Prince RIP

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Too young. Mourn here.

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:29 (one year ago) Permalink

prince is not allowed to die

flappy bird, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:30 (one year ago) Permalink

sometimes it really fucking snows all year

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:30 (one year ago) Permalink

This is bullshit.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:31 (one year ago) Permalink

RIP. good grief.

droit au butt (Euler), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:32 (one year ago) Permalink

prince is not allowed to die

― flappy bird, Thursday, April 21, 2016 10:30 AM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

sometimes it really fucking snows all year

― The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, April 21, 2016 10:30 AM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This is bullshit.

― a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.)

OTM x3

the 'major tom guy' (sleeve), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:32 (one year ago) Permalink

putting this here cuz this is where I'm gonna start publicly mourning and the rest of you can either commiserate or complain idgaf

thinking about the first time I saw the video for Little Red Corvette, the first time I heard Darling Nikki and my next door neighbor friend's older sister explained what "grinding" was, picking out "Starfish and Coffee" on the piano as a kid and years later playing it at some uber-rich friend's Halloween part on a big white grand piano, my girlfriend/future wife's extensive collage of Prince posters/ephemera in her walk-in closet wall

fuck

so gutted

Οὖτις, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:33 (one year ago) Permalink

2016 can seriously go suck a fuck already.

Fat Idiot (Old Lunch), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:33 (one year ago) Permalink

just heard a minute ago. there are no words. :(

RIP

Karl Malone, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:33 (one year ago) Permalink

for the moment, i have nothing intelligent or eloquent to say, just anger. rip.

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:34 (one year ago) Permalink

I never liked his music, but he was unquestionably a top-notch songwriter, the only standout on [insert random guitar magazine]’s “GREATEST SHREDDING OF ALL TIME” features, and made pop music way more fun than it should’ve been.

I also owe him for influencing so much of the music I love and being an entertaining celebrity when everybody else seemed so droll.

Allen (etaeoe), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:35 (one year ago) Permalink

I was in the Columbia House Record Club (lol) in HS and I remember after I first saw the video for "1999" on MTV, then heard the album after my sister bought it, I quickly ordered For You, Dirty Mind and Controversy. Thank heavens my mother had no idea what was on those records or she would have confiscated them, but I spent night after night after night listening to those records on headphones in my room. Prince made me want to learn the guitar. He opened me up to an entirely new world of music.

T.L.O.P.son (Phil D.), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:36 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh man. This is just awful news.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:36 (one year ago) Permalink

no GODDAMNIT NO!

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:37 (one year ago) Permalink

I never liked his music, but he was unquestionably a top-notch songwriter, the only standout on [insert random guitar magazine]’s “GREATEST SHREDDING OF ALL TIME” features, and made pop music way more fun than it should’ve been.

I also owe him for influencing so much of the music I love and being an entertaining celebrity when everybody else seemed so droll.

― Allen (etaeoe), Thursday, April 21, 2016 1:35 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

cosign. I feel for everyone who was much closer to his music than I.

Evan, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:37 (one year ago) Permalink

I admittedly don't listen to Prince as actively as I have in the past but I don't think a week goes by when SOMETHING Prince-related comes up in conversation or something reminds me of a particular song of his. Like the multiple times it snowed earlier this month. Goddamn, I'm never going to be able to listen to that song again.

Fat Idiot (Old Lunch), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:38 (one year ago) Permalink

Horrible news. Loved those early albums and seeing him live in early 1980s.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:39 (one year ago) Permalink

terrible.

RIP

Lee626, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:39 (one year ago) Permalink

seeing him live in early 1980s.

whoah really? where was this?

Οὖτις, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:41 (one year ago) Permalink

My first sighting was his black-undies SNL performance of "Partyup."

Then two fiery shows at MSG 16 years apart, '88 and '04.

amazin'

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:42 (one year ago) Permalink

It doesn't seem possible that so many musicians that were so huge (in terms of popularity or influence or both) over the course of my life have died young when there's, like, still two living Beatles and shit. What the fuck.

Oh, and I don't listen as actively as I used to but I used to listen more actively and I love Prince at least as much as Bowie, so this is just fucking garbage.

Fat Idiot (Old Lunch), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:42 (one year ago) Permalink

It's a cliche to say, but his was the best live show I've ever seen — 2002 in Montreal. I snuck in (I was a poor cartoonist at the time) and he played 3 hours, had Maceo Parker and Larry Graham on stage with him, just an electrifying performance that left me high for days.

I guess he's truly ageless now.

dinnerboat, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:43 (one year ago) Permalink

x-post -- saw him 1980 and 1984 (I think) at Capital Centre near DC.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:44 (one year ago) Permalink

FUCK

cher guevara (lex pretend), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:44 (one year ago) Permalink

saw him last year at the show in baltimore. very glad i did. he seemed ageless, not that he was even old.

this year is unbelievable.

dc, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Prince is the greatest artist to have made popular music in my lifetime.

I've been a fan for so much of my life that I cannot even really remember when it started, though it was likely around the time I found a cassette of Purple Rain that one of the kids my dad coached left behind in our car one day, and which I started playing the hell out of, mostly out of curiosity at first (I remember not knowing what "masturbating" meant, but figured it couldn't be something I should ask my parents about because it was said in "Darling Nikki," and everything about that song felt like something I shouldn't be listening to).

My mom always maintained that Prince must be gay. I never did, but as my fandom grew even more intense during my early teen years, I like to think that there was something about the palpable queerness of Prince's music that might have eased my coming-out process somewhat.

When David Bowie died, I had a long email convo with a young, queer Bowie-loving friend of mine who had just recently started getting into Prince, in which I explained to him that while I always liked and appreciated Bowie, Prince was *my* Bowie.

If I'm not as gutted as so many other people are right now, as much as I should be, I think that 2016's endless parade of unexpected celebrity deaths (Bowie was a big one, yes, but also Garry Shandling, for me), I'm just kind of numb to it all right now.

rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Fuck 2016

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:46 (one year ago) Permalink

i can't even process this yet.

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Any cause of death confirmed? He was too young and didn't seem sick. OD?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Dinnerboat I guess I know who you are <3

Prince was the only irl superhero to me

He also, especially w the revolution, evoked this feeling in me of a WORLD THAT COULD BE and that basically WAS, all you had to do was invoke it

I never got to see him play

scarcity festival (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Feeling a weird sense of pride at being a Prince fan right now

Master of Treacle, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:48 (one year ago) Permalink

I was lucky to see Prince live several times, in several different settings. I saw him in clubs, arenas, middle of the night surprise shows, sets where he played all the hits, sets where he played none, sets where he cursed, sets where he cleaned up songs, sets where he barely sang and never touched his guitar. I took my wife to see him when she was very pregnant with our first daughter, and she (my in utero daughter) was not digging it. Some of those shows were up there with the best I ever saw, and some down with the worse. And I wish he was still here in all his hit or miss genius glory. Some of my favorite music of all time, all the time.

I barely know what else to say, but I mostly feel like posting Questlovle's story about rollerskating with Prince. He was one of a kind. All of a kind.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/06/18/questlove_on_roller_skating_with_prince_an_excerpt_from_his_new_book_mo.html

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:48 (one year ago) Permalink

he was on my bucket list to see live :(

Better Pau Gasol (Spottie), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:49 (one year ago) Permalink

i bought 1999 the week it came out and he ruled my 80's from that moment on. i can't believe he was 24 when that record came out. how is that possible? he seemed immortal/ageless even then.

scott seward, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Any cause of death confirmed? He was too young and didn't seem sick. OD?

― ✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, April 21, 2016 5:

He was taken off his plane sick just a little bit ago and said he had the flu.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:51 (one year ago) Permalink

evoked this feeling in me of a WORLD THAT COULD BE and that basically WAS, all you had to do was invoke it

a unique factor I always appreciated about this longed-for world that Prince both explicitly and implicitly invoked - a social utopia transcending race, class, gender etc. - was that it was based on sexual pleasure. There were pop stars in the past who preached about leftist politics, about peace and love, about racial equality, whatever, but for Prince the unifying factor that cut across all lines was sex/pleasure. In Prince's world it was something everybody wanted and that everyone could have, and it would make everything all right.

xp

Οὖτις, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:51 (one year ago) Permalink

I saw him in Dec. 1984 on the Purple Rain world tour at Richfield Coliseum outside of Cleveland. It was, up to that point, far and away the best show I had ever seen. As a bonus, my sister and I got to miss school the next day because there was a horrible blizzard during and after the concert. On the next school day, I wore my concert shirt and got called a "faggot" and a "pussy" all day long by the shithead burnouts that comprised my high school, but I didn't care, because fuck you, I saw the greatest musician on earth at the greatest concert ever. And he probably fucked your girlfriends after the show.

T.L.O.P.son (Phil D.), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:52 (one year ago) Permalink

He was my white whale of concerts. Never came to Philly when I was old enough to see him. I curse myself for not going to Baltimore. I've got a broken heart again.

DavidLeeRoth, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:52 (one year ago) Permalink

i really hope he didn't pull some steve jobs christian science type of shit and be like 'i trust in my own body to heal me, namaste' :(

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:53 (one year ago) Permalink

i never saw him either. my wife did. he did like 20 concerts in a row in london and i missed every one.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:53 (one year ago) Permalink

A friend of mine who was actually irl friends with Michael Jackson (!) just said on Facebook that MJ once described Prince to him as "really weird, but the most talented motherf'er you'll ever meet."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:54 (one year ago) Permalink

a unique factor I always appreciated about this longed-for world that Prince both explicitly and implicitly invoked - a social utopia transcending race, class, gender etc. - was that it was based on sexual pleasure. There were pop stars in the past who preached about leftist politics, about peace and love, about racial equality, whatever, but for Prince the unifying factor that cut across all lines was sex/pleasure. In Prince's world it was something everybody wanted and that everyone could have, and it would make everything all right.

xp

people call me rude
I wish we all were nude
I wish there were no black or white
I wish there were no rules

the 'major tom guy' (sleeve), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:54 (one year ago) Permalink

WRECKA STOWE

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:55 (one year ago) Permalink

only major performer (besides, uh, Bowie) I haven't seen live

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:55 (one year ago) Permalink

This isn't possible.

Romeo Daltrey (Tom D.), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:56 (one year ago) Permalink

I saw him a second time on the Musicology tour at the MCI Center in DC. That was the "in-the-round" show with the band including John Blackwell, Candy Dulfer and Maceo Parker and it was fucking amazing.

T.L.O.P.son (Phil D.), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:57 (one year ago) Permalink

a world of neverending happiness, you can always see the sun, day or night. farewell sweet prince!

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:58 (one year ago) Permalink

This world has officially stopped making any sense at all. RIP

the beast with 19,157 eyes (WilliamC), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Christ

Daithi Bowsie (darraghmac), Thursday, 21 April 2016 18:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Here's hoping that the material from the Vault's start seeing the light of day, but as with all prime era Prince I expect we'll be teased with a release for years.

DavidLeeRoth, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:54 (one week ago) Permalink

That Purple Rain deluxe set is probably never coming out either, I guess, huh.

insidious assymetrical weapons (Eric H.), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:58 (one week ago) Permalink

at least i'll have a better birthday this year unless someone equally beloved dies

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:03 (one week ago) Permalink

It's supposedly got a June release date, but no info has leaked re: content, and there are no pre-order links anywhere.

xp

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:12 (one week ago) Permalink

i believe in pr deluxe edition, don't burst my bubble

iris marduk (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:24 (one week ago) Permalink

Two months away and no preorder? Nope, not happening.

insidious assymetrical weapons (Eric H.), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:25 (one week ago) Permalink

silence damn u

iris marduk (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:25 (one week ago) Permalink

re marketwatch article -- yikes that is a big clause to overlook, UMG!!!

iris marduk (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:27 (one week ago) Permalink

Was hoping more details about the Purple Rain reissue would be announced Friday until I saw that Marketwatch article.

Chris L, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Warner, which released Prince’s first 18 albums containing most of the hits, signed another record deal with Prince in 2014 that secured its ownership of all of those albums in perpetuity overseas, while giving it the right to block future releases from Prince’s storied vault—the centerpiece of Universal’s deal—if the tunes were recorded while he was under contract with Warner.

surprised Prince went for this deal after all the acrimony for all those years

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:35 (one week ago) Permalink

surprised Prince went for this deal after all the acrimony for all those years

Yeah, but maybe there were new people who made it worth his while to come back. Hell, even John Fogerty re-signed with Fantasy in 2005 (after everyone who was responsible for his shitty deal were no longer with the label or dead).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:57 (one week ago) Permalink

thought the revive was about the aspiriin bottle hullaballoo or the revolution tour.
i still miss him.

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 18:34 (one week ago) Permalink

There's gonna be an RSD vinyl remaster of What Time Is It?.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 18:50 (one week ago) Permalink

God I wish I could afford to go to one of those Revolution shows

iris marduk (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 19:28 (one week ago) Permalink

it's fucked up and wrong that prince is still dead

flappy bird, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 19:48 (one week ago) Permalink

ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah-ah-ah
17 DAYS

iris marduk (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 20:33 (one week ago) Permalink

(possibly not real?)

tylerw, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:38 (one week ago) Permalink

there is a negligibly legal new release this week

http://www.spin.com/2017/04/prince-deliverance-ep-new-music/

akm, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:40 (one week ago) Permalink

Variety is running with the track listing story as well, saying that this Violet Reality person tracked down the ISRC codes (the 12 digit codes used to ID songs for iTunes, YouTube, and everywhere else).

Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Violent J (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 23:38 (one week ago) Permalink

This comes out and I'm totally buying it, but several of the songs on the original album were longer in the movie - I think "The Beautiful Ones," "Baby I'm A Star," maybe one other. Why on earth wouldn't they include the unedited movie versions in the reissue? And why not also throw in the Time songs that were in the movie and (on Ice Cream Castles) but not on the soundtrack?

Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Thursday, 20 April 2017 01:35 (one week ago) Permalink

If this is true, I'm bummed the longer "Beautiful Ones" isn't on the tracklist.

insidious assymetrical weapons (Eric H.), Thursday, 20 April 2017 13:45 (one week ago) Permalink

It'd be kind of neat if they had included some of Michel Colombier's original score, but that's more of a 'we got five discs to fill up' kind of item.

I really wish we could have the weird sex music he has playing on his stereo when apollonia comes over to his pad.

iris marduk (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 20 April 2017 14:21 (one week ago) Permalink

Isn't that "God"?

insidious assymetrical weapons (Eric H.), Thursday, 20 April 2017 14:24 (one week ago) Permalink

no, the SFXy moaning stuff when he puts on a cassette.

http://prince.org/msg/7/355260

iris marduk (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:26 (one week ago) Permalink

RIP

Len's flares (stevie), Friday, 21 April 2017 09:11 (six days ago) Permalink

Still miss u dammit.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 21 April 2017 11:20 (six days ago) Permalink

A wound that ain't healin

iris marduk (Jon not Jon), Friday, 21 April 2017 11:39 (six days ago) Permalink

sometimes it snows in April

Len's flares (stevie), Friday, 21 April 2017 11:45 (six days ago) Permalink

http://www.thecurrent.org/playlist

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Friday, 21 April 2017 15:43 (six days ago) Permalink

^all prince all weekend

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Friday, 21 April 2017 15:44 (six days ago) Permalink

Stereogum ranked his albums. Lots of highly questionable choices (Batman > 1999??!), but at least it's interesting.

http://www.stereogum.com/1936246/prince-albums-ranked/franchises/counting-down/

J. Sam, Friday, 21 April 2017 15:53 (six days ago) Permalink

so far for me this morning

around the world in a day
first avenue benefit show 8-3-83 (just finishing)

next up, i think the 'perfect unreleased prince' comp

wearing my dorky tshirt

entry of wendy & lisa backing vox on chorus of paisley park made me cry again as it has reliably done since 1 yr ago

children on seesaws

iris marduk (Jon not Jon), Friday, 21 April 2017 15:54 (six days ago) Permalink

wow parade below graffiti bridge? brb i'm gonna yell at brad on facebook

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 21 April 2017 16:09 (six days ago) Permalink

i can't trifle with some listicle rn tbh

gimmesomehawnz (Jon not Jon), Friday, 21 April 2017 16:11 (six days ago) Permalink

The article has an annoying habit of not even mentioning my favorite songs on most of those albums.

insidious assymetrical weapons (Eric H.), Friday, 21 April 2017 16:14 (six days ago) Permalink

it's so mind boggling that the 83 benefit show was wendy's FIRST TIME ONSTAGE with prince. Total fucking warrior.

gimmesomehawnz (Jon not Jon), Friday, 21 April 2017 16:16 (six days ago) Permalink

Watching the video of that show with him singing the version of "Purple Rain" that ended up on the album was mind-blowing.

flappy bird, Friday, 21 April 2017 16:28 (six days ago) Permalink

Eh I'm so bored of and with Canon that I appreciate the contrarian takes.

Brad's at this conference now, Brad. BRB gonna yell at him

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 21 April 2017 16:28 (six days ago) Permalink

no i really find the order fascinating if completely inexplicable

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 21 April 2017 16:31 (six days ago) Permalink

apparently the revolution have never played at paisley park before now?

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Friday, 21 April 2017 16:31 (six days ago) Permalink

brad vs brad in the world series of love

gimmesomehawnz (Jon not Jon), Friday, 21 April 2017 16:32 (six days ago) Permalink

i changed my mind about next up, btw

whole prince folder on shuffle

gimmesomehawnz (Jon not Jon), Friday, 21 April 2017 16:32 (six days ago) Permalink

Haven't given this much thought, but is "Purple Rain" the most famous and successful song of the rock era originally recorded and released as a take from a live show?

Chris L, Friday, 21 April 2017 16:53 (six days ago) Permalink

Candle in the Wind was a live recording, wasn't it?

Οὖτις, Friday, 21 April 2017 16:54 (six days ago) Permalink

was thinking of 97 version but I guess not, n/m

Οὖτις, Friday, 21 April 2017 16:55 (six days ago) Permalink

1987.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 21 April 2017 17:03 (six days ago) Permalink

Haven't given this much thought, but is "Purple Rain" the most famous and successful song of the rock era originally recorded and released as a take from a live show?

Um, a certain Chuck Berry number one hit comes to mind, don't know how famous it is nowadays though.

Stupefyin' Pwns (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 21 April 2017 18:04 (six days ago) Permalink

Thankfully, there were no crowds singing along to "My Ding-a-Ling" in the streets of St. Louis last month.

Chris L, Friday, 21 April 2017 18:08 (six days ago) Permalink

oh to live
in martika's kitchen
with the barkers and the colored balloons
you can't be twenty
in martika's kitchen
get some, get some, get some

gimmesomehawnz (Jon not Jon), Friday, 21 April 2017 18:42 (six days ago) Permalink


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