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Thread started 04/28/08 8:05am

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Prince playing creep a piss take?

Do you think prince covering radioheads creep was a tribute to or a piss take out of the band? I often wondered if prince had heard of radiohead and listened to there music as their album ok computer is always being voted the greatest of all time in the english music magazine polls. Its just a shame I cant hear his version of it. sad
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Reply #1 posted 04/28/08 8:10am

syble

I guess we'll never know, it was a clever move if you ask me, guaranteed to please the fans there and yet prove that hes in a class of his own and can make/do any genre of music.

It could be construed as a smart snipe at their earlier comments about him and his crew and maybe a backhanded compliment. It could also have been a way to apease them, how can they bad mouth him if he covers their music?

all that said - it was topical and unprecedented. Much what you expect from prince really - thankfully. biggrin
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Reply #2 posted 04/28/08 8:11am

Anxiety

i don't think it was a piss take. i do think prince kinda made it his own (as he always does), rather than trying to capture the self-deprecating, emo-ish energy of the song. it's kind of a weird choice for prince, considering he wrote "cream", which is lyrically kind of the polar opposite of "creep". lol
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Reply #3 posted 04/28/08 8:18am

emesem

I dont think prince would stoop to that level. It's an amazing song and I wish I could have witnessed it. After years of hearing prince name check cheesy R&B, it been refreshing to see he still has an ear for good old Pop/Rock and lately with Creep and Best of You not afraid of more "masculine" rock as opposed to the past covers of Osbourne, Crow and Shania Twain etc.
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Reply #4 posted 04/28/08 8:24am

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syble said:

guaranteed to please the fans there


I think it is as simple as that; Creep, even though not often played by Radiohead themselves, is still an alternative rock staple, Radiohead very much a festival band.
I think Prince wanted to build a simple bridge between him and an audience that would be mixed; meaning it was not an audience that came for him especially.
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Reply #5 posted 04/28/08 8:25am

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A pisstake? That is really not Prince's style.

To DJ a song, tongue in cheek is one thing, to learn a song with a band for live performance is another.


emesem said:

After years of hearing prince name check cheesy R&B, it been refreshing to see he still has an ear for good old Pop/Rock

Even if it is 15 years old. wink


I agree with HamsterHuey, it was a calculated choice - but that doesn't particularly lessen it's performance. smile


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Reply #6 posted 04/28/08 8:26am

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I really like what he did with the song - even though I wasn't sure that I would. I posted this in another thread but:

Below are the lyrics I was able to decipher from what he was singing.
Please augment or add corrections if you have em. Thanks.

When I was here before
couldn't look you in the eye
it's just like an angel
skin makes you cry

you float like a feather
this beautiful world
you wish you were special
so do I

but you're a..(?).
you're a liar
what are you doin here?
you don't belong here

you don't really care
you just want to have control
you want a perfect body
you want a perfect soul
you want me to notice
yes you do
when you're not around

I wish you were special
yes I do
Cause I think you're special

Maybe I'm just a...
who to say, maybe we're the liars?
what are we doin here?
we don't belong here

(Falsetto)
shoo da da doo
sho wa hoo hoo
sho hoo hoo hoa
sho hoo hoa hoo

(kick ass guitar solo)
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Reply #7 posted 04/28/08 8:29am

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HamsterHuey said:

syble said:

guaranteed to please the fans there


I think it is as simple as that; Creep, even though not often played by Radiohead themselves, is still an alternative rock staple, Radiohead very much a festival band.
I think Prince wanted to build a simple bridge between him and an audience that would be mixed; meaning it was not an audience that came for him especially.

Well said. The performance of that one song was one of the smartest things he's done in a while and the best he did for that whole concert. When Prince wants to make a smart decision he does. I just wish he'd do it more often. Aside from that, it was the right song for him to sing for where he was and it was very well received.
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Reply #8 posted 04/28/08 8:30am

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Anxiety said:

i don't think it was a piss take. i do think prince kinda made it his own (as he always does), rather than trying to capture the self-deprecating, emo-ish energy of the song. it's kind of a weird choice for prince, considering he wrote "cream", which is lyrically kind of the polar opposite of "creep". lol


If that's what Radiohead music sounds like, I haven't missed anything.
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Reply #9 posted 04/28/08 8:31am

emesem

ehh...would have been better if he'd just do things straight up.


simm0061 said:

I really like what he did with the song - even though I wasn't sure that I would. I posted this in another thread but:

Below are the lyrics I was able to decipher from what he was singing.
Please augment or add corrections if you have em. Thanks.

(I didn't hear the very begining)...

couldn't look you in the eye
it's just like an angel
skin makes you cry

you float like a feather
this beautiful world
you wish you were special
so do I

but you're a..(?).
you're a liar
what are you doin here?
you don't belong here

you don't really care
you just want to have control
you want a perfect body
you want a perfect soul
you want me to notice
yes you do
when your not around

I wish you were special
yes I do
Cause I think you're special

Maybe I'm just a...
who to say Maybe were the liars?
what are we doin here?
we don't belong here?

(Falsetto)
shoo da da doo
sho wa hoo hoo
sho hoo hoo hoa
sho hoo hoa hoo

(kick ass guitar solo)
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Reply #10 posted 04/28/08 8:33am

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NouveauDance said:

A pisstake? That is really not Prince's style.

To DJ a song, tongue in cheek is one thing, to learn a song with a band for live performance is another.



I agree. Prince has more class than that. He wouldn't take the piss out of someone by playing THEIR song so well!. He just took it to a different level. It was an accolade if anything.
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Reply #11 posted 04/28/08 8:37am

HamsterHuey

RodeoSchro said:

Anxiety said:

i don't think it was a piss take. i do think prince kinda made it his own (as he always does), rather than trying to capture the self-deprecating, emo-ish energy of the song. it's kind of a weird choice for prince, considering he wrote "cream", which is lyrically kind of the polar opposite of "creep". lol


If that's what Radiohead music sounds like, I haven't missed anything.


It doesn't. Prince's version sounds an awful lot like Purple Rain, I must admit. Radiohead's music is as diverse as Prince's, yet indeed, on the polar opposite.

I must admit, that where Prince most often makes music that makes me wanna dance, Radiohead is capable of making me cry. In a good way, mind.
And transfixed. Their albums after OK Computer are as brilliant, if not even more so. Less guitar, more soundscape. To me, without losing any of their credibility. If possible, I like some of Radiohead's tunes more than any of Prince's.
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Reply #12 posted 04/28/08 8:38am

Anxiety

RodeoSchro said:

Anxiety said:

i don't think it was a piss take. i do think prince kinda made it his own (as he always does), rather than trying to capture the self-deprecating, emo-ish energy of the song. it's kind of a weird choice for prince, considering he wrote "cream", which is lyrically kind of the polar opposite of "creep". lol


If that's what Radiohead music sounds like, I haven't missed anything.


actually, no, it's what prince's version of radiohead's music sounds like.

and actually, yes, you are missing something if you haven't listened to them. smile
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Reply #13 posted 04/28/08 8:39am

HamsterHuey

Anxiety said:

RodeoSchro said:



If that's what Radiohead music sounds like, I haven't missed anything.


actually, no, it's what prince's version of radiohead's music sounds like.


Heh. Well said.
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Reply #14 posted 04/28/08 8:52am

syble

HamsterHuey said:

syble said:

guaranteed to please the fans there


I think it is as simple as that; Creep, even though not often played by Radiohead themselves, is still an alternative rock staple, Radiohead very much a festival band.
I think Prince wanted to build a simple bridge between him and an audience that would be mixed; meaning it was not an audience that came for him especially.



yep!! very shrewd and well received, he knows how to play a crowd.

Afterall he is a showman, Prince interacts with his audience and seems to feed off thm as they feed off him. Its a two way street. He musta learnt that way back at the stones gig. Its hard to play a crowd who arent into you or your music and he had no way of knowing how many Prince fans would be there compared to other groups of fans. I found it gratifying to see the youtube clips some people took showing the crowd ALL joining in and waving or clapping along. The girls worked the crowd too and made it a big party - excellent stuff!! Wish I was there to see it!.
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Reply #15 posted 04/28/08 9:13am

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simm0061 said:

I really like what he did with the song - even though I wasn't sure that I would. I posted this in another thread but:

Below are the lyrics I was able to decipher from what he was singing.
Please augment or add corrections
couldn't look you in the eye
if you have em. Thanks.

(I didn't hear the very begining)...
it's just like an angel
skin makes you cry

you float like a feather
this beautiful world
you wish you were special
so do I


Not to nitpick, because I think this cover is glorious, but I think P might fumble a little and says "you
float like an angel" then again "you float like a feather".

He says float twice? Not that it really matters. There are people dying in Iraq everyday, so it's really not important if Prince says float twice, but, just sayin...
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Reply #16 posted 04/28/08 9:28am

Riverpoet31

Personally i have my doubts if Prince really likes to play songs like Creep and Angel (the Sarah McLachlan cover).
I mean, apart from him liking the UK indie-band The Sundays (something he said in an interview in the late eighties), i have never saw any real interest by him for the indie / alternative rockartists.

To me it appears like he asked some people (bandmembers? his management?) for advice about songs that will do 'good' with the alternative rock / festival crowd, and he choose this two out of the ones mentioned.
It all appears to me as a calculated move to 'please'.

I cannot look inside his head, for sure, but i really think Prince had rather played a Hendrix-cover or some Sly Stone-medley then these two songs.

But, hey i could be wrong...
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Reply #17 posted 04/28/08 9:33am

Anxiety

Riverpoet31 said:

Personally i have my doubts if Prince really likes to play songs like Creep and Angel (the Sarah McLachlan cover).
I mean, apart from him liking the UK indie-band The Sundays (something he said in an interview in the late eighties), i have never saw any real interest by him for the indie / alternative rockartists.

To me it appears like he asked some people (bandmembers? his management?) for advice about songs that will do 'good' with the alternative rock / festival crowd, and he choose this two out of the ones mentioned.
It all appears to me as a calculated move to 'please'.

I cannot look inside his head, for sure, but i really think Prince had rather played a Hendrix-cover or some Sly Stone-medley then these two songs.

But, hey i could be wrong...


he's also said in years past that he enjoys bjork and cocteau twins. plus, it's no secret that he's an admirer of kate bush.

i wouldn't doubt that his choice of performing a radiohead song was strategic for the benefit of the coachella audience, but why "creep"? the foo fighters song seemed like a more logical choice, as it was a bit more current. "creep" is so not-prince in terms of its lyrics, not to mention there are radiohead songs much more suited to his style of playing. i'd love to have heard him tackling "just", for example. not that i'm complaining. it's pretty amazing to hear prince cover ANYTHING by radiohead. it just seemed like a really random choice, kinda like when he covered that cars song during 7/7/07 last year.
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Reply #18 posted 04/28/08 9:36am

ludwig

I have listened to his version now a few times and I really like it. I'm a big radiohead fan also and like prince's take on this song very much.
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Reply #19 posted 04/28/08 9:38am

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Prince was giving Radiohead props a few years ago on the NPGMC site.
"He's a musician's musician..."
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Reply #20 posted 04/28/08 9:46am

Riverpoet31

Did he say he liked Bjork? I know he mentioned the Cocteau twins ones or twice, but to my memory he mostly gives up high about Nu-soul / R&B artists like Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Common and Alica Keys.

I mean: personally i thought he would enjoy what cross-over artists were doing in the 90's (Living Colour, Fishbone, Urban Dance Squad, King's X) or that he was interested in what artists like Beck, The White Stripes or Daft Punk (and also Bjork) are doing. But i never heard him mention those type of artists.

I agree with you that Creep isnt the most obvious song for him to play: rhythem and riff-wise. Its too wooden and 'english' for his style of playing i think.
I mean, most of the time when he plays covers of white rockbands, he seems to choose songs with more soul, funk and/or groove in the riffs (Come together, Whole lotta love, Rock lobster).
Creep has that kind of 'britishness' (like songs from Elbow and Snow Patrol also have) that just doesnt seem 'right' when an american artist (especially one with soul/funk origins) tries that kind of stuff (no offend here)

Maybe he should have played 'My Iron lung' instead, with all those cascading guitarbreaks... lol
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Reply #21 posted 04/28/08 9:53am

Anxiety

Riverpoet31 said:

Did he say he liked Bjork? I know he mentioned the Cocteau twins ones or twice, but to my memory he mostly gives up high about Nu-soul / R&B artists like Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Common and Alica Keys.

I mean: personally i thought he would enjoy what cross-over artists were doing in the 90's (Living Colour, Fishbone, Urban Dance Squad, King's X) or that he was interested in what artists like Beck, The White Stripes or Daft Punk (and also Bjork) are doing. But i never heard him mention those type of artists.

I agree with you that Creep isnt the most obvious song for him to play: rhythem and riff-wise. Its too wooden and 'english' for his style of playing i think.
I mean, most of the time when he plays covers of white rockbands, he seems to choose songs with more soul, funk and/or groove in the riffs (Come together, Whole lotta love, Rock lobster).
Creep has that kind of 'britishness' (like songs from Elbow and Snow Patrol also have) that just doesnt seem 'right' when an american artist (especially one with soul/funk origins) tries that kind of stuff (no offend here)

Maybe he should have played 'My Iron lung' instead, with all those cascading guitarbreaks... lol
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he mentioned at least once in the '90s (maybe around the time of RAVE?) that he enjoyed bjork's music and would like to work with her. nod

it makes sense - he seems to dig a lot of female singer-songwriters...joan osbourne, ani defranco, sarah maclachlan, kate bush, etc.

and i don't think you intend any disrespect at all, but i disagree with you about the "woodenness" of "creep" - if anything, to me it sounds a bit too loose, like a lot of the music that was popular during the time grunge was popular. i can easily hear nirvana covering "creep". i've heard radiohead has all but disowned that song, by the way. they won't play it live anymore.
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Reply #22 posted 04/28/08 9:55am

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Anxiety said:

Riverpoet31 said:

Personally i have my doubts if Prince really likes to play songs like Creep and Angel (the Sarah McLachlan cover).
I mean, apart from him liking the UK indie-band The Sundays (something he said in an interview in the late eighties), i have never saw any real interest by him for the indie / alternative rockartists.

To me it appears like he asked some people (bandmembers? his management?) for advice about songs that will do 'good' with the alternative rock / festival crowd, and he choose this two out of the ones mentioned.
It all appears to me as a calculated move to 'please'.

I cannot look inside his head, for sure, but i really think Prince had rather played a Hendrix-cover or some Sly Stone-medley then these two songs.

But, hey i could be wrong...


he's also said in years past that he enjoys bjork and cocteau twins. plus, it's no secret that he's an admirer of kate bush.

i wouldn't doubt that his choice of performing a radiohead song was strategic for the benefit of the coachella audience, but why "creep"? the foo fighters song seemed like a more logical choice, as it was a bit more current. "creep" is so not-prince in terms of its lyrics, not to mention there are radiohead songs much more suited to his style of playing. i'd love to have heard him tackling "just", for example. not that i'm complaining. it's pretty amazing to hear prince cover ANYTHING by radiohead. it just seemed like a really random choice, kinda like when he covered that cars song during 7/7/07 last year.


Don't forget the fact that Foo Fighters had recently had a minor radio hit with their cover of "Darling Nikki" in the year leading up to the Superbowl performance.

There was a big rumor this year that Radiohead might play Coachella because of their new album (and all the crazy publicity surrounding the release of In Rainbows), so I would have to say it was a little bit tongue-in-cheek for P to play "Creep." Kind of like saying...well since I'M preforming, you can get a little bit of what you wanted (Radiohead) and MORE! (ME!)

Regardless, I still think it's an homage, since obviously P had the last laugh (get paid tons of money and receiving tons of publicity as a last minute addition to the festival).

He also doesn't really seem to be one to "take the piss" in public most of the times. It might be rumored, but he is never one to make huge public statements, I like to think he's a little classier than that razz
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Reply #23 posted 04/28/08 10:01am

Anxiety

i kinda see the radiohead cover as a graceful acknowledgment to the coachella crowd. kinda like, "i know you folks would blow a gasket if radiohead were up here right now, but here you are blowing a gasket to me right now instead, and i appreciate that." - kind of a small acknowledgement to the cross-appeal that he's enjoyed throughout his career.
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Reply #24 posted 04/28/08 10:02am

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simm0061 said:

NouveauDance said:

A pisstake? That is really not Prince's style.

To DJ a song, tongue in cheek is one thing, to learn a song with a band for live performance is another.



I agree. Prince has more class than that. He wouldn't take the piss out of someone by playing THEIR song so well!. He just took it to a different level. It was an accolade if anything.


AGREED!! and what a level I fell of my chair ...the man's got talent, he's taken the best they have ever done and made a great cover I think Radiohead guy's are going on web to check it out cool
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Reply #25 posted 04/28/08 10:19am

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About Prince never taking the piss out of anybody, i must say that i dont agree with everyone here.

I have heard Prince dissing overweight women on a regular base, he has made some remarks about people lacking (his kind of) 'style', 'punks', people without a job, to name a few.

I know, those remarks were often made during songs that were meant to be humorous, but nonetheless, sometimes i could really sense the vileness or misplaced arrogance underneath.

I mean, he is no angel.

When it to comes to dissing other artists i remember remarks he made in 1987, when U2 won the grammy of the year with The Joshua Tree album.
He probably thought he should have won that award with Sign of the Times, that is his right, sure, but the remark he made was unproffesional, something like: I could easily play the music U2 makes... Likes he was saying: those music is so simple, i could play it easily myself.
The truth IMO is: he can't. I am no U2-fan. Technically he might be right, but the way music is played, the feelings put into it, the 'colour locale' rooted into it (Dublin vs Minneapolis) is just as, or maybe even more important then exactly what kind of notes are played.

To put it short, Prince might try to play all different kinds of music, but when it comes to covers, he usually doesn't succeed when it comes to genres he has no real affinity with: He screwed up the country-rock 'slur' of One of Us, he offers reggae on 'autopilot' on Blue Light, and to me, this Radiohead-cover sounded like a Vegas show-version of a type of (British) indie-rock that just isnt 'his thing'.
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Reply #26 posted 04/28/08 10:34am

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Riverpoet31 said:

About Prince never taking the piss out of anybody, i must say that i dont agree with everyone here.

I have heard Prince dissing overweight women on a regular base, he has made some remarks about people lacking (his kind of) 'style', 'punks', people without a job, to name a few.

I know, those remarks were often made during songs that were meant to be humorous, but nonetheless, sometimes i could really sense the vileness or misplaced arrogance underneath.

I mean, he is no angel.

When it to comes to dissing other artists i remember remarks he made in 1987, when U2 won the grammy of the year with The Joshua Tree album.
He probably thought he should have won that award with Sign of the Times, that is his right, sure, but the remark he made was unproffesional, something like: I could easily play the music U2 makes... Likes he was saying: those music is so simple, i could play it easily myself.
The truth IMO is: he can't. I am no U2-fan. Technically he might be right, but the way music is played, the feelings put into it, the 'colour locale' rooted into it (Dublin vs Minneapolis) is just as, or maybe even more important then exactly what kind of notes are played.

To put it short, Prince might try to play all different kinds of music, but when it comes to covers, he usually doesn't succeed when it comes to genres he has no real affinity with: He screwed up the country-rock 'slur' of One of Us, he offers reggae on 'autopilot' on Blue Light, and to me, this Radiohead-cover sounded like a Vegas show-version of a type of (British) indie-rock that just isnt 'his thing'.
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the only studio-recorded cover of his that i really enjoy is his version of joni mitchell's "case of u" from the ONA piano album. live, he can plug more energy and excitement into just about anything, no matter how unlikely. for example, i mentioned the cars cover he did last year...it was weird as hell to hear him do that song, but it worked for me. and "come together" was a great live moment as well. now and then he might try out a cover that doesn't quite work, but kudos to him for experimenting.

oh, but i DO agree that prince does get catty about other artists from time to time. i remember his less-than-flattering words for foo fighters when an interviewer asked him what he thought about their cover of "darling nikki"...i thought it all the more odd that he'd turn around and cover them at the superbowl. shrug
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Reply #27 posted 04/28/08 10:39am

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Riverpoet31 said:


To put it short, Prince might try to play all different kinds of music, but when it comes to covers, he usually doesn't succeed when it comes to genres he has no real affinity with: He screwed up the country-rock 'slur' of One of Us, he offers reggae on 'autopilot' on Blue Light, and to me, this Radiohead-cover sounded like a Vegas show-version of a type of (British) indie-rock that just isnt 'his thing'.
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Prince knows all about success and genres ask the people who's music he's covered that are still alive if they like the answer will always be "yes" because they known he does take covers lightly cool
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Reply #28 posted 04/28/08 10:48am

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Riverpoet31 said:

About Prince never taking the piss out of anybody, i must say that i dont agree with everyone here.

I have heard Prince dissing overweight women on a regular base, he has made some remarks about people lacking (his kind of) 'style', 'punks', people without a job, to name a few.

I know, those remarks were often made during songs that were meant to be humorous, but nonetheless, sometimes i could really sense the vileness or misplaced arrogance underneath.

I mean, he is no angel.

When it to comes to dissing other artists i remember remarks he made in 1987, when U2 won the grammy of the year with The Joshua Tree album.
He probably thought he should have won that award with Sign of the Times, that is his right, sure, but the remark he made was unproffesional, something like: I could easily play the music U2 makes... Likes he was saying: those music is so simple, i could play it easily myself.
The truth IMO is: he can't. I am no U2-fan. Technically he might be right, but the way music is played, the feelings put into it, the 'colour locale' rooted into it (Dublin vs Minneapolis) is just as, or maybe even more important then exactly what kind of notes are played.

To put it short, Prince might try to play all different kinds of music, but when it comes to covers, he usually doesn't succeed when it comes to genres he has no real affinity with: He screwed up the country-rock 'slur' of One of Us, he offers reggae on 'autopilot' on Blue Light, and to me, this Radiohead-cover sounded like a Vegas show-version of a type of (British) indie-rock that just isnt 'his thing'.
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Reply #29 posted 04/28/08 10:54am

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Riverpoet31 said:

About Prince never taking the piss out of anybody, i must say that i dont agree with everyone here.

I have heard Prince dissing overweight women on a regular base, he has made some remarks about people lacking (his kind of) 'style', 'punks', people without a job, to name a few.

I know, those remarks were often made during songs that were meant to be humorous, but nonetheless, sometimes i could really sense the vileness or misplaced arrogance underneath.

I mean, he is no angel.

When it to comes to dissing other artists i remember remarks he made in 1987, when U2 won the grammy of the year with The Joshua Tree album.
He probably thought he should have won that award with Sign of the Times, that is his right, sure, but the remark he made was unproffesional, something like: I could easily play the music U2 makes... Likes he was saying: those music is so simple, i could play it easily myself.
The truth IMO is: he can't. I am no U2-fan. Technically he might be right, but the way music is played, the feelings put into it, the 'colour locale' rooted into it (Dublin vs Minneapolis) is just as, or maybe even more important then exactly what kind of notes are played.

To put it short, Prince might try to play all different kinds of music, but when it comes to covers, he usually doesn't succeed when it comes to genres he has no real affinity with: He screwed up the country-rock 'slur' of One of Us, he offers reggae on 'autopilot' on Blue Light, and to me, this Radiohead-cover sounded like a Vegas show-version of a type of (British) indie-rock that just isnt 'his thing'.
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There are cover versions where he takes the song to another level and then there are coverversions that make me shake my head in disbelief. I really enjoyed his covers of One Of Us ( a superb version, and, IMO, much better than the original) , and I like his versions of La, la, la la means I love You, Betcha By Golly Wow, Just My Imagination and Sing a Simple Song but I hate Every day is a winding Road and other stuff. His version of Creep sounded good. At least he was singing the lead vocals himself.But ,all in all, I agree with you that that song wasn´t really something he´d usually do. Then again, that´s probably what made it special.
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