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Thread started 08/02/12 8:34am

OldFriends4Sale

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Prince @ the 1985 American Music Awards 1.28.1985

Prince & the Revolution @ the American Music Awards in 1985

12th American Music Awards -

held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, January 28, 1985

Prince & the Revolution + Big Chick

Sheila E & band sitting in front of them (performs the Glamorous Life)

Apollonia 6 in attendance

* Purple Rain Favorite Black Album

* When Doves Cry Favorite Black single
* Purple Rain Favourite Pop Album

I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you laughing in the purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you bathing in the purple rain

I never wanted to be your weekend lover
I only wanted to be some kind of friend, hey
Baby, I could never steal you from another
It's such a shame our friendship had to end

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you underneath the purple rain

Honey, I know, I know, I know times are changin'
It's time we all reach out for something new, that means you too
You say you want a leader, but you can't seem to make up your mind
And I think you better close it and let me guide you to the purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
If you know what I'm singin' about up here, come on raise your hand
Purple rain, purple rain
I only want to see you, only want to see you in the purple rain



Prince & The Revolution perform Purple Rain at the 1985 American Music Awards

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

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Reply #1 posted 08/02/12 8:36am

OldFriends4Sale

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#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
Reply #2 posted 08/02/12 8:40am

PATSHEART

Bringing back memories with this post...

I now present unto you an original person, one that is able to rationalize and make decisions that utilize intellectual significance. Yes, this person is on the endangered species list. - Patsheart April 2, 2009
Reply #3 posted 08/02/12 9:00am

OldFriends4Sale

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#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
Reply #4 posted 08/02/12 9:14am

OldFriends4Sale

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PATSHEART said:

Bringing back memories with this post...

those were Music Award shows

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
Reply #5 posted 08/02/12 1:11pm

nursev

Just beautiful wink -poor mic stand lol

Reply #6 posted 08/02/12 2:28pm

one800newfunk

I love watching Cyndi Lauper lose it when he kicks the mic sitting in the front row. I think this is also the year she sang When You Were Mine..one of the best covers IMO.

PUSH YOUR WAY UP 2 THE FRONT, AND SHAKE YOUR MOTHER FUCKIN DOO LOOSE!!
Reply #7 posted 08/02/12 3:59pm

Harlepolis

one800newfunk said:

I love watching Cyndi Lauper lose it when he kicks the mic sitting in the front row. I think this is also the year she sang When You Were Mine..one of the best covers IMO.

Was that during the performance? The audience don't seem visible.

Its an electrifying performance though, I feel bad for whoever came after him.

Reply #8 posted 08/02/12 6:17pm

EyeJester7

One of my favorite performances of Purple Rain!

He was feeling that!

The guitar couldn't sound more heavenly!!! headbang

It's Button Therapy, Baby!
Reply #9 posted 08/02/12 7:07pm

OldFriends4Sale

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Harlepolis said:

one800newfunk said:

I love watching Cyndi Lauper lose it when he kicks the mic sitting in the front row. I think this is also the year she sang When You Were Mine..one of the best covers IMO.

Was that during the performance? The audience don't seem visible.

Its an electrifying performance though, I feel bad for whoever came after him.

I loved the award shows then the audience full of stars acted like regular fans

I remember Lionel Ritchie who lost 2 Prince as an announcer loosing his mind while announcing

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
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Reply #10 posted 08/03/12 5:34am

OldFriends4Sale

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nom: Can't Slow Down -Lionel Ritchie

Purple Rain -Prince & the Revolution

Thriller -Michael Jackson

Well What Is It? -Madonna

This Is Going to Come As a Surprise But It's .... Purple Rain by Prince & the Revolution!!! Huey Lewis

Madonna & Huey Lewis presents an award to Prince & The Revolution at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles

On behalf of Prince & the Revolution

We would like 2 thank U 4 believing & sharing with us

What we've been able 2 create 4 everybody on vynal

We would also like 2 tell U we believe in the spirit

and we thank U 4 believing 2

Thanks 4 this award -Wendy

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
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Reply #11 posted 08/03/12 6:11am

thedance

^ eek

the look was so excellent back then...

Prince sure got the look.... cool

Prince 4Ever. heart
Reply #12 posted 08/03/12 6:14am

Dogsinthetrees

Despite what anybody says, that was the time right there. I was just a youngin' but I was SO into the whole thing, the look, the music, the FEELING.

I'm just saying...
Reply #13 posted 08/03/12 7:08am

G3000

Favorite Black Album? eek I'm sure he was pissed about that. He didn't want to classified as a Black artist. Remember he fought WB on this early on.

As a nation, I love how politically correct we have become. lol
Reply #14 posted 08/03/12 7:17am

RobotDevil

Fantastic thread! Thanks for the great pics and gifs.

If there's one thing in my life I'm grateful for, it's having been able to experience firsthand the whole Prince and the Revolution phenomenon of the 80s. There is NO WAY to adequately describe or explain what being around during that time truly, completely felt like. It was magic.

Thanks again for this thread. Brings back some amazing memories.

Reply #15 posted 08/03/12 10:09am

2020

One of his best live TV performances of ALL time....

The greatest live performer of our times was is and always will be Prince.

Remember there is only one destination and that place is U
All of it. Everything. Is U.
Reply #16 posted 08/03/12 10:13am

alphachannel

2020 said:

One of his best live TV performances of ALL time....

I agree 100% and PR is by far not one of my favorites biggrin

Reply #17 posted 08/03/12 10:57am

OldFriends4Sale

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Someone asked for a Prince photo. This one was taken in 1985 as he arrived at the American Music Awards with his amusing looking entourage.  Photo by Brad Elterman

Prince arriving @ the AMA with Big Chick, John Nelson(father)

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
Reply #18 posted 08/03/12 11:24am

Jamzone333

OldFriends4Sale said:

PATSHEART said:

Bringing back memories with this post...

those were Music Award shows

I remember watching the show and recording it on a VHS tape like it was yesterday...lol

"A united state of mind will never be divided
The real definition of unity is 1
People can slam their door, disagree and fight it
But how U gonna love the Father but not love the Son?
United States of Division"
gigglebowfroguitar
Reply #19 posted 08/03/12 11:43am

nyse

Great job on the thead. it sure is appreciated.

I always thought this was one of his best perfomances. Sets dude apart from everyone.

Reply #20 posted 08/03/12 12:08pm

OldFriends4Sale

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Favorite Black Single

nom: Caribbean Queen -Billy Ocean

What's Love Got To Do With It -Tina Turner

When Doves Cry -Prince

"Thank U Very Much" - Prince

Lionel Ritchie: Outrageous Outrageous!! Prince you stay in your seat, you stay in your seat

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
Reply #21 posted 08/03/12 12:25pm

OldFriends4Sale

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G3000 said:

Favorite Black Album? eek I'm sure he was pissed about that. He didn't want to classified as a Black artist. Remember he fought WB on this early on. As a nation, I love how politically correct we have become. lol

lol I know, labels hadn't caught up to the crossover happening yet

But he took Pop album too

funny is the music and albums he went up against Tina Turner especially was anything but "Black" in the sense of what you would think the music would be, her album was rock n rock and they played MJacksons Beat It to accompany his nom which is rock in roll

They just go by genre know correct?

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
Reply #22 posted 08/03/12 2:58pm

one800newfunk

yeah, if you watch a better quality one she is in the front and starts jumping and waving her hands all over the place...

Harlepolis said:

one800newfunk said:

I love watching Cyndi Lauper lose it when he kicks the mic sitting in the front row. I think this is also the year she sang When You Were Mine..one of the best covers IMO.

Was that during the performance? The audience don't seem visible.

Its an electrifying performance though, I feel bad for whoever came after him.

PUSH YOUR WAY UP 2 THE FRONT, AND SHAKE YOUR MOTHER FUCKIN DOO LOOSE!!
Reply #23 posted 08/07/12 5:41am

OldFriends4Sale

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1.28.1985 Prince & Jill Jones downtown L.A. on the way 2 Carlos & Charles rest.

I was sittin' pretty with a beautiful friend ("Oh darling")
When this man tries 2 get in the car
("Hey Prince, come on, give us a smile, eh?")
No introduction, "How've U been?"
Just - "Up yours! Smile, that's right, U're a star!" (Star)



#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
Reply #24 posted 08/07/12 11:38am

nursev

thedance said:

^ eek

the look was so excellent back then...

Prince sure got the look.... cool

nod it was lovely wink

Reply #25 posted 08/07/12 11:39am

nursev

OldFriends4Sale said:

Someone asked for a Prince photo. This one was taken in 1985 as he arrived at the American Music Awards with his amusing looking entourage.  Photo by Brad Elterman

Prince arriving @ the AMA with Big Chick, John Nelson(father)

Sweet!!! Papa Nelson was a pimp too lol

[Edited 8/7/12 11:42am]

Reply #26 posted 08/07/12 11:41am

nursev

OldFriends4Sale said:

Favorite Black Single

nom: Caribbean Queen -Billy Ocean

What's Love Got To Do With It -Tina Turner

When Doves Cry -Prince

"Thank U Very Much" - Prince

Lionel Ritchie: Outrageous Outrageous!! Prince you stay in your seat, you stay in your seat

How Prince just gone hand the award to Big Chick like "here u go" lol

Reply #27 posted 08/07/12 11:41am

OldFriends4Sale

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nursev said:

thedance said:

^ eek

the look was so excellent back then...

Prince sure got the look.... cool

nod it was lovely wink

My 1st era fav look next to Parade then SOTT

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
Reply #28 posted 08/07/12 11:43am

nursev

OldFriends4Sale said:

nursev said:

nod it was lovely wink

My 1st era fav look next to Parade then SOTT

I agree-lovely Prince looks razz

Reply #29 posted 08/07/12 11:50am

OldFriends4Sale

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nursev said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

Favorite Black Single

nom: Caribbean Queen -Billy Ocean

What's Love Got To Do With It -Tina Turner

When Doves Cry -Prince

"Thank U Very Much" - Prince

Lionel Ritchie: Outrageous Outrageous!! Prince you stay in your seat, you stay in your seat

How Prince just gone hand the award to Big Chick like "here u go" lol

LOL Prince was scared, usually you go backstage after you get your award, he ran back to his seat lol That's why Wendy had to hold his the next 2 times up

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
Reply #30 posted 08/07/12 11:53am

nursev

OldFriends4Sale said:

nursev said:

How Prince just gone hand the award to Big Chick like "here u go" lol

LOL Prince was scared, usually you go backstage after you get your award, he ran back to his seat lol That's why Wendy had to hold his the next 2 times up

Yeah he was lol I remember watching this lol he always seemed so shy, afraid and just looking like he didn't wanna be there lol when we know he loved it lol

Reply #31 posted 08/07/12 12:07pm

OldFriends4Sale

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nursev said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

LOL Prince was scared, usually you go backstage after you get your award, he ran back to his seat lol That's why Wendy had to hold his the next 2 times up

Yeah he was lol I remember watching this lol he always seemed so shy, afraid and just looking like he didn't wanna be there lol when we know he loved it lol

That was the Purple Reign, it scared even him, PRINCE WAS HUGE, that night was magic, 3 awards Sheila E performing, the whole purple camp except for the Time, P&the Revolution, Sheial E and band, Jill Jones, Apollonia 6, the Purple Rain performance that killed it, they proved they deserved that one

This was also the night that created Hello

That was like his 1st HUGE award show, outside of Uptown right?

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
Reply #32 posted 08/08/12 6:16am

OldFriends4Sale

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Sheila E performed the Glamorous Life that night too, the song at the time was hot on the radio

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
Reply #33 posted 08/08/12 8:00am

mkaye8

a crowning moment in Prince's career

Reply #34 posted 08/08/12 11:47am

artist76

This performance completely blew me away! It was awesome!

I missed the whole '80s excitement, was too young, but in the video of this, I could see how young he was (he looks like a baby!), how big this performance was for him, and how full of emotion he was.

Was it his first public performance of "Purple Rain"? (except for the live recording at 1st Ave)

This thread also gives a better feel & context for the whole phenomenon that was this performance.

Thanks, OF4S!

Reply #35 posted 08/08/12 12:04pm

Lust4Camille

i just saw a piece of this award show and right after Prince got the Favorite Black Single, Lionel Ritchie's facial expression was so PRICELESS. Now that's what i call a KODAK MOMENT. lol

Reply #36 posted 08/08/12 12:09pm

OldFriends4Sale

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Lust4Camille said:

i just saw a piece of this award show and right after Prince got the Favorite Black Single, Lionel Ritchie's facial expression was so PRICELESS. Now that's what i call a KODAK MOMENT. lol

I know this is not the exact face but this is right after that Prince moment

lol Lionel was a crazy fan like the ones up in the balcony

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
Reply #37 posted 08/08/12 12:25pm

Lust4Camille

OldFriends4Sale said:

Lust4Camille said:

i just saw a piece of this award show and right after Prince got the Favorite Black Single, Lionel Ritchie's facial expression was so PRICELESS. Now that's what i call a KODAK MOMENT. lol

I know this is not the exact face but this is right after that Prince moment

lol Lionel was a crazy fan like the ones up in the balcony

If i could compare Lionel Ritchie's reaction to any artist of my time, i would say he had a Kanye West moment. lol

Reply #38 posted 08/08/12 1:04pm

petes2

OldFriends4Sale said:

Someone asked for a Prince photo. This one was taken in 1985 as he arrived at the American Music Awards with his amusing looking entourage.  Photo by Brad Elterman

Prince arriving @ the AMA with Big Chick, John Nelson(father)

someone shoulda told prince a 60 something year old man won't look right in the shit he wears.

Reply #39 posted 08/08/12 1:14pm

OldFriends4Sale

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petes2 said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

Someone asked for a Prince photo. This one was taken in 1985 as he arrived at the American Music Awards with his amusing looking entourage.  Photo by Brad Elterman

Prince arriving @ the AMA with Big Chick, John Nelson(father)

someone shoulda told prince a 60 something year old man won't look right in the shit he wears.

Father Nelson look good in that. Plus that was a different time, everyone was dressed in costume, people dressed like Prince everywhere

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
Reply #40 posted 08/08/12 5:06pm

OnlyNDaUsa

OldFriends4Sale said:

lol Favorite Black Album! eek

"Democratic Socialism" just 2 words
But if Sanders gets elected be the only words heard...
...
Be happy Ur Not in the RED (Yet)
Reply #41 posted 08/08/12 6:16pm

Nothinbutjoy

Thanks for this thread. Happy Prince memories. Does my heart good.
I'm firmly planted in denial
Reply #42 posted 08/08/12 6:47pm

petes2

funny but watching a clip of it on yt, I stumbled on an 86 presentation which I never saw, p in his cherry moon stage looking sharp gave an award coincidentally to hughie lewis who gave him one a year earlier. he seemed to be trying to give a different outgoing vibe off.

Reply #43 posted 08/08/12 7:11pm

BarbieJones

Hello!
Reply #44 posted 08/08/12 8:01pm

OldFriends4Sale

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OnlyNDaUsa said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

lol Favorite Black Album! eek

LOL see that look on Prince's face? He wasn't too happy about that one

It's interesting though how it could be catagorized that way... and then also win Fav Pop album

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
Reply #45 posted 08/08/12 10:48pm

ladylumps

Didn't Vanity present an award to him that night also ?

Reply #46 posted 08/08/12 11:05pm

kewlschool

ladylumps said:

Didn't Vanity present an award to him that night also ?

Yes.

99.9% of everything I say is strictly for my own entertainment
Reply #47 posted 08/09/12 4:58am

PacManPlus

Yep, she did. If you search a video with the phrase "PRINCE The American Music Awards 1985 Sheila E." and find a video that's 13:07 in length, you'll find the Sheila E. performance, and toward the end, Vanity presenting the award to Prince. smile

Reply #48 posted 08/09/12 5:43am

OldFriends4Sale

moderator

BarbieJones said:

that's a nice picture

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
Reply #49 posted 08/09/12 12:33pm

OldFriends4Sale

moderator

That was a hot night,

I notice while watching the clip, Sheila E and band were sitting right in front of Prince & the Revolution

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
Reply #50 posted 08/09/12 1:23pm

OnlyNDaUsa

How Prince just gone hand the award to Big Chick like "here u go" lol

Sorry I deleted who said what?!

But is it Just My Imagination: or was Prince the only one "allowed" to walk back to his seat as opposed to being directed back stage? I seem to recall that he was. This clip sure seems to indicate Prince is going back to his seat?

anyone else recall that?

"Democratic Socialism" just 2 words
But if Sanders gets elected be the only words heard...
...
Be happy Ur Not in the RED (Yet)
Reply #51 posted 08/09/12 1:28pm

OldFriends4Sale

moderator

OnlyNDaUsa said:

How Prince just gone hand the award to Big Chick like "here u go" lol

Sorry I deleted who said what?!

But is it Just My Imagination: or was Prince the only one "allowed" to walk back to his seat as opposed to being directed back stage? I seem to recall that he was. This clip sure seems to indicate Prince is going back to his seat?

anyone else recall that?

lol he did it so quick they couldn't stop him

Prince was SCARED, yes he 'ran' to his seat

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
Reply #52 posted 08/09/12 2:14pm

Elle85n09

That night was magic and his performance hooked me for life. mushy

Reply #53 posted 08/09/12 2:19pm

OnlyNDaUsa

Elle85n09 said:

That night was magic and his performance hooked me for life. mushy

I remember watching it and my dad was there and the song started and I was so scared he would notice how attentive I was to the performance. He did ask if I listened to him, I said, "everyone does..." he said something like: was this the same guy that I had the album of years ago? I said "oh i am not sure...I think so" and he said something about it being unhealthily and that he was 'the prince of darkness' i messed up and corrected "no that's Ozzy, prince is his royal badness...."

anyway he never said much about it after that. I was 16 so what could he really say?

"Democratic Socialism" just 2 words
But if Sanders gets elected be the only words heard...
...
Be happy Ur Not in the RED (Yet)
Reply #54 posted 08/09/12 5:40pm

Elle85n09

OnlyNDaUsa said:

Elle85n09 said:

That night was magic and his performance hooked me for life. mushy

I remember watching it and my dad was there and the song started and I was so scared he would notice how attentive I was to the performance. He did ask if I listened to him, I said, "everyone does..." he said something like: was this the same guy that I had the album of years ago? I said "oh i am not sure...I think so" and he said something about it being unhealthily and that he was 'the prince of darkness' i messed up and corrected "no that's Ozzy, prince is his royal badness...."

anyway he never said much about it after that. I was 16 so what could he really say?

I know what you mean. When my Mom eventually got around to watching Purple Rain (post Lovesexy), she didn't want me to talk about Prince because she thought he was advocating the physical abuse of women. shrug I still don't understand how my beloved, and theretofore, rational thinking mother could come to such a conclusion because someone plays a part in a movie. Thank goodness she has mellowed through the years and was happy when I got to see him live last year. touched

Reply #55 posted 08/09/12 5:50pm

OnlyNDaUsa

Elle85n09 said:

OnlyNDaUsa said:

I remember watching it and my dad was there and the song started and I was so scared he would notice how attentive I was to the performance. He did ask if I listened to him, I said, "everyone does..." he said something like: was this the same guy that I had the album of years ago? I said "oh i am not sure...I think so" and he said something about it being unhealthily and that he was 'the prince of darkness' i messed up and corrected "no that's Ozzy, prince is his royal badness...."

anyway he never said much about it after that. I was 16 so what could he really say?

I know what you mean. When my Mom eventually got around to watching Purple Rain (post Lovesexy), she didn't want me to talk about Prince because she thought he was advocating the physical abuse of women. shrug I still don't understand how my beloved, and theretofore, rational thinking mother could come to such a conclusion because someone plays a part in a movie. Thank goodness she has mellowed through the years and was happy when I got to see him live last year. touched

i was almost 19... about to go into the Army and my mom freaked out. She got some tapes from those guys... some brothers. they had a horribly inaccurate tape set "why knock rock"

and then my older brother's WIFE came over and my brother, my SIL, my other brothr and I were going to camp out in the living room (mom had a tiny apartment). and she had a fit... and i told her "it is okay mom Prince told me to cut off my penis...." she did not take it well.

"Democratic Socialism" just 2 words
But if Sanders gets elected be the only words heard...
...
Be happy Ur Not in the RED (Yet)
Reply #56 posted 08/09/12 5:58pm

petes2

those were the days when an artist could still shock, probably the last days that that could happen. the shock tactics these day are just rehashes of all the Madonnas,elvis', princes etc.., it looks foolish to try and do anything these days. hate to sound old but it's all been done, only the media makes fools out of themselves attempting to hype up a new scandalous act from someone.

Reply #57 posted 08/09/12 6:30pm

Elle85n09

OnlyNDaUsa said:

Elle85n09 said:

I know what you mean. When my Mom eventually got around to watching Purple Rain (post Lovesexy), she didn't want me to talk about Prince because she thought he was advocating the physical abuse of women. shrug I still don't understand how my beloved, and theretofore, rational thinking mother could come to such a conclusion because someone plays a part in a movie. Thank goodness she has mellowed through the years and was happy when I got to see him live last year. touched

i was almost 19... about to go into the Army and my mom freaked out. She got some tapes from those guys... some brothers. they had a horribly inaccurate tape set "why knock rock"

and then my older brother's WIFE came over and my brother, my SIL, my other brothr and I were going to camp out in the living room (mom had a tiny apartment). and she had a fit... and i told her "it is okay mom Prince told me to cut off my penis...." she did not take it well.

Oh what a naughty instigator you were back then. tease Thanks for making me laugh tonight! highfive

Reply #58 posted 08/09/12 6:44pm

OnlyNDaUsa

Elle85n09 said:

 



OnlyNDaUsa said:


 



Elle85n09 said:


 


I know what you mean.  When my Mom eventually got around to watching Purple Rain (post Lovesexy), she didn't want me to talk about Prince because she thought he was advocating the physical abuse of women. shrug  I still don't understand how my beloved, and theretofore, rational thinking mother could come to such a conclusion because someone plays a part in a movie.  Thank goodness she has mellowed through the years and was happy when I got to see him live last year. touched



 


 


i was almost 19... about to go into the Army and my mom freaked out. She got some tapes from those guys... some brothers. they had a horribly inaccurate tape set "why knock rock"


 


and then my older brother's WIFE came over and my brother, my SIL, my other brothr and I were going to camp out in the living room (mom had a tiny apartment). and she had a fit... and i told her "it is okay mom Prince told me to cut off my penis...."  she did not take it well. 


 



Oh what a naughty instigator you were back then. tease Thanks for making me laugh tonight! highfive



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Reply #59 posted 08/10/12 6:04am

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petes2 said:

those were the days when an artist could still shock, probably the last days that that could happen. the shock tactics these day are just rehashes of all the Madonnas,elvis', princes etc.., it looks foolish to try and do anything these days. hate to sound old but it's all been done, only the media makes fools out of themselves attempting to hype up a new scandalous act from someone.

I don't even know if the word is 'shock' it definately was the last of days when a person could be a super star of those magnitudes.

Yes everyone else is really just following 'overtly' most of the time people from the 1980's a before

I would say the early-mid 1990's Madonna did a very good job with causing shock value and controversy the 1990's at that time had a LOT of social change happening so it was ripe for it

Prince should have had his slice of the cake but he didn't get it, it did good for Janet in the early 1990's -not shock but sexual freedom

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Reply #60 posted 08/10/12 6:44am

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Legendary performance ..
Reply #61 posted 08/13/12 11:08am

afro75

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Lust4Camille said:

i just saw a piece of this award show and right after Prince got the Favorite Black Single, Lionel Ritchie's facial expression was so PRICELESS. Now that's what i call a KODAK MOMENT. lol

I know this is not the exact face but this is right after that Prince moment

lol Lionel was a crazy fan like the ones up in the balcony

Besides remembering Lionel's crazy-ass jacket, I do recall him exclaiming "Outrageous!" a lot on this awards show. "Outrageous" as in "That's Amazing!" not "What the Hell!" lol

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Reply #62 posted 08/13/12 11:13am

kidmelody2012

nursev said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

Someone asked for a Prince photo. This one was taken in 1985 as he arrived at the American Music Awards with his amusing looking entourage.  Photo by Brad Elterman

Prince arriving @ the AMA with Big Chick, John Nelson(father)

Sweet!!! Papa Nelson was a pimp too lol

[Edited 8/7/12 11:42am]

what the hell his daddy got on? a walking trash bag?

Reply #63 posted 08/13/12 11:16am

kewlschool

kidmelody2012 said:

nursev said:

Sweet!!! Papa Nelson was a pimp too lol

[Edited 8/7/12 11:42am]

what the hell his daddy got on? a walking trash bag?

He is wearing basic prince clothing, it's just a long trench coat.

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Reply #64 posted 08/13/12 11:19am

kidmelody2012

kewlschool said:

kidmelody2012 said:

what the hell his daddy got on? a walking trash bag?

He is wearing basic prince clothing, it's just a long trench coat.

so why not get daddy a curly wig so he can really look like him?

Reply #65 posted 08/13/12 11:33am

kewlschool

kidmelody2012 said:

kewlschool said:

He is wearing basic prince clothing, it's just a long trench coat.

so why not get daddy a curly wig so he can really look like him?

Daddy kept it real.

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Reply #66 posted 08/14/12 5:38am

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Reply #67 posted 08/14/12 5:42am

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Reply #69 posted 08/14/12 6:16am

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petes2 said:

those were the days when an artist could still shock, probably the last days that that could happen. the shock tactics these day are just rehashes of all the Madonnas,elvis', princes etc.., it looks foolish to try and do anything these days. hate to sound old but it's all been done, only the media makes fools out of themselves attempting to hype up a new scandalous act from someone.

Exactly nod the 80s was the last era when artists were bold,unique and "shocking".Most of today's artists are lame,by comparison.They don't even try to push the envelope.Lady Gaga is only "shocking" to the people who weren't around in the 80s,lol.

Reply #70 posted 08/14/12 6:24am

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I'm not lesbian, but damn Apples mighta got a lil bit lol

Reply #71 posted 08/15/12 8:05am

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Reply #72 posted 08/17/12 6:26am

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Reply #73 posted 08/18/12 8:23pm

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nursev said:

Yeah he was lol I remember watching this lol he always seemed so shy, afraid and just looking like he didn't wanna be there lol when we know he loved it lol

That was the Purple Reign, it scared even him, PRINCE WAS HUGE, that night was magic, 3 awards Sheila E performing, the whole purple camp except for the Time, P&the Revolution, Sheial E and band, Jill Jones, Apollonia 6, the Purple Rain performance that killed it, they proved they deserved that one

This was also the night that created Hello

That was like his 1st HUGE award show, outside of Uptown right?

HELLO, nice thread, it really brings back memories. Vanity was there and so was Sheena Easton. That was an amazing night. Does anyone have any photos of where Apples was sitting in the audience?

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Reply #74 posted 08/21/12 6:35am

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