Wednesday, April 18, 2012

P is for Prince




If you were me, which band would you choose?

Prince, The Police, Pink Floyd, Pet Shop Boys, Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, Pixies, Psychedelic Furs, Public Image Limited

This was HARD!

In the end, I had to pick Prince.


1) I saw him in concert at Nassau Coliseum in March, 1985. He was excellent. Great performer without lots of props.

2) I listened to the “Purple Rain” soundtrack constantly.

3) “Purple” also begins with P.

4) My friends and I used to share a notebook where we made stories up about the people in Prince and the Revolution and Duran Duran. (Yes, we were that lame. But I’d like to think that’s where I first learned the art of storytelling…)

5) I’m using Sting for “S”, so I’ll cover The Police there.


You’ve got to respect a man who wears makeup and heels + dates taller and attractive women.


Let's go crazy/Prince & The Revolution by gaimon5656


Purple Rain had a big impact on me both as an album and a movie. I still love the music. The movie wasn’t as great. But as a teen, Prince’s need to escape while his parents fought resonated with me.


“Why do we scream at each other?

This is what it sounds like

When doves cry.”

- “When Doves Cry” Prince


His later records never reached the same popularity. And then he had problems with his record label, so he turned himself into “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince” in 1993.


Here’s more information about him on Wikipedia


How many of you listened to “1999” on New Year’s Eve?


45 comments:

  1. I've never listened to a full album, but I do like his singles. I admit to singing along with them when they come on the radio, too.

    I've been partying like it's 1999 for many years now!

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  2. I so remember Prince. That's a hard one though because I like Paul Simon and Pink Floyd too.

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  3. LOVE Prince. I used to make up dance routines to his songs when I was a kid. My favourites for dancing were New Position, and Girls & Boys :o)

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  4. i remember being a moody teenager lying on my bed listening to when doves cry on my walkman !! great memories ! thanks for jogging them. New follower here from a-z , hope you check my blog out too.

    http://bitsandbobszone.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. Prince brings back memories..

    Hope you’re enjoying the challenge so far!
    --Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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  6. I did! Not sure I should be admitting that. :)

    Price rocks. Great choice!

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  7. You actually expect me to choose???

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  8. Gotta go with Prince! Though all those other bands are awesome too. Ack! I'd have had a hard time choosing too.

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  9. Okay, that's it. You and I are hanging out.

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  10. Love his music. I think you made the right choice!

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  11. I had the biggest crush on Prince. I remember the album, the movie, and the Jr. High debate between those loyal to MJ and those loyal to Prince. I still like his music and listen to it often. Raspberry Beret is my favorite song. :)

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  12. Ha, I never dug Prince, but gosh all the girls did. Meaning us guys had to be nice.

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  13. 'You’ve got to respect a man who wears makeup and heels + dates taller and attractive women.'

    He's an excellent musician and a master showman. We'll leave it at that.

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  14. Prince was great back in the day. I have the Psychedelic Furs on my blog today.

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    1. I should've featured Psychedelic Furs being that they did the theme song for Pretty in Pink!

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  15. who doesn't love Prince!!!

    Thanks for the love over at Unedited!

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  16. This one was tough, but I think you made the right choice. Prince was definitely one of the artists who completely defined the 80s. I loved Purple Rain and still love so many of his songs. I also love the Psychedelic Furs, Paul Simon, The Police, and Peter Gabriel.

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  17. I do like Prince, but I have a few kepy memories tied into Police songs, so if I have to pick, it is The Police for me.

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    1. Shelly, keep coming back. The Police will appear on a later post. Couldn't leave them out!

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  18. He THE MAN!! I love this man!!! Love him!! What a musical revolutionary and the first man I've ever seen in heels! Oh yes! Yay! Take care
    x

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  19. I love Prince, but outside of music, I think he's weird.

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  20. Oh, I love Prince's music!!!!! Bring on the Purple rain! :-)

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  21. Oooooh! I love me some Prince. I was in high school when he was at the height of his popularity. Still can't figure him out, but he rocks! Loved Raspberry Beret too. I agree his movie wasn't so great.

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  22. Me, Pixies and Psychedelic Furs - though what was his drummer's name? Lisa somebody? She was the bomb.

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  23. I have sooo listened to 1999 on New Year's Eve, hehe. I also like the Pet Shop Boys and I'm glad you listed them. Their Discography collection is one of my faves.

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  24. I have to go The Police. Sting makes me go weak at the knees.

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  25. Ah, the Pixies...

    In 7th grade in my home ec class, a group of us used to spend our time debating who's fave singer was the best. We had the Prince fan, the Michael Jackson fan, a Menudo fan, and I supported Duran Duran.

    Good times.

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  26. I have yet to see Prince live. It's actually on my bucket list!

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  27. He's not my type of music, but he was huge in the 80's.
    I'd say Pantera for P, but that might scare some people.

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  28. Such great lyrics in Prince songs. He also was a big fan of Ireland's Phil Lynott (you could've had him too for 'P') from the band Thin Lizzy. I love your A to Z, Gosh I'm getting old, its bringing me back to the large hair and eyeliner:)

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  29. I think Prince is one of the most talented musicians ever. Love him! I saw him in concert once, but he only sang a medley of his old songs. It's too bad his new music hasn't caught on like his eighties music. I wonder why!

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  30. I'm not all that familiar with Prince. I would have picked The Police or The Pixies, only because those are the artists I know from that list. :)

    I saw a few concerts at Nassau Coliseum years ago, when I lived in that area.

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  31. I never liked Prince. Loved Duran Duran, though. :D

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  32. Egad woman! Pink Floyd is the best!!!! I love to listen to them. Police is good too. Prince is really talented, but kind of weird. Purple Rain was a great song. :-)

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  33. There is no one like Prince but there are many good "P" choices

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  34. Oh and he's heading to Australia soon! Can you imagine the scramble for tix?

    Denise

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  35. Wow, I reckon it would've been awesome to see him in concert. He had a certain charisma. I don't know so much about now, though.

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  36. I'm not familiar with most of his music, but I do remember that Kiss song, which I liked. I will also say that I can't think of any other artists who are like him.

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  37. I love Prince. His 80's music brings back so many memories. I also liked him in Purple Rain.

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  38. Oh that was a hard choice. Really hard!

    I loved Little Red Corvette. Great song.

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  39. I love the video for Doves Cry, its a great song. I would've picked Prince too, he had some great songs... Sometimes It Snows in April and Little Red Corvette are my favorites. I love the sound of your notebook...have you still got it?:)

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    1. Words A Day, I don't have the notebook, but I wish I did. Someone could probably use it against me. And I've lost the opportunity to better make fun of myself.

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