26 of 146
Can anyone recommend a good site for finding the rare Prince outtakes/ unreleased?

(Trying to find the full "Computer Blue" suite)
post #27 of 146
I think Andrew has a lady-man crush on Prince.

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I see what you did there.
I see what you did there.

Edit: I guess my friend's ears were ringing. He just e-mailed me a video of him singing karaoke to "Beautiful Ones". His singing is ok, but I'm posting it because he got so into the song that towards the end he starts writhing around the floor a la Prince. Hilarious.
post #28 of 146
Dug out my cds, 1999, Purple Rain, and Around The World in A Day. Been spending a lazy Sunday just getting reacquainted with these classics. (Forgot how much I love the latter! Title track especially cool)
post #29 of 146
Thread Starter 
Yeah, that title track is terrific - I actually think the "Around the World in a Day" album is up there with 1999 and Dirty Mind as the man's finest hour. Love the off-kilter, unusual sound of it.

Really though, aside from Controversy (which I've never been able to warm up to), I think his entire '80s run is pretty fantastic.
post #30 of 146
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I think Andrew has a lady-man crush on Prince.



I see what you did there.


Both of these statements are true.
post #31 of 146
Gett Off is a KILLER song. KILLER.
post #32 of 146
Side one of 1999 is such a funky blend. Forgot how much I love 'D.M.S.R.'!

Talk about crazy mixed messages in a song, check out 'Let's Pretend We're Married.' It's as schizophrenic as his music gets (especially the bizarre spoken word / almost rap outro).

And 'Lady Cab Driver"! Ohmygawd!
post #33 of 146
Any fans of the first two records?

And post-"Diamonds & Pearls", looking for a starting point suggestion. I heard "Crystal Ball" was cool.
post #34 of 146
For You has Soft and Wet, otherwise, it's a first album back when that meant he was finding himself. The self titled has a number of great jams, including I Feel for You, which is always better in the extended mix.

Basically, there's people who love Prince, and people who don't like to fuck.
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Basically, there's people who love Prince, and people who don't like to fuck.
I won't try to top that.
post #36 of 146
Purple Rain is one of my most played albums, but then again so is Thriller and Rumours so who say I have any taste.
post #37 of 146
Saw him live at the Palace during the Musicology tour. Un-fucking-real. My wife said that she could die happy if she ever saw Prince live, so we got tickets. The acoustic set in the middle of the show was fantastic; he had the entire arena singing along on Rufus' "Sweet Thing". He even donned a Tayshaun Prince Pistons jersey for the closer of "I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm A Star."

(Side note since The Time was mentioned: A couple of years ago, my wife and her brother saw them at a casino in Mt. Pleasant and got to do the Bird onstage with Morris and Jerome.)
post #38 of 146
The guitar solo and tone in Batdance is still up there with the all-time greats.
post #39 of 146
"Why you wanna treat me so bad?" Probably has one of his best solo's ever. It's also a sadly underrated song.
post #40 of 146
I can't remember which female stand-up comedian I heard talking about Prince, but, basically, she said this: Having sex with Prince would be awesome. You'd have about six of the best orgasms of your life, one after the other, and then you'd open your eyes, and there would be Prince, standing on the other side of the room. "How was that, baby?"

Love "Take Me with You," "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," "When You Were Mine," "Cinnamon Girl," "Gett Off," "Kiss," and about 20 others I'm not thinking of right now.
post #41 of 146
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Basically, there's people who love Prince, and people who don't like to fuck.
That should be in the liner notes to the box set!

I'm on a Prince kick. Picked up "Parade" today. Looking forward to hearing that one again ('Mountains' is maybe my favorite song of his)
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Anotherloverholenyohead!
post #43 of 146
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Any fans of the first two records?

And post-"Diamonds & Pearls", looking for a starting point suggestion. I heard "Crystal Ball" was cool.
Crystal Ball is a 3, 4, or 5 Disc set (depending on which version/bonus disc you get) and most of it is Not Essential. At all.
There's some good acoustic tracks (aforementioned "Don't Play Me"), but I would steer clear for now.


Post Diamonds and Pearls - I would start with THE GOLD EXPERIENCE.
Absolutely.

Then work your way through the "O+>" album, Emancipation, Come, and 3121.
post #44 of 146
Thread Starter 
Yeah, those are definitely good picks - Not a 3121 fan myself, but the others are definitely worth your time.

The later '90s albums are spotty, but there are some gems on stuff like Newpower Soul and Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic.

"Wasted Kisses," which is something like song 49 on NPS, is buried behind about 40 blank tracks, and it's easily the creepiest song I've ever heard from the lil' guy. Weird stuff going on all over the place on that track.

Up there with some of the darker "Come" tunes, it's well worth seeking out.
post #45 of 146
Been listening to Dirty Mind & Controversy all day. Raw funk. Cool stuff. (Only real misfire is "Annie Christian") Haven't listened since I had 'em on double cassette. The amazing thing is how his evolution took him so quickly from a slightly superior Rick James/ George Clinton acolyte to a pop craftsman to rival The Beatles.
(Stevie Wonder & Michael Jackson are the only artists who come close to matching his blend of Black music & Pop)
post #46 of 146
If you don't like Prince you don't like good music ( just like if you don't own Hot Buttered Soul you record collection sucks). Many have been the nights coming home from the bar where my bros and I have put on Sign O' Times DVD with Portuguese subtitles (because the copy we had came with them). I will say Computer Blue is the only song that keeps Purple Rain from being front to back perfect in my eyes.

In no particular order.

When Doves Cry
Purple Rain
Delirious
Little Red Corvette
Sign O' The Times
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
I Would Die 4 U
Let's Go Crazy
Alphabet St.
Pop Life

But how can you pick JUST 10 Prince songs?
post #47 of 146
Thread Starter 
It's true. I'll make a first attempt, but with Prince tunes the Top 10 becomes a very fluid thing. Good call on Pop Life - such an overlooked song.

Pop Life
I Wish U Heaven
Alphabet St.
When 2 R In Love
Lady Cab Driver
Little Red Corvette
Don't Play Me
Condition of the Heart
Money Don't Matter 2 Night
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

...and I'd throw Thieves in the Temple in there somewhere, 'cause that song never seems to get the props it deserves.
post #48 of 146
Top Ten, at the moment:
17 Days
Erotic City
Uptown
I Wanna Be Your Lover
Little Red Corvette
Anotherloverholenyohead!
Sleep Around
The Beautiful Ones
Money Don't Matter 2 Night
When You Were Mine
319

I cheated.
post #49 of 146
Ahh, Sleep Around, 319,
such a great little friend that Princey.


Guilty Pleasure Prince songs that I cannot take 100% seriously, but still get me all hopped up:

P Control
Partyman/Trust
Thunder
New Power Generation
Courtin Time

It's too bad Graffiti Bridge is so terrible...
post #50 of 146
My Current Faves

1. Purple Rain-Could just loop this all damn day; What a anthem

2. Mountains--Funky psychedelia

3. Kiss-Over-played, but awesome

4. I Could Never take The Place Of Your Man

5. Little Red Corvette-How can ya not love any song that starts off, "I Guess shoulda known by the way you parked your car sideways it wouldn't last...""

6. Let's Go Crazy-My favorite gospel song

7. Lady Cab Driver-Wow. Just wow.

8. Controversy-Infectious groove. "Punk Funk"

9. Hot Thing-personal reasons for loving this one, besides the fact it kicks

10. D.M.S.R.-classic dance song, sounds great blasting while driving

11. The Beautiful Ones--He just wails at the end. So great.

12. Head-a weird one to have stuck in your head all day
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