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Prince Rogers Nelson, 1958-2016

Filed under: General — JVW @ 10:55 am

[guest post by JVW]

So that we don’t thread-hijack any other posts, here is where we can lament the death earlier today of the great musician/songwriter/producer/actor Prince, and discuss his legacy.

I guess I should have known
By the way you parked your car sideways
That it wouldn’t last


54 Responses to “Prince Rogers Nelson, 1958-2016”

  1. He had the sort of talent that modern pop starts can only dream about.

    Does that sound really old and crochety?

    JVW (9e3c77)

  2. he was the best one

    happyfeet (831175)

  3. So did he die of a heroin overdose?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  4. Saw him in his early years at the old greyhound bus station in Mpls. He was a live act, worth seeing. Sad Sure is one helluva band in music heaven.

    mg (31009b)

  5. I read last week he was in a hospital in Illinois with the flu.
    Who knows?

    mg (31009b)

  6. May he rest in peace. “Little Red Corvette” was the only song I heard from him that didn’t always make me turn off the radio. “When Doves Cry” always did. Not my type.

    nk (dbc370)

  7. To be completely honest, I didn’t start liking him until I found that his music helped get sorority girls in the mood. Once that became obvious I suddenly learned to appreciate him. And frankly, I am much more open to his music now then I was in my younger days when I thought of myself as a rock ‘n roller and felt Prince was too pop-oriented. I’ve been playing him the last couple of hours and these days I appreciate his talent way more than I did 30 years ago.

    And it’s funny, but all the women my age are flooding their Facebook walls with lamentations and remembrances. Once a sorority girl always a sorority girl, I guess.

    JVW (9e3c77)

  8. There’s some fatal bacterium making its way around WI and IL. I wonder if Prince is a high profile fatality from this.

    urbanleftbehind (13d124)

  9. JVW (9e3c77) — 4/21/2016 @ 11:27 am

    Yep. My girlfriend at the time was a Prince fan, so, so was I.

    felipe (b5e0f4)

  10. … he never left his hometown of Minneapolis. Means something in my book. RIP.

    Rodney King's Spirit (db6706)

  11. What RKS said. God Bless you Prince.

    Steven Malynn (4bc33a)

  12. This is the way to remember Prince: and keep in mind he thought this was funny.

    Simon Jester (2708f4)

  13. Prince might have been considered a hard to work with artist by some – but damn! The dude good put on a show, a real bit of pro entertainment…

    Going to miss that guy…

    juandos (0d8de6)

  14. I remember back when “Purple Rain” came out on videotape, watching it several times with my teenage kid sister who had come to live with me after my father died. Not so much for the movie, but for some reason it was a bonding experience for us, and for that I treasure it.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  15. I always considered him the male Madonna,that is, the one to put overt sexuality in pop music. Sure, sensuality has always been part of pop music, and lots of people had done the double entendre bit, but those went just short of waving genitals in your face.

    Unlike M, he was a pretty good musician, and one hell of a producer.


    bud (791f49)

  16. I new nothing of Prince except he seemed to be a little strange and androgynous,
    but I thought his Super Bowl half time show was quite astounding and thought he was very talented.
    Of course, I am not a great judge of such things.

    MD back in Philly!!! (f9371b)

  17. Knew

    MD back in Philly!!! (f9371b)

  18. Prince was apparently anti-homosexual marriage. Trump would have hated him.

    CrustyB (69f730)

  19. Prince was Derek Jeter before Derek Jeter.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  20. Prince was apparently anti-homosexual marriage. Trump would have hated him.

    Hadn’t heard that before so I am reading up on it. Pretty interesting. The short version is that the New Yorker quoted him as being against gay marriage in a 2008 interview they did with him. Prince’s people claimed that he had been misquoted, but the magazine stood behind their reporting. Later, in 2013 when Minnesota legalized gay marriage, Prince remained silent on the issue even when asked for his opinions.

    But according to the first article I linked (the one from the WaPo), Prince never voted in an election, feeling that it was not something that a Jehovah’s Witness ought to do. He was certainly an interesting guy.

    JVW (9e3c77)

  21. love drudge so much

    he made whole whirl purple

    happyfeet (831175)

  22. Gay marriage, meh…how did he feel about “Minne-dishu”?

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  23. Greetings: (especially urbanleftbehind (5eecdb) — 4/21/2016 @ 1:25 pm)

    Me, I’m guessing that he wasn’t very much down with that whole burga, hijab, niqab business, if you get my drift.

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  24. He did wisely live in an exurb.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  25. I’m going crazy. The doves are crying. But hopefully Prince is driving a little red Corvette up there in heaven.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  26. He was teh black Todd Rundgren…

    Colonel Haiku (017cc0)

  27. “Everyone is trying to get to the bar.
    The name of the bar, the bar is called Heaven.
    The band in Heaven plays my favorite song.
    They play it once again, they play it all night long.”

    Colonel Haiku (017cc0)

  28. Chyna from the WWE died too.

    Dejectedhead (787359)

  29. I think I’ll leave this here.
    John Hitchcock (25526a) — 4/21/2016 @ 2:39 pm

    Heh. And even though he respected than ban and never did a parody of any one song, here’s the man doing a funny parody of Prince’s style. Nailed it:

    Wanna B Ur Lovr

    no one of consequence (325a59)

  30. Another great one gone to his reward. rip!

    Patricia (f5abc1)

  31. Saw him last summer in a tiny venue. One of the most compelling concerts I have ever attended.

    JD (fbcc5a)

  32. that’s so special i can’t even imagine being close to him in a room he’s too much like jesus

    happyfeet (831175)

  33. i’m ordering jasmine essential oil

    happyfeet (831175)

  34. A very under rated guitar player. Near the end of a few songs he goes Jimi style and rips it.

    mg (31009b)

  35. More sad news in the music industry: Kanye West was found alive in his home today.

    SPQR (a3a747)

  36. i hope he’s alive who tf is pablo anyway

    pls to not die before saying who is the pablo and why should i give a teensy pikachu crap

    happyfeet (831175)

  37. That IS depressing, SPQR!

    Colonel Haiku (017cc0)

  38. google is purple too

    happyfeet (831175)

  39. Roger Nelson. That’s his name. Remember all the media handwringing over what ET would call the artist formerly known as Prince? Same people who insist that all medias refer to Bruce Jenner as a sheila were telling us this guy woke up in mood so we don’t call him Prince anymore.

    Now the guy is dead for half a minute and we are informed for the first time his name is Roger Nelson.

    The power of media conformity, collusion, and image marketing, on display for the world to see.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  40. The power of media conformity, collusion, and image marketing, on display for the world to see.

    Why bring Tranny Trump into this?

    nk (dbc370)

  41. papertiger,

    Prince is actually his first name.
    His full birth name is Prince Rogers Nelson, and he just goes by his first name. It obviously sounds like it was a stage name he chose for himself, but Prince is actually his birth name, just as Madonna is actually the real birth name of Madonna Louise Ciccone.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  42. his name is Prince and he is funky his name is Prince the one and only

    happyfeet (831175)

  43. also known as; Jamie Starr, Christopher Alexander Nevermind, The Purple One, Joey Coco, Tater Salad, Prince logo.svg, O(+>, The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, TAFKAP.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  44. 10,000 or so Elvis impersonators have proved conclusively that you can take anybody off the street and make him into a star with the right public image and marketing.

    Although I was not a fan, I understand that Prince’s image was secondary to his talent as a composer and performer.

    nk (dbc370)

  45. This made me smile. Prince and the Muppets.

    Simon Jester (d92ca7)

  46. he died too soon for me to get nostalgic for his music.

    you can take anybody off the street and make him into a star with the right public image and marketing Exactly. I agree 100%.

    Then the corollary to that, why do we have a glut of British acts playing the Super Bowl halftime?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  47. Thanks, Simon. Good stuff.

    mg (31009b)

  48. Prince had no good influence. Period. His music was disquieting. His person was disquieting. I

    Denise (d76d0f)

  49. halps we need a need binky

    happyfeet (831175)

  50. RIP guitarist Lonnie Mack:

    To ring a bell, remember guitar version of Chuck Berry’s “Memphis”

    Colonel Haiku (017cc0)

  51. Paper,

    Our American genres have too much “big sorting” underlying them – country, R&B, hip-hop, grunge, hard rock, Latin all have such large core consituencies that one groups’s fave will be a lightening rod for 2 or 3 others. For a time, the Brits were good at just playing to a larger general audience. They also incorporated a lot of bones to throw to their ex-colonials – notice how every British solo pop act in the 80s had black female backing vocals? Might this change – depends on if the Desi/MENA slice of the British musicsphere becomes as large of a scene as the various Spanish sub-genres here.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  52. The crowds here in the Twin Cities are second only to the Twins winning the World Series. Many buildings, bridges, … windows are purple (the cynic wonders if they’d been preparing for a Vikings Superbowl win?)

    Virtuoso performer on almost thirty instruments, composer, lyricist, producer, sound engineer, … mentor, philanthropist, credit giver … too, too soon. Rumor has it that there are, in the Paisley Park vaults, more than two completely finished recordings for every one he released. All new.

    A cousin lives a half-mile from Paisley Park; streets are jammed a mile away, still.

    htom (f53fd9)

  53. He died unfortunately young, but, let’s face it, he hadn’t been significant in music since he ran out of his Father’s stuff to work with 30 years ago.

    Purple Rain was when he peaked, and there was very little of significance after that.

    IGotBupkis, "Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses." (225d0d)

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