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Thread started 03/08/05 7:31am

jone70

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Prince vs. David Bowie

My co-workers & I are debating the merits and influence of Prince and David Bowie. We even found a website comparing Ziggy Stardust to Purple Rain:
http://www.5years.com/pur...ardust.htm

We were also discussing Bowie in drag compared to Prince's more feminine looking phases.

Finally, they think Prince waxes (b/c of the Lovesexy cover). I say "airbrushed."


Please share your opinions...

Thanks!! smile

ps. did they ever perform together?
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The check. The string he dropped. The Mona Lisa. The musical notes taken out of a hat. The glass. The toy shotgun painting. The things he found. Therefore, everything seen–every object, that is, plus the process of looking at it–is a Duchamp.
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Reply #1 posted 03/08/05 8:08am

Anxiety

i wrote that prince 'vs.' david bowie article. lol

i don't think it's among my best writing, but i had fun putting it together.

as someone who's a big fan of both, i'd never pit the two against each other in a battle of 'who's better' - i think they run parallel in a lot of ways, but they're also kinda apples & oranges, and they both scratch very unique musical itches.

i think what they have most in common is change - they're both constantly bucking their previous image or 'success' and moving forward with their ideas and projects. they both really dig on being innovative.

if you ask me who's 'better', i'll always say it's a toss-up, 50/50, right down the middle. there might be times when i'm in more of a bowie 'mode' than i am into prince, and vice versa, but when folks ask who my favorite recording artist is, i always say it's a tie between the two.
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Reply #2 posted 03/09/05 5:04am

blackboab

both brilliant artists...but i would say that , overall ,prince is the more talented.
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Reply #3 posted 03/09/05 5:20am

fartman

blackboab said:

both brilliant artists...but i would say that , overall ,prince is the more talented.



u mean WAY more talented
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Reply #4 posted 03/09/05 5:28am

ThaCat

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fartman said:

blackboab said:

both brilliant artists...but i would say that , overall ,prince is the more talented.



u mean WAY more talented


confused
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Reply #5 posted 03/09/05 5:29am

fartman

ThaCat said:

fartman said:




u mean WAY more talented


confused



sorry...WAAAYYYYY more talented
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Reply #6 posted 03/09/05 5:40am

ThaCat

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fartman said:

ThaCat said:



confused



sorry...WAAAYYYYY more talented



come on you say that like Bowie aint got nothing on Prince, which is Bull, you obviously not a fan of him, so how can you really say Prince has way more talent, Bowie like Prince has brought innovative albums that are so different from each other and also Bowie is the Chamelon of music..

for me i say they were both on the same level, or creative talent. Prince may be more talented due to the many instruments he can play. its pointless any way to argue who is better on a Prince Forum!!
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Reply #7 posted 03/09/05 7:49am

neronava

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ThaCat said:

fartman said:




sorry...WAAAYYYYY more talented



come on you say that like Bowie aint got nothing on Prince, which is Bull, you obviously not a fan of him, so how can you really say Prince has way more talent, Bowie like Prince has brought innovative albums that are so different from each other and also Bowie is the Chamelon of music..

for me i say they were both on the same level, or creative talent. Prince may be more talented due to the many instruments he can play. its pointless any way to argue who is better on a Prince Forum!!


I always thought the song "The Love We Make" from Emancipation was lifted, if not very similar to "candidate" from Diamond Dogs. Or atleast that beginning...
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Reply #8 posted 03/09/05 8:04am

fartman

ThaCat said:

fartman said:




sorry...WAAAYYYYY more talented



come on you say that like Bowie aint got nothing on Prince, which is Bull, you obviously not a fan of him, so how can you really say Prince has way more talent, Bowie like Prince has brought innovative albums that are so different from each other and also Bowie is the Chamelon of music..

for me i say they were both on the same level, or creative talent. Prince may be more talented due to the many instruments he can play. its pointless any way to argue who is better on a Prince Forum!!



sorry...wwwaaaaayyyyy more talented (II)
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Reply #9 posted 03/09/05 8:50am

Anxiety

fartman said:

ThaCat said:




come on you say that like Bowie aint got nothing on Prince, which is Bull, you obviously not a fan of him, so how can you really say Prince has way more talent, Bowie like Prince has brought innovative albums that are so different from each other and also Bowie is the Chamelon of music..

for me i say they were both on the same level, or creative talent. Prince may be more talented due to the many instruments he can play. its pointless any way to argue who is better on a Prince Forum!!



sorry...wwwaaaaayyyyy more talented (II)


don't hate. bowie can't help it he can play sax and prince can't. lol
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Reply #10 posted 03/09/05 9:00am

Neversin

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fartman said:

ThaCat said:




come on you say that like Bowie aint got nothing on Prince, which is Bull, you obviously not a fan of him, so how can you really say Prince has way more talent, Bowie like Prince has brought innovative albums that are so different from each other and also Bowie is the Chamelon of music..

for me i say they were both on the same level, or creative talent. Prince may be more talented due to the many instruments he can play. its pointless any way to argue who is better on a Prince Forum!!



sorry...wwwaaaaayyyyy more talented (II)

Music illiterate n00bs... How old are you 10?
It takes more talent to create new music styles like Bowie did than playing alot of instruments...

Neversin.
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Reply #11 posted 03/09/05 9:16am

HobbesLeCute

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These days, I actually prefer Bowie.

I just stay away from his internet communities because I feel that changed my perspective on Prince somewhat.
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Reply #12 posted 03/09/05 9:28am

Anxiety

HobbesLeCute said:

These days, I actually prefer Bowie.

I just stay away from his internet communities because I feel that changed my perspective on Prince somewhat.


you're not missing much. the bowie internet community seems like nice folks, but in my opinion it's not all that engaging. or at least there aren't as many flame wars, bizarre sexual fantasies, or cases of general wingnuttery.
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Reply #13 posted 03/11/05 4:32am

ThaCat

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Neversin said:

fartman said:




sorry...wwwaaaaayyyyy more talented (II)

Music illiterate n00bs... How old are you 10?
It takes more talent to create new music styles like Bowie did than playing alot of instruments...

Neversin.


hey if u had read my input i had mentioned the level of creative input Bowie had changed over years. hence him being called the Chameleon. anyway i cant play any instruments and i do think it takes a great degree of talent to play many instruments aswell as playing them good.,
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Reply #14 posted 03/11/05 4:57am

Krid

One thing is certain - David Bowie is way more cool than Prince, and comes across much more sophisticated.

And: Prince never wrote such a stylish song as Young Americans.
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Reply #15 posted 03/11/05 5:39am

fartman

Neversin said:

fartman said:




sorry...wwwaaaaayyyyy more talented (II)

Music illiterate n00bs... How old are you 10?
It takes more talent to create new music styles like Bowie did than playing alot of instruments...

Neversin.


sorry wwaaayyyyy more talented (III)
just 4 music xperts as neversin
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Reply #16 posted 03/11/05 5:46am

ThaCat

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fartman said:



sorry wwaaayyyyy more talented (III)
just 4 music xperts as neversin


face it you only say it cause you don't like him!!
you wouldnt think that other wise..

if you appriciated both you could not jump to a conclusion.,
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Reply #17 posted 03/11/05 6:03am

fartman

ThaCat said:

fartman said:



sorry wwaaayyyyy more talented (III)
just 4 music xperts as neversin


face it you only say it cause you don't like him!!
you wouldnt think that other wise..

if you appriciated both you could not jump to a conclusion.,



*FART*
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Reply #18 posted 03/11/05 8:24am

7salles

both are genious, but prince is cooler and wilder mad
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Reply #19 posted 03/11/05 9:08am

bellanoche

Prince's influence is undeniably far-reaching across musical genres, race, class, age and gender lines. Bowie's influence isn't as far-reaching.
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Reply #20 posted 03/11/05 10:11am

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Prince is obviously more talented as a musician (a player of instruments, that is), but I don't see Bowie releasing tunes like Poom Poom, Jughead, or including lines like "Give back the chains..." and on and on...

They're both great.
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Reply #21 posted 03/11/05 10:26am

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i always thought bowie was in part a model for prince as he was wearing eyeliner and 'feminine' clothing long before prince ever did. i mean come on, bowie was pushing the envelope back when prince was still day-dreaming about being in a band.

i think they're different but equally powerful in their own ways.
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Reply #22 posted 03/11/05 10:43am

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I don't like Bowie as an individual, but he is the superior in terms of sheer work; His catalog is better, but Prince is on his level and has many superior qualities.
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Reply #23 posted 03/11/05 3:21pm

fartman

what i like about bowie is when he plays that amazing solo on guitar at the end of "lets dance"...
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Reply #24 posted 03/11/05 3:27pm

Dewrede

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That was Stevie Ray Vaughan
(i didn't know either since DB's pretending he's playing
but i read it here a while ago , i googled it ,it's true)
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Reply #25 posted 03/11/05 4:10pm

whodknee

neronava said:

ThaCat said:




come on you say that like Bowie aint got nothing on Prince, which is Bull, you obviously not a fan of him, so how can you really say Prince has way more talent, Bowie like Prince has brought innovative albums that are so different from each other and also Bowie is the Chamelon of music..

for me i say they were both on the same level, or creative talent. Prince may be more talented due to the many instruments he can play. its pointless any way to argue who is better on a Prince Forum!!


I always thought the song "The Love We Make" from Emancipation was lifted, if not very similar to "candidate" from Diamond Dogs. Or atleast that beginning...



Oh, well that does it. Edge Bowie. smile
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Reply #26 posted 03/11/05 8:36pm

mrdespues

To answer part of the first question, YES, Prince and David Bowie once performed together at an aftershow. Ask Boris or Giotto for more info.
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Reply #27 posted 03/11/05 8:53pm

Xavier23

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"This is Ground Control to Major Tom, U've really made the grade and the papers want to know whose shirts u wear..." music David Bowie Rocks!!!! oh and that other guy is ok too.
"Americans consume the most fast food than any nation on Earth and the stupid motherfuckers wonder why they are so fat? " - Oprah Winfrey
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Reply #28 posted 03/11/05 11:52pm

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David Bowie is awesome

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"Make Love, Not War. Erotic City Come Alive." - the extended title of "Erotic City."
"Don't dance with the devil in the pale moonlight. The curious try and always die." - in the Batman album liner notes by Prince. prince
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Reply #29 posted 03/12/05 12:04am

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"Make Love, Not War. Erotic City Come Alive." - the extended title of "Erotic City."
"Don't dance with the devil in the pale moonlight. The curious try and always die." - in the Batman album liner notes by Prince. prince
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