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Thread started 03/17/15 11:21am

camillioesteve
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Age of the Average Prince Fan

I'm curious about the age of org members and how old you were when you discovered Prince.

If you were born after 1978, what Prince release corresponds with your birthyear?

I was born in '89, the year of Batman, making me 26. I discovered prince at a very young age, not really sure how old, but I recall my parents owning Love Symbol and Graffiti Bridge and The Hits/B-Sides. I remember secretly listening to 'Sexy MF' and feeling real dirty, but Pop Life was my first favorite track and the reason I got into the rest of his work.

This is my first post btw biggrin

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Reply #1 posted 03/17/15 11:34am

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I'm 19. 20 this August so I'm around the same age as The Gold Experience as I believe that ame out September '95? One month after I was born.

As for how old I was when I discovered Prince, I always liked '80s music from a young age but I really got into goth music in 2010 when I was 14. I just kind of discovered his hit records along the way. I was a 'hits' kind of fan up until I met my current boyfriend who saw I liked Rick James and suggested I listen to Prince more. He's not a crazy fan like I am, but it literally is kind of his his fault I'm so obsessed with Prince now! lol

I count myself very lucky that I got into Prince in 2013 because he played Manchester last Febuary and I got to see him up close after only being a 'hardcore' fan for under a year!

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Reply #2 posted 03/17/15 12:03pm

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Great first post! biggrin

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I was born in 1978, making me 36 so I guess my corresponding birthyear album is For You.

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I was about 16 when I purchased my first Prince/Symbol album which was The Gold Experience, purchased b/c I had recently heard TMBGITW & 7 (I know it's not on TGE) on the radio & I thought it was badass that someone so famous was changing their name to an unpronouncable symbol... I had to figure out who this dude was whose music I liked so much.

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Reply #3 posted 03/17/15 12:52pm

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I am 7 years younger than Prince.. cool

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Reply #4 posted 03/17/15 12:53pm

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to answer the question I was 17 when I discovered the 1999 album in feb 1983.. wink

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Reply #5 posted 03/17/15 1:03pm

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^I'm a little younger than you. I was 17 when I discovered him in 1988 with the awesome groundbreaking Lovesexy album... (Okay, I knew about P before, but this album got me hooked.)
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Reply #6 posted 03/17/15 1:10pm

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Guess I'm the elder here--I first heard I Wanna Be Your Lover on the radio in 1980 and thought it was Sylvester. boxed

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Reply #7 posted 03/17/15 1:34pm

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Reply #8 posted 03/17/15 1:49pm

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45 now, got in to Prince in about 1991 but had obviously heard stuff from hime before, just hadn't really taken much notice.

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Reply #9 posted 03/17/15 2:20pm

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I stole the "cream" single on cassette from my local record shop back in '92 so I would have been around 11/12. Don't really know why, I'd seen "1999" on mtv but it was an impulse thing I think. It was enough to get me hooked. The symbol album soon followed then I discovered record fairs and bootlegs
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Reply #10 posted 03/17/15 2:24pm

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camillioestevez said:

I'm curious about the age of org members and how old you were when you discovered Prince.

If you were born after 1978, what Prince release corresponds with your birthyear?

I was born in '89, the year of Batman, making me 26. I discovered prince at a very young age, not really sure how old, but I recall my parents owning Love Symbol and Graffiti Bridge and The Hits/B-Sides. I remember secretly listening to 'Sexy MF' and feeling real dirty, but Pop Life was my first favorite track and the reason I got into the rest of his work.

This is my first post btw biggrin

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Reply #11 posted 03/17/15 2:31pm

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20. I was born in 1995, the year of The Gold Experience. I got into Prince in 2010. I listened to 20Ten and didn't think much of it, but I'd heard (or maybe I'd read on the internet) that Prince was this amazing artist and I wanted to know what the fuss was all about so I bought 1999. I've been a huge fan ever since.

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Reply #12 posted 03/17/15 2:32pm

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nosajd said:

Great first post! biggrin

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I was born in 1978, making me 36 so I guess my corresponding birthyear album is For You.

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I was about 16 when I purchased my first Prince/Symbol album which was The Gold Experience, purchased b/c I had recently heard TMBGITW & 7 (I know it's not on TGE) on the radio & I thought it was badass that someone so famous was changing their name to an unpronouncable symbol... I had to figure out who this dude was whose music I liked so much.

We're the same age. But my first Prince album was the symbol one. It was one of my first CD's ever.

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Reply #13 posted 03/17/15 2:50pm

terrig

i'm 51. 5 years younger than prince.

i got in on the ground floor - i was 12 or 13 maybe 14? smile i can't remember exactly how we all knew about prince before his first record came out, but i think a friends cousin was a musican...there were alot of parliament members and/or relatives in my town where i grew up....someone had a reallllly bad sounding cassette that we all huddled around listening lololol

it was 'for you' (possibly demos, hard to remember now)

i remember thinking prince was magical, that he did it all by himself --- i had everything on vinyl, cassettes, cds....then in october i moved to costa rica, and i kept the vinyl and the cds.


now i'm a middle-aged married lady. eek (still cute tho, don't get it twisted) cool




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Reply #14 posted 03/17/15 3:03pm

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Why is age more than a number? wink

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Reply #15 posted 03/17/15 3:21pm

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I was 11 or 12 in the 6th grade, and a girl in class had a Right On magazine which had a pic of Prince with a caption about the lion in his pocket...truly scandalous. I think that was the first time I became curious about Prince. Around that same time LRC was tearing up MTV, and then a few years later a friend let listen to the When Doves Cry 45 and I was hooked. So, yeah, I'm one of the old timers I guess 😜
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Reply #16 posted 03/17/15 3:27pm

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I'm 56. I figure the average Prince fan these days is in their 40's or 50's although thank goodness there are still younger people discovering his incredible music.

I discovered Prince when he released "Soft and Wet" but only because I thought it was a disco song and disco was big then. I didn't really start following him until the Controversy album, and realized his genius with the 1999 album.

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Reply #17 posted 03/17/15 4:12pm

EddieC

45. Timed things perfectly to be 14 when Purple Rain came out. I knew the 1999 album (it got played on school field trips), but I didn't buy anything until When Doves Cry. Had everything by the time Around the World in a Day rolled around.

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Reply #18 posted 03/17/15 4:23pm

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I was 13 in 1984
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Reply #19 posted 03/17/15 5:00pm

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I was 11 in '84 when I first got into Prince via the Purple Rain soundtrack. I had heard "I Wanna Be Your Lover" many years before but was too young to care about music artists. I did like the song though. For some reason 1999 (the album and singles) passed me by, although Prince was a huge hit on MTV. I just wasn't interested at the time I guess. shrug

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Reply #20 posted 03/17/15 5:01pm

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I'm closing in on 49. "Purple Rain" came out in 1984, during the summer before my freshman year of college. But I didn't become a true fan until the summer of 1987, thanks to "Sign 'O' The Times" (still my favorite Prince album).

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Reply #21 posted 03/17/15 5:45pm

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I am 16 and will be 17 on May 29th. I started listening to Prince's hits in 2010-ish so I was 12. Then in late 2013 - early 2014 I became a much deeper fan. So I'm a youngin'... So that's mah story lol
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Reply #22 posted 03/17/15 5:52pm

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44. Prolly first heard 1999 on the radio, but a schoolmate turned me on to the 1999 album because of the profanity.

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Reply #23 posted 03/17/15 7:36pm

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44 here. 1984 was when i fully hopped on board.

A perplexed casual observer rather than a fan now. That goes for most music too though these days. I'd rather watch a good movie to be honest. lol

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Reply #24 posted 03/17/15 7:50pm

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The average Prince fan is "medium old", somewhere between a spring chicken and Betty White.

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Reply #25 posted 03/17/15 8:31pm

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I am 33 and got into Prince in 1991 after seeing him several times on Mtv. They sometimes had this "Prince weekend" where they played Prince videos on heavy rotation, I really liked it so got my first album the same year smile
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Reply #26 posted 03/18/15 12:03am

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I am 34 years old and first got into Prince when I was 15 back in 1996 after seeing the Cream video a bunch of times during that summer. Bought Diamonds and Pearls because it was on there and never looked back!

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Reply #27 posted 03/18/15 12:23am

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44 year old. Discovered Prince in 1982 when I was 12. (Little Red Corvette, 1999, and Automatic music videos were in heavy rotation on TV). When Doves Cry Video came out when I was 14, that was it, hooked for life.

Still playing AOA in the car.

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Reply #28 posted 03/18/15 1:26am

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I'm 35. His second album was released the year I was born.

I have no memories whatsoever of his PR to SOTT era days. I do remember what Stevie Wonder and MJ were doing though then though.

My first memories of Prince must have been from the Batman movie and the songs in it, but I really paid attention to him only during the D&P and Symbol album days when he had all those women dressed up in sexy clothes in his videos and I was starting to find that kind of thing hot at 12-13. I didn't even realize the guy in the videos was wearing make-up and high heels too. razz

I became a fan a little bit later on when I started to get into playing instruments myself.

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Reply #29 posted 03/18/15 1:56am

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TheEnglishGent said:

45 now, got in to Prince in about 1991 but had obviously heard stuff from hime before, just hadn't really taken much notice.

This is a bit like me. I'm 44.

I was aware of him in the UK since 84/85 (first chart hits, Spitting Image, BPI awards 85 appearance), the Kiss single and then Sign O The Times title track and double album made me realise he was something special, Lovesexy 88 still passed me by a little, but hooked back in by 89 and the Batman album, then Graffiti Bridge went back under the radar for me, 1991 onwards totally hardcore...

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Just somewhere in the middle,
Not too good and not too bad.
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