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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prince: 1958 - 2016


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really scary when someone of my generation dies, as far as anyone knows he wasn’t a drug user but then he was so exceptionally private.
I’ll never be Prince’s biggest fan, his arrogance and his ego to me just got in the way of being truly likable. As a performer he was always at the top of his game though, but I will never call him an innovator, more of a copier. Prince could take persona’s and bits of people like Hendrix, Sly Stone, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and mix them in to his act and make it his own better than anyone, he never made it look obvious- He even used the Mammas and the Papa’s and well as Brenda Lee, and brought it into his own. He was a hell of a musician, as well as a producer and studio wizard, the stuff he put out over the years was golden. Nor did he forget his elders or where he came from using people like members of the Headhunters, George Clinton, Rosie Stone, as well as Larry Graham.
My main complaint was he put too much into being the one man band, though he did it better then almost anybody, it still sounded like the one man band (ie Studio mixes, playing all the instruments himself etc.,) especially when he had the Revolution, one of the most talented bands I’ve ever seen I wish he could have used them more.

I do fear that with his passing music will just get blander then it already is.


April 21, 2016 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Jim Marquis said...

I loved the Purple Rain album and a few of the other hits (Little Red Corvette, 1999, Raspberry Beret). I think the thing he will be remembered most for (similar to Bowie) will be the image he projected. Hard to appear unique in this day and age but he pulled it off pretty darn well.

April 22, 2016 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: True, Prince wasn't an innovator (they're pretty few and far between) as much as an eclectic. But that's a huge talent in itself -- taking a bunch of dissimilar styles and combining them into your own unmistakable sound. And he was an excellent instrumentalist/composer/studio wizard, like you said.

About today's music scene and Prince's passing -- I'm afraid that if Prince was just starting out today, he'd get squeezed out by corporate radio and their airtight playlists. Either he'd be "too weird," "no commercial potential," or the consultants and focus groups wouldn't be able to figure out which category/straitjacket to jam him into.

Jim: Purple Rain is his only album I have. Plus, I still have a tape of Erotic City, that I recorded off the radio back in the '80s. I can't think of any Prince songs I didn't like. Party Like It's 1999 was one of those songs I never got tired of, no matter how much it got played to death on the radio.

April 22, 2016 at 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I have nearly every one of his records courtesy of a mother who loved Prince. He took gender bending, much like Bowie did and made it ok to be different. This one hurts because I have been a fan my whole life it seems.

April 22, 2016 at 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Screamin' Mimi said...

Loved this guy. Yes, his ego seemed outsized, like most celebrities', but I never heard a negative thing about him. I think he was a good person. We'll miss his flamboyance and willingness to get way the hell out there, in this era of bland Republicanism. May he rest in peace.

April 22, 2016 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: Prince's death really was shocking. Since the early '80s -- I know he goes back further than that, but that's when I first heard of him -- he's been an integral part of the music scene.

SM: Me too. The countless Prince celebrations and rallies, yesterday and today, have shown what an incredible impact he had.

April 22, 2016 at 4:38 PM  

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