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Thread started 01/04/19 11:09pm

lust

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Question the “Love Symbol” album! (The use of the place holder name)

Is this name an “official”
place holder name? I’ve always just assumed it was a meme that became accepted but see that it’s named Love Symbol on Spotify. Why not just write it as 0{+>? Surely the use of “Love symbol” as a name is only useful when verbalised?

How and when did the term “Love Symbol” become accepted?
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Reply #1 posted 01/04/19 11:19pm

pinkcashmere23

I was wondering that too the other day when I was trying to find it to make a playlist. I wasn't sure what to type in the search box and 'Love Symbol' didn't pull it up. I searched under The NPG and it was listed with their albums but I saw there was no official title for the album. It's listed as 'Prince & The New Power Generation' on Tidal.

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Reply #2 posted 01/05/19 6:02am

iZsaZsa

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You wrote it wrong, so it's too confusing. prince O ( + >

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Reply #3 posted 01/05/19 6:38am

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It was called that at least from it's release. I remember reading the charts in the newspaper (ask your parents), and it was listed either as "love symbol" or "androgynous".
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Reply #4 posted 01/05/19 7:23am

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billymeade said:

It was called that at least from it's release. I remember reading the charts in the newspaper (ask your parents), and it was listed either as "love symbol" or "androgynous".



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Reply #5 posted 01/05/19 8:10am

pinkcashmere23

It was listed as 'Love Symbol" on an online CD store where I got the physical copy but it's not listed under that title on Tidal but is on Spotify.

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Reply #6 posted 01/05/19 8:41am

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This is a photo from my 1993 NPG Catalog - the symbol is called "Love Symbol" here. That's the oldest reference I have on hand.

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Reply #7 posted 01/05/19 10:13am

lust

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billymeade said:

This is a photo from my 1993 NPG Catalog - the symbol is called "Love Symbol" here. That's the oldest reference I have on hand.


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Thank you. That clears is up, the name came from in-house originally.

I’ve always verbalised it as “Symbol” or “The Symbol album”
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Reply #8 posted 01/05/19 11:27am

luvsexy4all

Androgynine....wheres that album

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Reply #9 posted 01/06/19 7:11am

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If you take a look at the flipside of the Peach /My Name is Prince 45" single you will see that it´s called "Love Symbol" there. It says "From the Love Symbol album".

That is , as far as I know, the closest thing to an "official" statement regarding the album´s title.

But years ago some people here corrected me and told me that that was a decision made by WEA Germany and not to be taken too seriously, so what do I know?

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Reply #10 posted 01/06/19 2:59pm

TrevorAyer

The glyph is intended to be a “sex” symbol obvioisly .. prince wanted to be known as “the sex symbol” ... the “love” symbol is the tame version after selling dnp to grammas everywhere they had to tame their rhetoric to keep that gramma money coming in
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Reply #11 posted 01/06/19 6:19pm

coldasice

The title has no pronunciation. That’s why he chose it as his name
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Reply #12 posted 01/06/19 7:23pm

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lust said:

billymeade said:

This is a photo from my 1993 NPG Catalog - the symbol is called "Love Symbol" here. That's the oldest reference I have on hand.

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Thank you. That clears is up, the name came from in-house originally. I’ve always verbalised it as “Symbol” or “The Symbol album”

I had that catalog... it's also called the Love Symbol in the comic book.

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Reply #13 posted 01/07/19 1:09am

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TrcikyChristopher said:

lust said:

billymeade said: Thank you. That clears is up, the name came from in-house originally. I’ve always verbalised it as “Symbol” or “The Symbol album”

I had that catalog... it's also called the Love Symbol in the comic book.

Interesting. Not sure whether Prince had cared to personally approve this catalogue and the comic, but I'm not aware of any case where he personally pronounced the symbol.

Clearly, from the very beginning, "Love Symbol" was commonly accepted as the pronunciation, but I could never figure out whether this originally came from Paisley Park's PR department, WB's PR department, or the media. Clearly, someone had to make that up back before PP issued the prince font on a floppy disc, but I don't think Prince was personally behind it. At best, he tolerated it.

So, given that Prince never said anything about the title (that I know of) but later made a point that the symbol had no spelling or pronunciation whatsoever when he made it his name, I consider "Love Symbol" to be inaccurate. Given that Windows does not allow the character ">" in folder titles, I simply titled it "Symbol" on my drive since, after all, it is a symbol. When I have to type it elsewhere, I just type O ( + > (without spaces between characters, but if I do it here, you'll see the symbol appear because the Org is that cool)

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Reply #14 posted 01/07/19 2:51am

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Record stores at the time would usually list it on the shelves as 'Love Symbol' and rarely 'Androgynous'.

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databank said:

Given that Windows does not allow the character ">" in folder titles, I simply titled it "Symbol" on my drive since, after all, it is a symbol. When I have to type it elsewhere, I just type O ( + >

I use O(+7 (with a seven for the >) in folder names. Not perfect, but close visually. smile

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Reply #15 posted 01/07/19 4:10am

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NouveauDance said:

Record stores at the time would usually list it on the shelves as 'Love Symbol' and rarely 'Androgynous'.

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databank said:

Given that Windows does not allow the character ">" in folder titles, I simply titled it "Symbol" on my drive since, after all, it is a symbol. When I have to type it elsewhere, I just type O ( + >

I use O(+7 (with a seven for the >) in folder names. Not perfect, but close visually. smile

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Reply #16 posted 01/07/19 5:26am

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Windows will accept other unicode characters as folder titles. Mine is titled 〇( ✛ >.

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Reply #17 posted 01/07/19 6:09am

iZsaZsa

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NouveauDance said:

I use O(+7 (with a seven for the >) in folder names. Not perfect, but close visually. smile

Smart!

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Reply #18 posted 01/07/19 11:56am

lust

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NouveauDance said:

Record stores at the time would usually list it on the shelves as 'Love Symbol' and rarely 'Androgynous'.


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databank said:


Given that Windows does not allow the character ">" in folder titles, I simply titled it "Symbol" on my drive since, after all, it is a symbol. When I have to type it elsewhere, I just type O ( + >



I use O(+7 (with a seven for the >) in folder names. Not perfect, but close visually. smile



Yeah, the Androgonous title rings a bell now. Not far off 30 years ago now. Blimey.
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