#746: 1982, Prince, 1999

by Ray_North on August 27, 2013


At George’s not stag do, I was very gently reminded by one of the revellers that we had yet to feature a song by Prince. Prince he told me, was the most difficult of all artists to pigeon hole, he was funk, he was rock, he was pop he was soul, he said, and his influence on modern pop music cannot be understated.

I nodded and mumbled and may have used the words ‘undeniable genius,’ but, despite this, I wasn’t in any great rush to remedy our oversight because I’m not sure I ever really got Prince. He was too weird, too contrived, all hairdo and not enough substance.

My earliest memory was 1984 and Purple Rain. It was on at the Palladium in Llandudno (now devastatingly turned into a Wetherspoons pub, but that’s a different story). Friday nights was £1 to get in, and so loads of us would make the pilgrimage to see whatever film was on – I remember seeing such 80′s classics as Footloose, Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, I also remember some cracking snogs – but that too is a different story. Anyway I digress – Purple Rain was a favourite of certain types of girls in my class, the girls who were a little bit more interesting than the Duran Duran and Wham types. I digress again, and so, together with a gang of these girls, I went to see Purple Rain, they all loved it, I thought it was bollocks and that Prince was particularly bollocks. But, if his acting left me cold, I did quite like his songs and particularly his rude songs – and boy, could Prince write naughty lyrics, which when you’re 15 and going through a process of discovery, resonates.

This is probably Prince’s most famous song and includes the great line- ‘I’ve got a lion in my pocket and baby I’m ready to roar. I still love that line. So, here it is, and yes, it’s about time – Prince.

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George_East August 27, 2013 at 10:38 pm

One of THE great pop and rock talents of the last 30 years. Suffers from huge editorial problems though – needed someone to say don’t release that it’s shite once in a while. Purple Rain and Sign O’ The Times both brilliant albums. The former a shocking film, as you say.

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Multiplex August 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm

While the latter is one of the great ‘concert movies’. Better late than never Ray.

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