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Old 04-24-2016, 06:56 PM   #136
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Watched Purple Rain today and reinforced that I Would Die 4 U is the best song ever written.
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Old 04-24-2016, 11:49 PM   #137
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Is it just me, or is the media - at least here in the States - making a bigger deal of Prince's tragic passing than it did of Bowie's tragic passing? I mean it's obviously not a contest, I'm just curious. The media covered Bowie a lot on the day of, and then moved on pretty much, and we're entering day three and Prince is still everywhere. SNL is apparently doing a whole tribute episode tonight, where Bowie got one(very brief) segment.

It truly doesn't matter, but I'm just curious why the difference. The cynical part of me is thinking - again, at least in the States - that it's because Prince was American and Bowie wasn't. But that could be off base.

Anyway, I should listen to more of his work. I would've by now, but he never allowed any of it to be on YT.
I was surprised as well. But I discussed this with friends last night and the consensus is that Bowie is considerably more of a "niche" artist, despite a handful of singles that many people recognize. Look at his album sales compared to Prince's. Purple Rain (the album and film) was a juggernaut. He put out singles that got considerable airplay from the early 80s all the way to the mid 90s. His battle with Warner Bros. got him publicity but had he "played ball" and not gone into relatively word territory with the whole "slave" hing and the name change, that run could have gone on considerably longer. He had a pretty big comeback in the mid 2000s with Musicology and 3121 (his first album to debut at #1) plus that huge Super Bowl performance, and became a bit of an elder statesman while still blowing people away with his live act, which continued to be successful in terms of ticket sales.

On Bowie's side, he wasn't out and about as much media-wise. He fell off big time in the late 80s and despite the resurgence with the Nine Inch Nails tour and Reznor collaboration, didn't do too much chart-wise. Can you picture Bowie doing the Super Bowl? He's really not mainstream enough.

Also, Bowie's fan base is predominantly white, a lot of music nerds. Everyone I know seemed to take his death hard but that's my extended social circle. Prince has a huge cross-cultural following and has an enormous number of black fans. He's beloved by the music and entertainment industries.
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Old 04-25-2016, 12:18 AM   #138
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Watched the SNL Prince tribute show last night. The performances were great, but the skits sucked.
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I just watched the Charlie Murphy Chapelle clip again. God, that's funny. And so cool that Prince loved it.

Is there any love out there for Lady Cab Driver? Would probably make my Prince Rushmore.
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Not necessarily a Top 10, but here are the songs I look forward to hearing the most when I play their respective albums (I'll stick to ten).

D.M.S.R. (1999)
Take Me With U (Purple Rain)
Paisley Park (Around The World In A Day)
Mountains (Parade)
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Sign 'O' The Times)
The Cross (Sign 'O' The Times)
Money Don't Matter 2 Night (Diamonds And Pearls)
My Name Is Prince (Love Symbol)
She's Always In My Hair (B-Sides)
Endorphinmachine (Gold Experience)
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I was surprised as well. But I discussed this with friends last night and the consensus is that Bowie is considerably more of a "niche" artist, despite a handful of singles that many people recognize. Look at his album sales compared to Prince's. Purple Rain (the album and film) was a juggernaut. He put out singles that got considerable airplay from the early 80s all the way to the mid 90s. His battle with Warner Bros. got him publicity but had he "played ball" and not gone into relatively word territory with the whole "slave" hing and the name change, that run could have gone on considerably longer. He had a pretty big comeback in the mid 2000s with Musicology and 3121 (his first album to debut at #1) plus that huge Super Bowl performance, and became a bit of an elder statesman while still blowing people away with his live act, which continued to be successful in terms of ticket sales.

On Bowie's side, he wasn't out and about as much media-wise. He fell off big time in the late 80s and despite the resurgence with the Nine Inch Nails tour and Reznor collaboration, didn't do too much chart-wise. Can you picture Bowie doing the Super Bowl? He's really not mainstream enough.

Also, Bowie's fan base is predominantly white, a lot of music nerds. Everyone I know seemed to take his death hard but that's my extended social circle. Prince has a huge cross-cultural following and has an enormous number of black fans. He's beloved by the music and entertainment industries.
The last part is a huge factor. Prince had legions of fans in all demographics (much like Wacko Jacko), his music reached a significantly wider audience than Bowie's did.
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And another one.

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Also, you know, Prince was 12 years younger than Bowie.
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Springsteen is offering an mp3 of his cover of Purple Rain for free on his website.
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Pretty much impossible for me to do a top 10. Half of it would be slow songs alone lol. But let me think on it.

Couldn't help but reminesce with Prince snippets on Friday night.

iirc they went something like this:

Angel of Harlem (w/Raspberry Beret)
Desire (w/I Would Die 4 U)
Mysterious Ways (w/Alphabet St)
All I Want Is You (w/Adore)
Bad (w/The Beautiful Ones)
Streets (w/Purple Rain)

We ended with a guitar + vocals of Purple Rain with everyone singing along.

In the intermission I (sorta) DJ'd a little set of:

I Feel For You
I Wanna Be Your Lover
Little Red Corvette
Kiss
Darling Nikki
U Got the Look
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
Alphabet St
Sign of The Times
I Would Die For U
When Doves Cry

I know I know, very mainstream, but it was a very mainstream crowd.

Our intro music to start our show was Let's Go Crazy, and we opened with I Will Follow. Pretty cool.

All in all it was just a Prince love-in, in a U2 context.


Laz, that show is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.
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David Gilmour mashes up “Comfortably Numb” and “Purple Rain” in tribute to Prince — watch | Consequence of Sound

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the other day i caught the very beginning of what i knew had to be a prince song (only caught the beginning of the song before the vocals started) and it was bugging me that i couldn't figure out what song it was. i immediately knew it had to be from the 1999/purple rain era based on its sound, and i finally figured out...17 days. great song.
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1- Raspberry Beret
2- The Beautiful Ones
3- U Got the Look
4- Sign o' the Times
5- Seven
6- My Name is Prince
7- Purple Rain
8- Batdance
9- Little Red Corvette
10- Money Don't Matter 2 Night
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Our intro music to start our show was Let's Go Crazy, and we opened with I Will Follow. Pretty cool.
Now I'm reminded that his 2007 single "Guitar" had a similar riff to I Will Follow's.
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:56 PM   #150
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You guys, tell me again how I download the Purple Rain clip from Bruce. I'm on an old Mac and all I get is the song playing. I don't right-click shit, so how to I actually download the damn thing?

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