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Reply #60 posted 11/21/18 9:12pm

controversy99

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1. If Eye Was the Man in Ur Life

Great video with a lot of cameos would've done it. It's a head bobber. Imagine a video full of celebrity cameos, mouthing some of the words and bobbing their heads.: Usher, Adam Levine, Jamie Foxx, MJB, and Christina A. They're in a crowded club with the camera moving at head height through the crowd. Song has a bit of a Prince late 80s sound, which could work with a nostalgia factor.

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2. Love

Strong chorus, interesting sound

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3. The One U Wanna C

Just a fun tune. Bootleg video with the teenagers messing around in their house was cool (see my comment in prior post).

"Love & honesty, peace & harmony"
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Reply #61 posted 11/21/18 9:32pm

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bonatoc said:



RODSERLING said:


TheFman said:


The Cross.
P's version as it is wouldnt have been a bigger hit than IIWYG. But at that time, when U2 couldn't do anything wrong, they could have made a hit out of it.
Not saying that i wanted that to happen or that nobody else could have made a hit out of it. My main point just being that i never believe it would have been a Prince-hit.



I Can t agree. The Cross has âged very well. Friends of mine who Can t stand Prince, When I put The Cross, It s like an instant classic and It gives them more emotion than any other Prince tracks. . Thé Cross doesn t contain any Prince s musical or vocal gimmicks, that as fan we all love, but that thé rest of the World Really dislike and find campy.

Were you born before the radio ? Because there's no way "The Cross" would have get airplay
with the first whole minute under 20 dB. People would have gotten the impression their radio wasn't working.
This is music business ABC, not to mention charts were bought and sold.


Maybe, surely you ré right, U2 or Usher would have made It a better hit by their name only, but Prince s version IS great in itself, and sounds better than most of his well known catalogue to casual listeners. . Why It wasn t released just After thé SOTT single IS beyond me, It would have been huge in Europe contrary to U GOT thé look and ICNTTPOYM who are now éven forgotten hits in thé Usa

"U Got The Look" is far from being forgotten.
It's #10 on YT, making it de de facto SOTT only relevant single,
still from a business point of view. It was also made for the radio, it sounds totally out of place on the album.
Now we're used to it, but that doesn't negate the audible fact. Nothing sounds like "U Got The Look" on the whole SOTT album.



Concernant THE CROSS, I m proud to teach you thé existence of édit singles. You Can magically make One minute cut in 20 seconds. One example IS thé radio édit of IIWYG.
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And thé One minute low tempo accapella Didn t prevent I will Always Love You by Whitney to bé #1 all over thé World.
[Edited 11/21/18 21:34pm]
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Reply #62 posted 11/21/18 9:56pm

Toofunkyinhere

"Love"

"Days of Wild"

"Crucial"

"Good Love"

"Underneath The Cream"

"$"

"Future Soul Song"

"Xtraloveable"

"Until Ure in My Arms Again"

"Man O' War"

"The Gold Standard"

"U Know"

"Black Muse"

"One U Wanna See"

.......Too many to name really, probably about half a dozen tracks off "Emancipation", surprised that "Somebody's Somebody" didn't become a bigger hit too, as i think it's a brilliant R&B song, love "The Holy River" as well, almost sounds like a lost Bee Gees song. There's songs off every album that could've been big hits imo. That's what i kind of like about his later day work, it's all so undiscovered, he almost turned into more of an indie artist.

[Edited 11/22/18 0:03am]

We're here, might as well get into it.
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Reply #63 posted 11/22/18 1:21am

SoulAlive

I agree! This song was classic Prince......catchy,"nasty" and fun smile

Dazza said:

319 - should have been a single

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Reply #64 posted 11/22/18 1:38am

bonatoc

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RODSERLING said:

bonatoc said:

Concernant THE CROSS, I m proud to teach you thé existence of édit singles.
You Can magically make One minute cut in 20 seconds.
One example IS thé radio édit of IIWYG. .
And thé One minute low tempo accapella Didn t prevent I will Always Love You by Whitney to bé #1 all over thé World. [Edited 11/21/18 21:34pm]


Nice try, Dumbledore, but I worked for a major wrecka company, I know what I'm talking about.
You can go back to Wonderland now, Alice. Great songs don't have to become singles to be great.
And no one would have cared for The Cross in 1987 sandwiched in between this and this.
The catholic-roman concept was entirely stolen by U2 that year. Besides you're out of topic. The eighties ain't what it's about.
As for Whitney, the first minute is compressed to the bone.
And she's not doing whiny Dylan over a sad acoustic riff.
She's doing operatic Parton. Instant ear-catcher.

PS : Could you please set your keyboard language properly?

The Colors R brighter, the Bond is much tighter
No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailboat sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
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Reply #65 posted 11/22/18 3:26am

RJOrion

Sticky Like Glue
My Medallion
My Computer
Count The Days
One Kiss At A Time
Lavaux
What It Feels Like
If Eye Could Get Ur Attention
Everywhere
Y Should Eye Do That When Eye Can Do This?
And God Created Woman
Freaks On This Side
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Reply #66 posted 11/22/18 3:42am

RJOrion

Count The Days = Prince's greatest vocal duet with a male singer...Sonny T. and P chemistry somewhat reminding me of Philip Bailey and Maurice White (EW&F)..
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Reply #67 posted 11/22/18 8:57am

RODSERLING

It s easy to have an instant hit (Aka top 40) When you ve GOT promotion (Aka payola).
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So the question IS wrongly asked.
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What IS most difficult IS to have a cult/mémorable song that will still bé played a decade or two After its initial release like Purple Rain, Kiss, Cream, or éven to a lesser extent, Sexy MF...
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So the real question IS to Wonder if Prince Really missed a memorable hit that wasn t already released, something Worth to remember for thé large audience.
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Éven sôme hits such as 7 and INCTTPOYM are mostly forgotten today.
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For thé 70/80's thé answer IS obvious ( I m Yours, Bambi, Lady Cab Driver, Beautiful Onès, Darling Nikki,SISIA, Thé Cross, etc). Prince kind of knew It since hé Never ceased to play those songs live for thé most part of them. On thé contrary, Hé préféréd to forgot his most récent material.
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For thé 90's and thé 2000's, well, It s' Really difficult
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Hé often played thé Love WE Make on 2014, so maybe with Thïs One, hé knew hé missed, maybe not an instant hit, but an enduring modest hit. But you couldnt legally listen to It or buy It until Thïs year. That s also a part of the impossibility to answer honnestly thé question
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And God Created Women...still sounds intemporal today.
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Still would stand all Time IS a great would-be enduring hit too.
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Thé last décember, Thïs One deserved to bé an all Time hit, and would have been for sure.
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Thé Word, but maybe I go too far...
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Lay Down could have been huge and remembered today if properly promoted.
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Way back Home should have been his comeback hit, It s great and Really emotional.
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In général, many songs from AOA were, for once, Really well tailored for the kind of music played on radio at that Time. I think thé album IS lame and dull for thé most part, too Much RnB craps like TCBU or BCW that could only appeal to US RnB radio, but thé eponymous track and Gold Standard for instance, were would-be hits.
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Reply #68 posted 11/22/18 10:16am

RJOrion

RODSERLING said:

It s easy to have an instant hit (Aka top 40) When you ve GOT promotion (Aka payola).
.
So the question IS wrongly asked.
.
What IS most difficult IS to have a cult/mémorable song that will still bé played a decade or two After its initial release like Purple Rain, Kiss, Cream, or éven to a lesser extent, Sexy MF...
.
So the real question IS to Wonder if Prince Really missed a memorable hit that wasn t already released, something Worth to remember for thé large audience.
.
Éven sôme hits such as 7 and INCTTPOYM are mostly forgotten today.
.
For thé 70/80's thé answer IS obvious ( I m Yours, Bambi, Lady Cab Driver, Beautiful Onès, Darling Nikki,SISIA, Thé Cross, etc). Prince kind of knew It since hé Never ceased to play those songs live for thé most part of them. On thé contrary, Hé préféréd to forgot his most récent material.
.
For thé 90's and thé 2000's, well, It s' Really difficult
.
Hé often played thé Love WE Make on 2014, so maybe with Thïs One, hé knew hé missed, maybe not an instant hit, but an enduring modest hit. But you couldnt legally listen to It or buy It until Thïs year. That s also a part of the impossibility to answer honnestly thé question
.
And God Created Women...still sounds intemporal today.
.
Still would stand all Time IS a great would-be enduring hit too.
.
Thé last décember, Thïs One deserved to bé an all Time hit, and would have been for sure.
.
Thé Word, but maybe I go too far...
.
Lay Down could have been huge and remembered today if properly promoted.
.
Way back Home should have been his comeback hit, It s great and Really emotional.
.
In général, many songs from AOA were, for once, Really well tailored for the kind of music played on radio at that Time. I think thé album IS lame and dull for thé most part, too Much RnB craps like TCBU or BCW that could only appeal to US RnB radio, but thé eponymous track and Gold Standard for instance, were would-be hits.
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i definitly agree with u about Way Back Home
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Reply #69 posted 11/23/18 10:42am

luvsexy4all

if some of those songs were released in the 80's they wouldve been hits

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Reply #70 posted 11/27/18 6:23am

james

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Prince wasn't doing bad dance music or Indie Rock in the 90's so his best chance of a hit would have been a ballad (as he had the TMBGITW).

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So, The Love We Make could have worked or Silly Game... or Dark (There was a remix, so it was thought about!) ???.. although, even The Greatest Romance didn't work for him! So who knows!!! confused

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[Edited 11/27/18 6:24am]

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Reply #71 posted 11/27/18 10:22am

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I had wished for Beginning Endlessly to be a single back in 20ten days, idk why something special about that tune.

if it was just a dream, call me a dreamer 2
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Reply #72 posted 11/27/18 3:04pm

luvsexy4all

he wanted songs rleeased as singles for their message ,not neccessarily for their chart expectation

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Reply #73 posted 11/27/18 3:35pm

RODSERLING

StrangeButTrue said:

I had wished for Beginning Endlessly to be a single back in 20ten days, idk why something special about that tune.



I thought thé same thing way back then
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Reply #74 posted 11/28/18 8:55pm

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thebiscuit said:

Lovesign was a monster track. Monster. Really should’ve been a hit.


WB blocked the release of this as a single due to the massive success of TMBGITW as an independent single and they were not going to have that happen again.
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Reply #75 posted 11/28/18 8:55pm

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controversy99 said:

1. If Eye Was the Man in Ur Life


Great video with a lot of cameos would've done it. It's a head bobber. Imagine a video full of celebrity cameos, mouthing some of the words and bobbing their heads.: Usher, Adam Levine, Jamie Foxx, MJB, and Christina A. They're in a crowded club with the camera moving at head height through the crowd. Song has a bit of a Prince late 80s sound, which could work with a nostalgia factor.


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2. Love


Strong chorus, interesting sound


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3. The One U Wanna C


Just a fun tune. Bootleg video with the teenagers messing around in their house was cool (see my comment in prior post).





100% agree with this!
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Reply #76 posted 11/28/18 10:19pm

RODSERLING

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thebiscuit said:

Lovesign was a monster track. Monster. Really should’ve been a hit.


WB blocked the release of this as a single due to the massive success of TMBGITW as an independent single and they were not going to have that happen again.


I don t think It would have been a top 40 hit, since It Was only #72 for One week on thé AirPlay charts.
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Reply #77 posted 12/01/18 7:24am

audience1

There were several over the years that would have hit the mark, in particular…

2 songs from 3121:

* Incense and Candles - Very radio-friendly. Some stations were playing it on their own at the time. Would have been a big hit. A slam dunk if released!

* Love - Large, grandiose pop feel. Always thought it would have worked well as the follow-up single.

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Reply #78 posted 12/01/18 8:33am

violetcrush

The varying choices and opinions on this thread seem to demonstrate that this is all very subjective and mainly based on what each of our ears would project as a potential radio "hit" during the 90's....20 yrs later.

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Admittedly, I am an "80's" Prince girl, and had stepped away from his music for most of the 90's. 20-somethings (myself included) were into Indie rock/progressive rock,Techno, and/or Rap/Hiphop styles. Prince was still releasing more ballad/funk style songs - at least on Emancipation. The masses he had attracted during the 80's had drifted away, and most did not understand his issues with WB.

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That being said, I have become a huge fan of many of his songs from the 90's, however, I don't know that they would have been radio or chart topping hits - probably some would have charted. I disagree with all of the OP's choices, especially FLSMW, which to me is just a syrupy and uninspired ballad that lacked his artistic and creative lyrics found in songs like Condition of the Heart or Empty Room.

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Here are my favorites from that time whether they would have been hits or not:

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3 Chains O' Gold (love the lyrics - guess we'll never know what those chains represent)

319

I Hate U - Remix

Dinner w/ Delores

Zannalee

Had U

Right Back Here In My Arms

Soul Sanctuary

The Love We Make

5 Women

Strange But True

Don't Play Me

Tangerine

One Of Your Tears

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I'm attracted to his creative lyrical content along with the instrumental - I like the combination of both - 319 being the exception, because it is just a rocking song - creative lyric or not.

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Reply #79 posted 12/02/18 1:51am

Chas

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I think Prince could've had as many hits as he wanted.

I don't think he cared about the charts. If he did, he would get behind the promotion of it. If he cared about the charts, he'd remake "Purple Rain" every few years.

I think once he was free of WB, it was just "I'll release it, my fans will buy it, anyone else can buy it or not." Then he'd do the promotion that *he* was comfortable with.

I think during the WB years, there were people "gently pushing" him for a hit, or at least a single, then back that up with its promotion machine.

Of course, this is just my opinion, judging from his output, etc. over the last 3 decades.

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Reply #80 posted 12/03/18 1:38pm

violetcrush

Chas said:

I think Prince could've had as many hits as he wanted.


I don't think he cared about the charts. If he did, he would get behind the promotion of it. If he cared about the charts, he'd remake "Purple Rain" every few years.


I think once he was free of WB, it was just "I'll release it, my fans will buy it, anyone else can buy it or not." Then he'd do the promotion that *he* was comfortable with.


I think during the WB years, there were people "gently pushing" him for a hit, or at least a single, then back that up with its promotion machine.



Of course, this is just my opinion, judging from his output, etc. over the last 3 decades.




I tend to disagree. I think Prince really did care about his songs being "hits", however,publicly he always denied that. Of course, the artistic expression came first, but sales pay the bills and keep an artist relevant. I think he thought he could handle the marketing/promotion side in the 90's, but he couldn't - especially with the name change happening at the same time. Then by the late 90's and early 2000's he was heavily promoting the releases and also went back to a label for the marketing. He heavily promoted the Rave album by doing many TV and print interviews.
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