Followup Albums to Grammys 1985

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Josh in Chicago, Friday, 24 February 2012 16:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

But True Colors is just bad, not a perverse change in direction.

haha but it is! A Kelly-Steinberg ballad? A Marvin Gaye cover (not an obscurity btw)? The adult contemporary tameness of the whole thing?

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 24 February 2012 16:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Man, tracklist of "Private Dancer" is as nuts as "She's So Unusual."

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 24 February 2012 16:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

so obv "around the world in a day"

der Truthahn des Giftes (Eisbaer), Friday, 24 February 2012 17:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

If we're talking about what is almost implicit - biggest drop in quality after a culture-conquering 1985 Grammy nod record - then perhaps that underscores why the Prince is such a disappointment. I mean, I'm not sure what could have followed "Purple Rain," but this is the only record of the above bunch that willfully, erratically flouts expectations.

― Josh in Chicago, Friday, February 24, 2012 11:32 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i kinda feel like EVERY prince record, at least when he mattered, is erratic and flouts expectations, even the good ones. when i finally heard Around The World after seeing it kicked around for years i was like damn, this may not be top tier but it's totally of a piece with his output of that era.

DNRIYHM NATION 1814 (some dude), Friday, 24 February 2012 18:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

If you can access this link, Billboard ran a front page story a week after ATWIAD's release about the frustration from programmers who didn't get a single and record store owners who weren't selling as many copies because Prince refused to release a single.

He relented the following week, hence "Raspberry Beret."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 24 February 2012 18:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

in the Twin Cities they just played the song "Paisley Park" on repeat until "Raspberry Beret" came out

robbery by sudden snatching (DJP), Friday, 24 February 2012 18:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's so surreal to think about a major artist dropping an album without an advance single, which i guess was a little more common back then, living in the era of yearlong singles campaigns before the release date

DNRIYHM NATION 1814 (some dude), Friday, 24 February 2012 18:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh hai, remember me? I'm The King of Limbs.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 24 February 2012 18:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

i mean like an artist whose singles people actually care about and play on the radio

DNRIYHM NATION 1814 (some dude), Friday, 24 February 2012 18:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just realized now this is for albums, not songs--my post way above referred only to songs.

clemenza, Friday, 24 February 2012 18:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Was "Raspberry Beret" a video before it was a single?

Let A Man Come In And Do The Cop Porn (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 24 February 2012 18:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

xps dance around it all you want, but Radiohead is still a major artist despite having no radio presence. I think something like that happens about as often now as it did in the 80s (which is, to say, rarely).

Johnny Fever, Friday, 24 February 2012 18:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

i know it's always been somewhat rare. i just mean that pre-SoundScan first week sales weren't everything so not having a blitz of advance singles wasn't necessarily a Radiohead-style act of defiance. even something as deliberately engineered to be a blockbuster as Born In The U.S.A. just had its first single released exactly a month before the album.

DNRIYHM NATION 1814 (some dude), Friday, 24 February 2012 18:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

05. James Brown - “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine” 517 votes

was this the first time the word "sex" was used in a hit song title?

Artful Dodderer (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 24 February 2012 18:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

man if this single had appeared on Dancing on the Ceiling...

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 24 February 2012 18:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha oops

Artful Dodderer (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 24 February 2012 18:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Cyndi would have fun with that track

DNRIYHM NATION 1814 (some dude), Friday, 24 February 2012 18:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

not to mention Tina.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 24 February 2012 18:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't hear songs like "Rosalita" and "Hungry Heart" as being beige. They're kind of shiny.

timellison, Friday, 24 February 2012 21:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

We would not have "Tambourine" had it not been for “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine”

robbery by sudden snatching (DJP), Friday, 24 February 2012 21:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Around The World in a Day by a wide margin

cool teach-in bro (buzza), Saturday, 25 February 2012 06:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't know anyone born in California who gives a shit about Bruce.

Hello there

all the other twinks with their fucked up dicks (billy), Saturday, 25 February 2012 07:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 1 March 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

poor Lionel

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 March 2012 00:27 (2 years ago) Permalink


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