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Thread started 09/07/18 3:53pm

CherryMoon57

'U Got The Look': the song, the video, the awards, the look...


The video for this song - which features in my top ten list of Prince songs - had won Prince two awards 30 years ago today, for Best Male Video and Best Stage Performance, at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards. I will never forget my first time hearing this track on a French radiostation, late at night and being fascinated by the Camille voice and the distorted guitar screeches which worked so well together. Oh and what an unusual and mysterious way for a song to end I thought... I was hooked, immediately took the decision to purchase the Sign O' The Times album and was soon creating my own 'peach and black' outfits, just to get 'that look'! 1f351.png 1f9e1.png 1f5a4.png 1f60e.png




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Reply #1 posted 09/08/18 3:16am

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His MTV award for Best Stage Performance in a Video was presented by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince (Will Smith) and his Best Male Video award by The Bangles...


Does anyone know if Prince attended the show?

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Reply #2 posted 09/08/18 3:59am

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I remember when the song hit radio and MTV it created quite the buzz. On radio, there was some early resistance due to If I was Your Girlfriend bombing on radio just prior to it's release, but once it caught on it was one of the most requested songs for months. It got similar traction at MTV with one of his better videos. Alot of the general public had gotten dismissive of Prince, and this song brought at least a few back into the fold. I remember being in a store when it came on and I was checking out how people were responding to it. Several people seemed to be bopping around to the song and then I overheard a man tell his friend "Have you heard this song. Prince is back". I felt both relieved and infuriated by that comment, but I think it was a common misperception. As good as the Sign of the Times single was, it didn't have the commercial longevity and reach as U Got the Look. I believe U Got the Look went to #2 on the US pop chart and was prevented from getting to #1 by MJ's "Bad", if memory serves me correctly. I don't remember if he was at the MTV Video Awards.

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Reply #3 posted 09/08/18 4:54am

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One of his best and most original songs IMO! Still a classic, that part at the end is so hypnotic too, love it!

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Reply #4 posted 09/08/18 6:36am

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This is a great pop song. Prince is so sassy in the video too.
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Reply #5 posted 09/08/18 7:43am

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gandorb said:

I believe U Got the Look went to #2 on the US pop chart and was prevented from getting to #1 by MJ's "Bad", if memory serves me correctly.

Nope,it was Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam's "Lost In Emotion" that kept "U Got The Look" out of the top spot in September 1987.I love both songs smile

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Reply #6 posted 09/08/18 7:49am

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I remember when the song hit radio and MTV it created quite the buzz. On radio, there was some early resistance due to If I was Your Girlfriend bombing on radio just prior to it's release, but once it caught on it was one of the most requested songs for months. It got similar traction at MTV with one of his better videos. Alot of the general public had gotten dismissive of Prince, and this song brought at least a few back into the fold. I remember being in a store when it came on and I was checking out how people were responding to it. Several people seemed to be bopping around to the song and then I overheard a man tell his friend "Have you heard this song. Prince is back". I felt both relieved and infuriated by that comment, but I think it was a common misperception. As good as the Sign of the Times single was, it didn't have the commercial longevity and reach as U Got the Look. I believe U Got the Look went to #2 on the US pop chart and was prevented from getting to #1 by MJ's "Bad", if memory serves me correctly. I don't remember if he was at the MTV Video Awards.

It's interesting how the SOTT album really came alive,commercially,during the fall of 1987."U Got The Look" and "ICNTTPOYM" gave the album a second life.I always say that,if there was ever a perfect time for Prince to launch a US tour,it was in the fall of '87.The album was really taking off.In addition,several album tracks like "Housequake","Hot Thing" and "Adore" were getting tremendous airplay on R&B stations too.

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Reply #7 posted 09/08/18 8:34am

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I remember when the song hit radio and MTV it created quite the buzz. On radio, there was some early resistance due to If I was Your Girlfriend bombing on radio just prior to it's release, but once it caught on it was one of the most requested songs for months. It got similar traction at MTV with one of his better videos. Alot of the general public had gotten dismissive of Prince, and this song brought at least a few back into the fold. I remember being in a store when it came on and I was checking out how people were responding to it. Several people seemed to be bopping around to the song and then I overheard a man tell his friend "Have you heard this song. Prince is back". I felt both relieved and infuriated by that comment, but I think it was a common misperception. As good as the Sign of the Times single was, it didn't have the commercial longevity and reach as U Got the Look. I believe U Got the Look went to #2 on the US pop chart and was prevented from getting to #1 by MJ's "Bad", if memory serves me correctly. I don't remember if he was at the MTV Video Awards.


I don't remember ever hearing 'If I Was Your Girlfriend' on the radio in France at all. All that was heard at the time was 'Sign O' The Times' first then 'U Got The Look' but not as much, the former having had an equally massive impact on me as a budding Prince fan. Our local radiostation also played the remix of 'Housequake' a lot... 1987 was definitely the year that Prince's popularity in France reached a level previously unattained with Purple Rain.

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Reply #8 posted 09/08/18 8:44am

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Empress said:

This is a great pop song. Prince is so sassy in the video too.

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Reply #9 posted 09/08/18 10:56am

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video is good..the song ..meh

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Reply #10 posted 09/08/18 12:54pm

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One of my favorites since I heard it on the radio back in the 80s. This song just IS Prince to me. 💜
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Reply #11 posted 09/08/18 2:24pm

SoulAlive

The video is really good.Cat choreographed it and I like the dance that they're all doing.

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The video is really good.Cat choreographed it and I like the dance that they're all doing.

I love the whole sexy vibe of this choreography. One of my (many) favourite moments is before the vocals start, the beat kicks in along with the heavy guitar, and the video shows Miko and Levi stepping in tune and moving their heads together... cool


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Reply #13 posted 09/08/18 3:09pm

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The video was shot at the Palais Omnisport de Bercy in Paris on June 16, 1987.

'Around 150 invitations to participate as extras in the video were given out to attendants of the June, 15th 1987 concert. A note with a lipstick trace stamp as well as handwritten info on the shooting date, time and entrance door was distributed to the front row concerts-goers.

Shooting started around 6:00 p.m. and lasted until around 3:00 a.m. with a food break in the middle for which tables were set up. During the break Prince performed a 10 minute drums solo.' (Princevault)

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Reply #14 posted 09/08/18 3:51pm

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Easily the most dated song on the disc, music wise. I've never ever liked this song. From this song to the next one, ohhhh mama!! Lord have mercy! I watched "Lost in Emotion" by the way. That is the perfect example why Prince is miles ahead of his generation. A Janet/Michael copy paste video, some tacky clothes and you were set in 1987. I thank you orgers and the man himself that I became a Prince fan. That was just embarrassing to watch.
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"U Got the Look"...funny story. Even though I was in Prince's band, he asked me to choreograph the video. I said "Fine, but, you have to pay me. This is not for the 'Sign o' the Times' Tour, this is an extra job." So, I told him the money that I wanted and he agreed to it. He said "We're going to film it in Paris."
I did not speak any French. He had me audition about 300 dancers, and—excuse me for being ignorant or slow—but, I had no idea that Black people there didn't speak English. I was there saying "Hello! Hello!" to all the Black people and they couldn't speak English and I couldn't speak French. Now, this is when I say I was naive.
The best education is to travel the world. There is no book that can teach about cultures. Luckily, there was an interpreter, I can't remember her name, who was Prince's assistant at the time. I was trying to call out their names and stuff like that. I narrowed it down to about a dozen dancers. I did the choreography for everyone and the video came out really well. It was exciting and sexy.
No one knows this, but, Prince and I both edited the "Sign o' the Times" movie together. Even though it has the editor's name (on it), we went picture by picture. We had pictures all over the wall of the editing room.
The "U Got the Look" video was amazing. Sheena Easton was funny. I told her "You have to be sexy and you have to walk backwards." She said "But, I will fall! I will fall down!" I said "Just do it." It was cold and I was freezing. I was about to blow off the stage holding on to Prince's coat and she said "Oh, I can't, I'm scared." I said "Just do it!" It came out really well. I actually enjoyed that video.
Prince's mom came (to the set). That was the first time I met her. She was so beautiful. A doll. Just gorgeous. I met Prince's little brother. He was so cute and he had a crush on me. I was like "Bless your little heart." I can't remember his name, but, he was just adorable. He had green eyes and curly hair. Prince's mom was really short like him and adorable, sweet, kind. Just awesome.

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Reply #16 posted 09/09/18 3:49am

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Thanks for posting this OldFriend, what a lovely (and funny) story! It reminds me of my own initial reaction the first time I came to the UK and heard a black person with a Scottish accent... Travelling certainly stretches people's perception of the world. Which comes back to another connection here, since Sheena Easton is Scottish! sexy

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Reply #17 posted 09/12/18 9:36am

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Pop stations didn't play If I Was your girlfriend. I'm not sure if it was served Hip Hop stations at all. It was played on R&B stations. Funny enough I barely heard u got the look on R&B stations but pop radio love it
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What's the matter with your life
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Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
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CherryMoon57 said:

SoulAlive said:

The video is really good.Cat choreographed it and I like the dance that they're all doing.

I love the whole sexy vibe of this choreography. One of my (many) favourite moments is before the vocals start, the beat kicks in along with the heavy guitar, and the video shows Miko and Levi stepping in tune and moving their heads together... cool


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LOL that is actually from my computer screen lol
I snapped a bunch of them from a not so clear UGTL video years ago

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Reply #20 posted 09/12/18 12:02pm

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Here we are folks
The dream we all dream of
Boy versus girl in the World Series of love
Tell me, have you got the look?
You walked in, I woke up
I've never seen a pretty girl
Look so tough, baby
You got that look
Color you peach and black
Color me takin' aback
Crucial, I think I want ya
You've got the look (You've got the hook)
You sho'nuf do be cookin' in my book
Your face is jammin'
Your body's heck-a-slammin'
If love is good
Let's get to rammin'
You got the look
You got the look
Look here
You got the look (you got the look)
You must'a took (you must'a took)
A whole hour just to make up your face, baby
Closin' time, ugly lights, everybody's inspected (Everybody's inspected)
But you are a natural beauty unaffected (Unaffected)
Did I say an hour?
My face is red, I stand corrected (I stand corrected)
You've got the look
You've got the hook
You sho'nuf do be cookin' in my book
Your face is jammin'
Your body's heck-a-slammin'
If love is good
Let's get to rammin'
You got the look
You got the look
(There's no girl to do)
Well here we are, ladies and gentlemen, the dream we all dream of
(Oh, please!) Boy versus girl in the World Series of love slammin'
You walked in (I walked in)
I woke up (you woke up)
I never seen such a pretty girl look so tough
(I never seen such a pretty girl look so tough)
Baby (Baby)
You got that look (you got that look)
Yes you do (Yes you do)
Color you peach and black
Color me takin' aback, baby
Crucial, I think I want ya
You've got the look
You've got the hook
You sho'nuf do be cookin' in my book
Your face is jammin'
Your body's heck-a-slammin'
If your love is good
Let's get to rammin' (Now)
You got the look
You got the look
Here we are folks
The dream we all dream of
You got the look
You got the look
You got the look
You got the look
You got the look

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On recording U Got The Look

“[After that], he really liked my voice and thought we should do more stuff. Then occasionally he’d ask if I wanted to come in and listen to stuff. That’s how we did ‘U Got The Look.’ ‘U Got the Look’ was a track he’d basically finished for himself. It was just a Prince track. He said, ‘Do you want to just come in and sing some backup vocals on the choruses?’ So I went into the studio, and because I didn’t know I was singing against him (sings parts!), I was all over the place—and he said he kind of liked that, so he expanded it into a duet."


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Reply #23 posted 09/12/18 2:05pm

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Peach and Black - Susannah's favorite colors smile Thinking the song was inspired by her.

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Here's Cat's story about the peach dress she wore for SOTT:

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The "Sign o' the Times" single cover...that was when Prince actually asked me to join his band. I had no idea what was going on.
He asked me to go by his house in Beverly Hills and pick up a dress. I flew to Minneapolis the next day and I had no idea that was the dress I was supposed to wear. But, that dress was supposed to be for Susannah Melvoin, Wendy's twin sister. It just so happened I fit the dress. I came to find out that was the dress he wanted me to wear for the cover and he didn't let me know what it was for.
Earl Jones, Jill Jones' uncle, did my hair. I put on the dress, they gave me Prince's glasses, Prince told me to play the guitar and they started shooting. That how it ended up on the cover.
By the way, that heart you see on the cover, was a thick glass mirror. It was so heavy and that's why you see my muscles. I was shaking holding that heart. I said "Prince, if you were going to make the heart black, you could just drawn a black cardboard heart and it would have been effortless."

But, he's smart and he's such a genius, he wanted it to look like him. I got it. If you're holding something heavy, I don't care if you're a baby, girl or woman, your muscles are going to show. Even my dad thought that was Prince. Prince's dad thought that was Prince. Amazing, right?

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Reply #24 posted 09/12/18 2:55pm

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OldFriends4Sale said:

CherryMoon57 said:

I love the whole sexy vibe of this choreography. One of my (many) favourite moments is before the vocals start, the beat kicks in along with the heavy guitar, and the video shows Miko and Levi stepping in tune and moving their heads together... cool


Mico+has+the+Look.jpg

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LOL that is actually from my computer screen lol
I snapped a bunch of them from a not so clear UGTL video years ago

13935104_1075575892495604_4943471063476626047_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=af5b7c2f555e122e7b8f0eded2e73d75&oe=5C2E7456


Well it came in very handy to illustrate my post... Nothing wrong with a bit of recycling wink

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Reply #26 posted 09/12/18 3:20pm

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I liked the way P looked in the video..From the short haircut, slick suit and tie of 86 to this new psychafunkadelica look. I remember my brother saying; "Prince is starting to look crazy again"....I was also trying to figure out who were these new members in the band..(Miko/Levi).....Was glad to see him jamming on the cloud guitar again...The 87 MTV awards show performance is still one of my favorites..Still not crazy about the song.

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Nice. Love the colors!

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CherryMoon57 said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

LOL that is actually from my computer screen lol
I snapped a bunch of them from a not so clear UGTL video years ago

13935104_1075575892495604_4943471063476626047_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=af5b7c2f555e122e7b8f0eded2e73d75&oe=5C2E7456


Well it came in very handy to illustrate my post... Nothing wrong with a bit of recycling wink

of course lol that is why I put them out on the web

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Reply #29 posted 09/12/18 6:55pm

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Since I first heard the tune when I was 11, until about a year or two ago, I quite disliked this song. I considered it one of two or three skippable tracks on Sign o' the Times. But now I think it's great! I'm not sure what changed for me, but I enjoy the tune a lot now.

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