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Thread started 03/19/09 5:59pm

PEJ

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Have you ever found yourself explaining Prince's name change to a non Prince fan?

Have you ever explained to someone why Prince changed his name to





and then back to Prince. How far did you go to explain it and were you legitimate or did you sugar coat it to not make him look like a freak for doing such a thing. I mean who on earth changes their name to an unpronouncable symbol?
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Reply #1 posted 03/19/09 6:02pm

Anxiety

i usually opt for the "he was messing with WB to prove a point" theory. lol
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Reply #2 posted 03/19/09 6:03pm

nurseV

Yes I have and it is a very bad predicament(spelling lol ) to be in-they eventually look at you like this eek and you give up falloff
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Reply #3 posted 03/19/09 6:18pm

wishuhvn

I use to do it all of the time when he said it was 4 "spiritual reasons." Once he said it was because of the contract, I pretty much stopped. He really let me down. The only people that really cared, were us, his fans and he lied to us...That was when things started to switch 4 me...Just watch the Oprah interview-just a flat out lie and 4 what???
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Reply #4 posted 03/19/09 6:18pm

PEJ

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nurseV said:

Yes I have and it is a very bad predicament(spelling lol ) to be in-they eventually look at you like this eek and you give up falloff





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Reply #5 posted 03/19/09 6:21pm

PEJ

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wishuhvn said:

I use to do it all of the time when he said it was 4 "spiritual reasons." Once he said it was because of the contract, I pretty much stopped. He really let me down. The only people that really cared, were us, his fans and he lied to us...That was when things started to switch 4 me...Just watch the Oprah interview-just a flat out lie and 4 what???



maybe at first it was for spiritual reasons but then why would he scribble slave across his face. either way at that time I don't think there was anybody that didn't know he changed his name.
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Reply #6 posted 03/19/09 6:25pm

wildgoldenhone
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Nope.
No one has asked.

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Reply #7 posted 03/19/09 6:25pm

xlr8r

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I explained it back then as a way to record what he wanted..an escape clause(sp?) so to speak
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Reply #8 posted 03/19/09 6:43pm

Dayclear

I don't explain shit to non Prince fans, they don't deserve to know.
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Reply #9 posted 03/19/09 6:45pm

xlr8r

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Dayclear said:

I don't explain shit to non Prince fans, they don't deserve to know.



this is true
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Reply #10 posted 03/19/09 6:51pm

EmeraldSkies

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hmph! but that's just because I was kinda out of the loop when that was all going on. lol
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Reply #11 posted 03/19/09 6:53pm

nurseV

EmeraldSkies said:

hmph! but that's just because I was kinda out of the loop when that was all going on. lol



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Reply #12 posted 03/19/09 7:39pm

veronikka

nope, I don't even know that they know he had the symbol as his name?
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Reply #13 posted 03/19/09 7:51pm

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Anxiety said:

i usually opt for the "he was messing with WB to prove a point" theory. lol


That's my story and I stcking to it! cool
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Reply #14 posted 03/19/09 7:58pm

pplrain

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No, I don't venture to explain Prince to a non-fan, they either get him or they don't.
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Reply #15 posted 03/19/09 8:49pm

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Yes - I love being asked this, especially if they still call him TAFKAP.

I explain, as I see it, as Prince doing what he could to sidestep around what he saw was an unfair legal arrangement with Warner Brother's that restricted his trade. By changing his name to the Prince Symbol (which I love to say as Principle - and yes I know that's a stretch razz) he was able to release work as it wasn't from "Prince".

Did it work - yes and no. Do they get it, for the most part yes.

Oh and on a humorous side note - one radio station here started to call him DAVE-O as a way of dealing with it rather than prince or TAFKAP. It was pretty funny at the time.

Swa
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Reply #16 posted 03/19/09 9:21pm

PaisleyPark508
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that and the "why did he have slave written on his cheek" question, keeps me busy.
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Reply #17 posted 03/19/09 9:37pm

xlr8r

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"he was goin thru some shit, okay?!"
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Reply #18 posted 03/19/09 10:10pm

amorbella

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xlr8r said:

"he was goin thru some shit, okay?!"

word.....
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U open up ur eyes and come 2 realize
u simply imagined this
So u lean over and give her a kiss
Here on earth, here on earth,
with u it's not so bad
Here on earth, here on earth
eye don't feel so sad
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Reply #19 posted 03/19/09 10:31pm

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Reply #20 posted 03/20/09 6:33am

Phantastique

I tell folks that it really was for spiritual reasons, as part of his evolution. Regarding the change back to "Prince," I say that as he was getting more into the JWs, his understanding shifted, and whether spured by them or not, he felt the need to change back to his birth name.

I think him saying it had anything to do with the WB contract was the lie. I think he just did not want to be seen as backsliding on his previously held perceptions of his own spiritual evolution.
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Reply #21 posted 03/20/09 8:58am

novabrkr

Well, Warner Bros. owned the rights to the "Prince" -trademark until 1999...
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Reply #22 posted 03/20/09 9:14am

purplecam

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I have and when I tell them, they go "Wow" or "Damn". What surprises me is how many of them already know the story or know a lot about the story. Just about all of them have told me that they respect Prince for doing what he did.
I'm not a fan of "old Prince". I'm not a fan of "new Prince". I'm just a fan of Prince. Simple as that
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Reply #23 posted 03/20/09 9:16am

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Dayclear said:

I don't explain shit to non Prince fans, they don't deserve to know.

I like your way of thinking. cool
I'm not a fan of "old Prince". I'm not a fan of "new Prince". I'm just a fan of Prince. Simple as that
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Reply #24 posted 03/20/09 9:19am

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purplecam said:

Dayclear said:

I don't explain shit to non Prince fans, they don't deserve to know.

I like your way of thinking. cool


It's just like talking to a brick wall when explaining. Loads think he's still called The Symbol or TAFKAP. I give up in the end telling people. lol
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Reply #25 posted 03/20/09 9:36am

Rev

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Anxiety said:

i usually opt for the "he was messing with WB to prove a point" theory. lol



That's how I start. If they ask more they get more.
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Reply #26 posted 03/20/09 11:42am

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Dayclear said:

I don't explain shit to non Prince fans, they don't deserve to know.


I think that I should go with that.

I often find myself explaining the fact that he changed his name back. Whenever I tell people that I am a Prince fan, at least 7 out of 10 of them say "dont you mean you are a fan of the symbol." I then have to tell people that he has changed his name back. I have had to explain this to my dad (who is a moderate Prince fan) about 5 times.
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Reply #27 posted 03/20/09 2:25pm

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I've explained it quite a bit.

I would basically say that Prince wanted to make the music that he was inspired to make. This relationship somehow fell out of the guidelines expected from the record companies so Prince changed his name to this..."Love Symbol," so that Prince could be in charge of his own material.
The name "Prince," couldn't be forced to keep contracts Prince didn't agree with artistically. cool

Wordy...but I hope it made sense. cool
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Reply #28 posted 03/20/09 2:26pm

Tame

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PEJ said:

Have you ever explained to someone why Prince changed his name to





and then back to Prince. How far did you go to explain it and were you legitimate or did you sugar coat it to not make him look like a freak for doing such a thing. I mean who on earth changes their name to an unpronouncable symbol?



Pretty picture. cool
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Reply #29 posted 03/20/09 3:09pm

luvsexy4all

I still find it somewhat troublesome that he went back to "Prince"....supoosedly because WB was withholding $$ from Prince and he was not legally .Prince anymore -----so he had to become Prince again. true or not ---it did go against the philosophy of the "name"
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