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 (four years ago) link

prince is not allowed to die

flappy bird, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:30 (four years ago) link

sometimes it really fucking snows all year

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:30 (four years ago) link

This is bullshit.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:31 (four years ago) link

RIP. good grief.

droit au butt (Euler), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:32 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

2016 can seriously go suck a fuck already.

Fat Idiot (Old Lunch), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:33 (four years ago) link

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

RIP

Karl Malone, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:33 (four years ago) link

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

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:34 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

Oh man. This is just awful news.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:36 (four years ago) link

no GODDAMNIT NO!

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:37 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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

curmudgeon, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:39 (four years ago) link

terrible.

RIP

Lee626, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:39 (four years ago) link

seeing him live in early 1980s.

whoah really? where was this?

Οὖτις, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:41 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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

curmudgeon, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:44 (four years ago) link

FUCK

cher guevara (lex pretend), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:44 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

Fuck 2016

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:46 (four years ago) link

i can't even process this yet.

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:46 (four years ago) link

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

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:47 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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

Master of Treacle, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:48 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

he was on my bucket list to see live :(

Better Pau Gasol (Spottie), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:49 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

WRECKA STOWE

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:55 (four years ago) link

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

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:55 (four years ago) link

This isn't possible.

Romeo Daltrey (Tom D.), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:56 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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

the beast with 19,157 eyes (WilliamC), Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:59 (four years ago) link

Christ

Daithi Bowsie (darraghmac), Thursday, 21 April 2016 18:00 (four years ago) link

Also, I fuckin' adore the song "Gold" although I know it's kind of meh for a lot of people

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 14 June 2019 09:42 (one year ago) link

“Gold” is great

brigadier pudding (DJP), Friday, 14 June 2019 10:42 (one year ago) link

This is from 2014 and is unqualified great, though admittedly still not peak Prince

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jve1qf_gANQ

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 14 June 2019 10:53 (one year ago) link

Yep.

I've never had problem loving '90s Prince. Tuomas OTM about Emancipation. And I love the good songs on Love Symbol enough to overrate the album.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 June 2019 10:54 (one year ago) link

Even though The Gold Experience isn't on the level of his classic 80s run, I sometimes think of it as my favourite

The Breakdown I felt would have been a number one had he released it circa 1994

PaulTMA, Friday, 14 June 2019 11:02 (one year ago) link

I've found it hard to get into Emancipation. So he finally releases a 3-hour, triple (CD) album... and it's (from memory) dominated by seemingly endless mid-paced R&B. Was really hoping for some Sandanista levels of variety. Admittedly have only managed to get through it a few times.

PaulTMA, Friday, 14 June 2019 11:06 (one year ago) link

I wouldn't listen to any three-disc album in sequence. And I love mid-paced R&B!

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 June 2019 11:13 (one year ago) link

And Sandinista has an awful lot of mid-paced rock iirc

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 June 2019 11:13 (one year ago) link

He released a lot of great songs after 1990 or whenever, but I don't really like most of those albums, which are either too long, too ridiculous or just sound bad (or maybe too perfect?) to my ears, even the good stuff. And yeah, you can always pick and choose your favorite stuff, and reshuffle it, or compile your own albums or whatever, and the results would be good, because Prince is a genius. But I find the discography as released largely a mess and/or a morass, and even his best stuff perhaps unfairly boosted by pro forma "return to form/best album since ..." hype. Again: genius. And I'm glad he did what he wanted to do, and that many (including many of you) get so much out of it. But I think part of his genius is that he's the rare musician who recorded both some of the best music ever made and some of the worst.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 14 June 2019 11:34 (one year ago) link

Even though The Gold Experience isn't on the level of his classic 80s run, I sometimes think of it as my favourite

I have planned to really get into Come and Gold Experience for a while but never really took the time... Gotta do that now !
Similarly, I KNOW Batman is nowhere near his best 80 albums yet it might be my favourite now.
It's the one I go to when I feel like listening to Prince nowadays anyway.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 14 June 2019 11:38 (one year ago) link

PARTYMAN

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 14 June 2019 14:47 (one year ago) link

It's such a cool/groovy album (with killer slow jamz too) !
I listened to "Gold" and it is nice and catchy. Makes me think of a final song for the happy end of a drama movie in the 90s.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 14 June 2019 15:35 (one year ago) link

yes it is v coming-of-age movie closing credits

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 14 June 2019 15:37 (one year ago) link

Gold was a UK top 10 hit but it's rarely heard anywhere these days. After Prince's death I loved playing the full album version while DJing - always sounded glorious at a loud volume

PaulTMA, Friday, 14 June 2019 16:52 (one year ago) link

i love playing it in class!

maura, Friday, 14 June 2019 17:35 (one year ago) link

"Gold" is awesome, as is most of The Gold Experience.

Tuomas, Friday, 14 June 2019 17:56 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4YVbDCSGAg

This is a deep cut from that album that I really love... Possibly the most explicitly political song he'd ever done up to that point?

Tuomas, Friday, 14 June 2019 17:59 (one year ago) link

Ronnie Talk to Russia is p explicit

Οὖτις, Friday, 14 June 2019 18:00 (one year ago) link

um
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRApCABjMdo

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 14 June 2019 18:00 (one year ago) link

lol xp

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 14 June 2019 18:00 (one year ago) link

Yeah, I guess. It's so corny and out of place on that album I think my mind subconsciously makes me forget it exists.

Tuomas, Friday, 14 June 2019 18:02 (one year ago) link

why is it out of place? If you're a minority, you're already under siege. Besides, it's short and fun.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 June 2019 18:11 (one year ago) link

Wait why is « most beautiful girl » not available on the Spotify version of the album (and how come it’s not on any best of) ?
Anyway I enjoy Gold Experience a lot so far (Come, less so).

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 14 June 2019 18:14 (one year ago) link

And « Gold » might be my favourite song right now !

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 14 June 2019 18:15 (one year ago) link

I didn't know about this, but from the wiki on most beautiful girl, might have something to do w it

There has been a long running copyright dispute since 1995 and a court in Italy ruled that Prince had plagiarized the song, giving writing credit to those other than Prince. [2]

Oh ok thanks. Frustrating.
« Billy jack bitch » is one funky cut !

AlXTC from Paris, Saturday, 15 June 2019 13:00 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

Wish he was still here to write a song about this hot NBA chick ref

June Pointer’s Valentine’s Day Secret Admirer Note Author (calstars), Saturday, 9 November 2019 02:41 (nine months ago) link

five months pass...

On Tuesday April 21 at 9 PM ET, “Let’s Go Crazy: The GRAMMY Salute To Prince” will broadcast on the CBS Television Network and stream on CBS All Access. The broadcast will include performances of Prince’s hits by collaborators Sheila E., The Revolution, and Morris Day and The Time, plus Beck, Gary Clark Jr., Common, Earth, Wind & Fire, Foo Fighters, H.E.R., Juanes, John Legend, Chris Martin, Miguel, St. Vincent, Mavis Staples and more.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 19 April 2020 16:24 (three months ago) link

i'm gonna guess 20% good, 30% meh and like 50% terrible but probably worth taping/youtube

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 19 April 2020 16:25 (three months ago) link

his name is chris martin and he is funky

He is married to Brogmus, Linda. (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 19 April 2020 16:29 (three months ago) link

Earth? Is Dylan Carlson going to perform a 25 minute drone version of Raspberry Beret

Master of Treacle, Sunday, 19 April 2020 16:32 (three months ago) link

Ah EWF

Master of Treacle, Sunday, 19 April 2020 16:34 (three months ago) link

Well at least Maroon 5 aren't on the bill.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Sunday, 19 April 2020 17:04 (three months ago) link

lol

Three Hundred Pounds of Almond Joy (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 19 April 2020 17:25 (three months ago) link

No Meshell??

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 19 April 2020 18:38 (three months ago) link

she'll prob be on bass

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 19 April 2020 21:38 (three months ago) link

ah! it already happened on 28 january!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 19 April 2020 22:07 (three months ago) link

these questlove sets are a lot of fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Twbw6evLLtw

fatuous salad (symsymsym), Sunday, 19 April 2020 23:41 (three months ago) link

Questlove playing live stuff, segment of an interview with Electrifying Mojo show in Detroit, jam session with Prince on piano, his photographer Allen B on bass, Vanity on keys, tour manager on drums...

Questlove talks over some of it, and periodically scratches or stops the music, but still fun. I only caught a little of it

curmudgeon, Monday, 20 April 2020 04:44 (three months ago) link

Questlove had me staying up too late again last night. Jazzy Prince, guitar solos, and then slow jams. Great live version of Temptations “Just My Imagination “ and several “Why don’t u call me anymore “

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 April 2020 12:27 (three months ago) link

Also enjoying these great megamixes by Quest. He was hinting that they might be ending due to YT copyright flags? He also said that if more people subscribe that YT is more likely to leave the sets up anyway? He's done 3-4 hours every night for 3 weeks I think!

Psychocandles (Pyschocandles), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 13:50 (three months ago) link

He’s been programming on multiple platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Twitch , & YouTube for weeks now. I think just been playing lots of Prince the last few nights. Was reading elsewhere that there are suddenly lots of legal issues with these streams. Maybe YouTube pays royalties on streams from large subscribers channels?

FYI. Prince died 4 years ago April 21.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 April 2020 14:57 (three months ago) link

Looks like Questlove has done at least 5 Prince sessions, maybe more.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 April 2020 14:59 (three months ago) link

that concept will never be acceptable

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 14:59 (three months ago) link

(xp)

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 14:59 (three months ago) link

four years, fuck

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 19:02 (three months ago) link

thread title still like a crowbar through the heart

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 19:05 (three months ago) link

;_;

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 19:22 (three months ago) link

:(

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 00:57 (three months ago) link

Liked seeing Sheila E, the Time, and Miguel on that Grammys tribute to Prince that aired last night. I wish Coldplay’s Chris Martin woulda just played the piano and not tried to sing over Susanna Hoffs on Manic Monday

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 15:25 (three months ago) link


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