Since we're gonna poll all classic Prince albums, let's do the Love Symbol album next.

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I think this is one of the top 5 Prince albums ever, alongside 1999, Sign o' the Times, Lovesexy, and Emancipation, so let's have a go at it. I left the two segues out, because I don't think anyone wants to vote for phone conversations between Prince and Kirstie Alley.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
7 10
Sexy M.F. 9
The Morning Papers 4
Damn U 2
3 Chains o' Gold 2
Blue Light 2
The Max 1
Sweet Baby 1
Love 2 the 9's 1
And God Created Woman 0
My Name Is Prince 0
The Flow 0
Arrogance 0
The Continental 0
Eye Wanna Melt with U 0
The Sacrifice of Victor0


Tuomas, Saturday, 16 February 2008 14:09 (thirteen years ago) link

I have a hunch "Sexy M.F." will win this by landslide, which would be a bit unfair, 'cause there's so many good tunes here. The only one I don't much care for is "3 Chains o' Gold", and even that has a certain pompose charm.

Tuomas, Saturday, 16 February 2008 14:11 (thirteen years ago) link

Though I'm quite tempted to vote for "Sexy M.F." myself... But maybe I'll settle for "The Max" - it doesn't have much pop appeal, but the housey groove is ridiculously strong.

Tuomas, Saturday, 16 February 2008 14:13 (thirteen years ago) link

I have a soft spot for "7" despite its ridiculousness.

stephen, Saturday, 16 February 2008 15:58 (thirteen years ago) link

3 Chains o' Gold

abanana, Saturday, 16 February 2008 16:01 (thirteen years ago) link

one of his worst albums.

titchyschneiderMk2, Saturday, 16 February 2008 16:02 (thirteen years ago) link

Really? I mean, I can see why people who like pre-Lovesexy Prince might not like the smoother, fuller band sound of the NPG, but I think this album has some wonderful songs by any measurement.

Tuomas, Saturday, 16 February 2008 16:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Certainly his best nineties album after The Gold Experience. I voted for "The Morning Papers" just over "Blue Light."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 16 February 2008 16:18 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm torn between 7 and My Name Is Prince.

Jordan, Saturday, 16 February 2008 16:24 (thirteen years ago) link

Awful album, particularly "Sexy Motherfucker" which is one of his worst ever songs.

I like "Blue Light" though.

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 16 February 2008 17:50 (thirteen years ago) link

7

remy bean, Saturday, 16 February 2008 17:51 (thirteen years ago) link

49, even

remy bean, Saturday, 16 February 2008 17:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Great record. voted Blue Light

outdoor_miner, Saturday, 16 February 2008 17:55 (thirteen years ago) link

The 45 rpm 12" of "Sexy M.F." played at 33 rpm is the BEST.

Eazy, Saturday, 16 February 2008 18:04 (thirteen years ago) link

Speaking of "7", does anyone know what the seven things Prince wants to fall are? The lyrics sound awfully Biblical, but my knowledge of the Bible is limited. I guess it could be the seven deadly sins, but that doesn't seem to fit the lyrics.

Tuomas, Monday, 18 February 2008 07:38 (thirteen years ago) link

"Blue Light" is kinda weird tune, mainly because the backing track is reggae, even though the vocals are typical Prince.

Tuomas, Monday, 18 February 2008 15:44 (thirteen years ago) link

Blue Light is great.

(it would be pretty weird if Prince had never done a token reggae tune!)

Jordan, Monday, 18 February 2008 15:44 (thirteen years ago) link

I guess so, and it is a nice tune, I just find it hard to connect the two elements in my mind.

Tuomas, Monday, 18 February 2008 15:47 (thirteen years ago) link

This album RULES! A LOT! And yet... I wouldn't put it in my top 5 by the man. In any case, I'm going for "3 Chains."

Davey D, Monday, 18 February 2008 16:28 (thirteen years ago) link

there nice moments here, morning papers is a good song but a lot of the songs and potentially good melodies are ruined by awful generic production or tony m or some other stupid way of shoehorning the npg into the songs more.

titchyschneiderMk2, Monday, 18 February 2008 17:24 (thirteen years ago) link

"Sexy MF" is one of those totally perfect Prince songs that only Prince could pull off. If you've ever heard a house band try to cover it, you see immediately -- it's bleeding ridiculous. "Shakin' that ass, shakin' that ass!"

Same way that only Prince could give this look:

http://i26.tinypic.com/fvdb9w.gif

kenan, Monday, 18 February 2008 17:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Haha, where's that from?

Tuomas, Tuesday, 19 February 2008 12:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Bump.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 20 February 2008 05:09 (thirteen years ago) link

...they stand in the way of LOVE, and we will smoke them all; with an intellect and a savoir-faire...

nicky lo-fi, Wednesday, 20 February 2008 10:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Thursday, 21 February 2008 00:01 (thirteen years ago) link

""Sexy MF" is one of those totally perfect Prince songs that only Prince could pull off. If you've ever heard a house band try to cover it, you see immediately -- it's bleeding ridiculous. "Shakin' that ass, shakin' that ass!""

Actually, every year on Prince's birthday, Midwest Product and Dykehouse come together to perform as Paisley Product, and they're a) able to pull off all sorts of songs that I thought only Prince could get away with, and b) much better than their regular music.

I eat cannibals, Thursday, 21 February 2008 01:17 (thirteen years ago) link

Last chance to vote.

Tuomas, Thursday, 21 February 2008 17:13 (thirteen years ago) link

I just listened to this again, I'd forgot how nice "Sweet Baby" is. The multiple backing voices by Prince plus the synth sound have an almost aetheric quality.

Tuomas, Thursday, 21 February 2008 21:12 (thirteen years ago) link

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

ILX System, Friday, 22 February 2008 00:01 (thirteen years ago) link

What I expected, but "Sexy MF" -- ugh.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 22 February 2008 00:05 (thirteen years ago) link

Aw, no votes for My Name Is Prince.

Have we done Dirty Mind yet?

Jordan, Friday, 22 February 2008 02:11 (thirteen years ago) link

I guess we could do it next...

Yeah, I thought My Name Is Prince would get at least some votes. Nice to see "7" win and not "Sexy MF" like I thought, though both are obviously great songs.

Tuomas, Friday, 22 February 2008 09:20 (thirteen years ago) link

nine years pass...

DANCE GIRL, LEMME SEE THAT BOOTY BOOM!

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Saturday, 8 July 2017 10:01 (four years ago) link

i'll be 117
you'll still be saying baby not tonight

"i wanna melt with u" has always been my fave on this. there wasn't an "eye" instead of the "i" in the version i have. what a fake world. that song is pure sex.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 10 July 2017 12:14 (four years ago) link

there isnt one perfect song on here but its all quite listenable and enjoyable. not as good as D&P overall.

StillAdvance, Monday, 10 July 2017 14:08 (four years ago) link

five months pass...

Sexy MF is awful.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 13 December 2017 03:16 (three years ago) link

I don't hate it, but it's awfully pedestrian. His worst major single, for sure.

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 13 December 2017 04:20 (three years ago) link

Nah, it's a great track, though 'Love 2 the 9's' is even better!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Wednesday, 13 December 2017 06:56 (three years ago) link

Alfie otm.

That song is actually the punchline of an anecdote I know about a friend’s encounter with His Royal Badness that I am afraid will lose something in the translation to text without the comedy Swiss accent

Bingo Little’s Breakout (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 14 December 2017 01:41 (three years ago) link

If I had to trim this album down to 45 minutes or whatever, you can guarantee that some of those minutes would be taken up by 'Sexy MF'

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Thursday, 14 December 2017 07:06 (three years ago) link

dismal turnout for 3 Chains O' Gold in this poll. :(

PaulTMA, Thursday, 14 December 2017 12:29 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

DANCE GIRL, LEMME SEE THAT BOOTY BOOM!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 19 January 2019 19:28 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Id delete sexy mf and my name is prince and 7 too (so leaden, and I still have no idea what its about) if I had to make this 45 mins. All you need is the max, love 2 the 9s, morning papers, sweet baby, blue light, sacrifice, continental, damn u, arrogance, God created woman, 3 chains. Love this album but his song writing was less important than showing off the band.

candyman, Monday, 18 January 2021 21:03 (six months ago) link

six months pass...

The solo in "The Morning Papers" is the only thing wrong with it.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 21 July 2021 01:56 (one week ago) link

I have a hunch "Sexy M.F." will win this by landslide

Instead, "7" won on Joe Biden terms.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 21 July 2021 01:58 (one week ago) link

Love 2 the 9's!!!!!

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Wednesday, 21 July 2021 04:21 (one week ago) link


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