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Thread started 01/02/18 3:07pm

Mikado

Would Kiss be as popular if Prince didn't sing it in falsetto?

Had Prince sung Kiss in his natural, Purple Rain era voice, would it have been as popular at the time, or continue to be the enduring classic that it is today?

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Reply #1 posted 01/02/18 3:15pm

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That's a good question. I would say Yes, because Kiss got a catchy beat tho. I mean, three seconds (at best) and this song gets you and you can't help but dance.
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Reply #2 posted 01/02/18 3:54pm

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Mikado said:

Had Prince sung Kiss in his natural, Purple Rain era voice, would it have been as popular at the time, or continue to be the enduring classic that it is today?

Didn't Tom Jones answer that question when he remade it in his lower register?

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Reply #3 posted 01/02/18 4:42pm

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Mikado said:


Had Prince sung Kiss in his natural, Purple Rain era voice, would it have been as popular at the time, or continue to be the enduring classic that it is today?




Didn't Tom Jones answer that question when he remade it in his lower register?


No, because the song was already famous and the Tom Jones/Art of Noise remake was just a joke. And sometimes a jokey version of a well known song can become a hit. Like Cliff Richard & The Young Ones with Living Doll...
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Reply #4 posted 01/02/18 5:21pm

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I hate the falsetto on this one. It's really thin and loses itself sometimes. When he gets into his normal register in little parts her and there, it's so much more solid. So yeah, it would have been just as big.

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Reply #5 posted 01/02/18 5:24pm

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^ wow someone who even hates Kiss.. thats encredible... eek eek eek

to me the song is a perfect masterpiece loved by so many, all around the world....

Including me.. such a masterpiece it is.... cool heart

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Reply #6 posted 01/02/18 5:25pm

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^ wow someone who even hates Kiss.. thats encredible.


I never said I hate the song. I said I hate the falsetto take on it. It's better when he's in normal range.

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Reply #7 posted 01/02/18 5:26pm

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^ ok.. still... its almost unbelievable to me, because I heart Kiss as it is, so much.... eek

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Reply #8 posted 01/02/18 5:31pm

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^ ok.. still... its almost unbelievable to me, because I heart Kiss as it is, so much.... eek

Remember the phrase, "different strokes for different folks" smile I love Kiss too, but not everybody does.

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Reply #9 posted 01/02/18 5:35pm

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^ yes.. thats true.. different opinions... thumbs up!

again, to me Kiss is among the "holy tracks", those, which I treassure 100%

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Reply #10 posted 01/02/18 7:56pm

Mikado

Kiss is one of those songs I don't really listen to with headphones - it works better with speakers, loud speakers, perferably in a dance floor setting. biggrin

I think that Kiss sung in a deeper voice would still be good, and a little easier on the ears, but it's still great.

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Reply #11 posted 01/02/18 9:43pm

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Maybe if he sung it in the same register but in full voice. The falsetto is so pure that the vocals are almost second to thectesckb
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Reply #12 posted 01/03/18 5:47am

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You take any element away from "Kiss" - the main rif, the groove, the ultra-classy lyrics, or the vocal - it loses its charm. It's one of Prince's most carefully and perfectly constructed singles. The falsetto is perfect for the song - it makes Prince sound more playful and less intimidating.

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Reply #13 posted 01/03/18 7:22am

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NorthC said:

laytonian said:

Didn't Tom Jones answer that question when he remade it in his lower register?

No, because the song was already famous and the Tom Jones/Art of Noise remake was just a joke. And sometimes a jokey version of a well known song can become a hit. Like Cliff Richard & The Young Ones with Living Doll...

Brilliant - the incorporation of Cliff Richard and The Young Ones into that answer is absolutely spectacular.

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Reply #14 posted 01/03/18 7:25am

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SimonCharles said:

NorthC said:

laytonian said: No, because the song was already famous and the Tom Jones/Art of Noise remake was just a joke. And sometimes a jokey version of a well known song can become a hit. Like Cliff Richard & The Young Ones with Living Doll...

Brilliant - the incorporation of Cliff Richard and The Young Ones into that answer is absolutely spectacular.

The Tom Jones/Art of Noise version is in no way a joke - I knew that version before I knew the Prince one and absolutely loved it, as did other members of my family.

The Living Doll remake was an actual joke song - this was not.

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Reply #15 posted 01/03/18 8:11am

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I've always wished for a falsetto version of I Love U In Me and Nothing Compares To U.

The released version of I Love U In Me is pure perfection but a falsetto version would have been an interesting exploration of the track.

How about a bass voice version of Pink Cashmere. That would be interesting. I'm sure prince would have played about with such things.

I've always loved Prince's version of Nothing Compares 2 U, but I would much rather that was in falsetto.

For those who referenced Tom Jones' version of Kiss - well, I'm simply just not going there!! lol lol


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Reply #16 posted 01/03/18 8:52am

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Mikado said:

Had Prince sung Kiss in his natural, Purple Rain era voice, would it have been as popular at the time, or continue to be the enduring classic that it is today?

The acoustic demo version was in his normal register and I think it would have been just as good, IMO.

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Reply #17 posted 01/03/18 11:31am

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Most of us dig Kiss, but am I the only one who gets embarrassed if other people are around when he does the "ain't no particular sign, I'm more compatible with" scream?

I be like...jeez. Why did he have to do that?

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Reply #18 posted 01/03/18 11:59am

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Tony Christian did a lower register on the Mazarati version.

IDK, I cannot imagine the song without the falsetto

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Reply #19 posted 01/03/18 1:22pm

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leecaldon said:

SimonCharles said:

Brilliant - the incorporation of Cliff Richard and The Young Ones into that answer is absolutely spectacular.

The Tom Jones/Art of Noise version is in no way a joke - I knew that version before I knew the Prince one and absolutely loved it, as did other members of my family.

The Living Doll remake was an actual joke song - this was not.

Tom Jones and the Art Of Noise definitely knew they were being cheeky. Imagine if Michael Bolton and the Chainsmokers released a cover of the Weeknd's "Starboy". It would be perceived as a joke no matter how much people loved it or how well it did.

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Reply #20 posted 01/03/18 5:51pm

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I like Kiss the way Prince recorded it. It's got a funky beat, James Brown style. His voice is sexy and sultry and he builds up the climax at the end when he screams. Love it!! biggrin

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Reply #21 posted 01/03/18 5:57pm

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Is great as it is, thank you.

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Reply #22 posted 01/03/18 6:25pm

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Is great as it is, thank you.



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Reply #23 posted 01/03/18 6:36pm

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williamb610 said:

Most of us dig Kiss, but am I the only one who gets embarrassed if other people are around when he does the "ain't no particular sign, I'm more compatible with" scream?

I be like...jeez. Why did he have to do that?

That's the best part nod. He was weird, love it smile.

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Reply #24 posted 01/03/18 10:39pm

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214 said:

Is great as it is, thank you.

^ nod

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Reply #25 posted 01/04/18 7:21am

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renfield said:

leecaldon said:

The Tom Jones/Art of Noise version is in no way a joke - I knew that version before I knew the Prince one and absolutely loved it, as did other members of my family.

The Living Doll remake was an actual joke song - this was not.

Tom Jones and the Art Of Noise definitely knew they were being cheeky. Imagine if Michael Bolton and the Chainsmokers released a cover of the Weeknd's "Starboy". It would be perceived as a joke no matter how much people loved it or how well it did.

Just no.

And don't go comparing Tom Jones with Michael Bolton biggrin

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Reply #26 posted 01/04/18 9:48am

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^ ok.. still... its almost unbelievable to me, because I heart Kiss as it is, so much.... eek

I enjoy reading Trivial's posts but you have to consider the source. On the Tom Petty thread he started out with "I hate his voice, so much", before compliments and RIP. lol

I'm with you. The song is all one piece with the voice he chose. He did have an excellent track record of other people hitting with his songs.

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Reply #27 posted 01/04/18 10:23am

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Listen to Kiss #1 and decide for yourself. shrug

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Reply #28 posted 01/04/18 1:06pm

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214 said:

Is great as it is, thank you.

^ nod

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Reply #29 posted 01/05/18 10:59pm

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williamb610 said:

Most of us dig Kiss, but am I the only one who gets embarrassed if other people are around when he does the "ain't no particular sign, I'm more compatible with" scream?

I be like...jeez. Why did he have to do that?

That scream is not embarrassing at all, it's a brilliant Prince scream! The entire song is brilliant, which is why it's one of his most enduring hit songs.

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