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Thread started 04/15/09 4:57pm

bigbrother

Colonised Mind

Is it just me or is this song one of the best things he has recorded in the last twenty years? It's got that rare combination of cool guitar, a memorable melody and chorus/refrain, thought-provoking lyrics focusing on the wider world and it builds to a powerful crescendo. Although many have said they find the lyrics a bit hypocritical at least he seems to have crafted a meaningful SONG as opposed to a cool groove that he just jams on and apparently improvises some lyrics (Bria anybody?).

It's a bit of an updated 'Sign O' The Times', only slightly more judgemental and shows Prince to be quite an articulate guy.

Btw who's playing drums on 'Colonised Mind,'Wall of Berlin' and 'Dreamer'?
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Reply #1 posted 04/15/09 4:58pm

SupaFunkyOrgan
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Love this song.
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Reply #2 posted 04/15/09 5:01pm

Accujack

bigbrother said:

Is it just me or is this song one of the best things he has recorded in the last twenty years? It's got that rare combination of cool guitar, a memorable melody and chorus/refrain, thought-provoking lyrics focusing on the wider world and it builds to a powerful crescendo. Although many have said they find the lyrics a bit hypocritical at least he seems to have crafted a meaningful SONG as opposed to a cool groove that he just jams on and apparently improvises some lyrics (Bria anybody?).

It's a bit of an updated 'Sign O' The Times', only slightly more judgemental and shows Prince to be quite an articulate guy.

Btw who's playing drums on 'Colonised Mind,'Wall of Berlin' and 'Dreamer'?


No, it's shit just like everything he's done since Lovesexy.

lol Just kidding, I love it. I wanted to know how it felt to be a "hater" for a minute there.

I think Cora is on drums on Colonized Mind and Dreamer. Not sure about Wall of Berlin without out checking the credits.
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Reply #3 posted 04/15/09 5:15pm

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bigbrother, when U say it is "Sign 'o' the times," I honestly believe it is the sign of "Now!."

This is a fantastic intellectual song that addresses the FACT that we are fed information that we can either use wisely or take for granted.
The only wise choice we really have...(Wyz) if you are up 2 par....Is 2 make a positive difference in our own lives and touching the world as far as we can from our circle of relationships.

With, "Colonized Mind." Prince has been a teacher...A guide...I pray that the wisdom of this song sinks into the hearts' and minds' of every listener, because it is time 4 the world to gel with these principles for the sake of "World Love," and Universal Happiness. cool
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Reply #4 posted 04/15/09 8:30pm

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Tame said:

bigbrother, when U say it is "Sign 'o' the times," I honestly believe it is the sign of "Now!."

This is a fantastic intellectual song that addresses the FACT that we are fed information that we can either use wisely or take for granted.
The only wise choice we really have...(Wyz) if you are up 2 par....Is 2 make a positive difference in our own lives and touching the world as far as we can from our circle of relationships.

With, "Colonized Mind." Prince has been a teacher...A guide...I pray that the wisdom of this song sinks into the hearts' and minds' of every listener, because it is time 4 the world to gel with these principles for the sake of "World Love," and Universal Happiness. cool


You're so right, Tame. I hope this gets air time. It just might on the community and social conscienous free radio.
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Reply #5 posted 04/15/09 11:51pm

stanleylieber

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i like this song.
it's time for a new direction / it's time for jazz to die
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Reply #6 posted 04/15/09 11:53pm

Imago

Great songs. He hit all the right marks for me.
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Reply #7 posted 04/16/09 12:07am

PEJ

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I really like how the crescendo builds and the style and sound of his voice. The drums sound very CC style.
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Reply #8 posted 04/16/09 12:17am

japanrocks

I like Colonized Mind much better. smile
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Reply #9 posted 04/16/09 12:29am

stanleylieber

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japanrocks said:

I like Colonized Mind much better. smile


correct spelling is only essential when one is writing a negative review of prince's album for pitchfork.com. at all other times, spelling is but a trifling annoyance.
it's time for a new direction / it's time for jazz to die
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Reply #10 posted 04/16/09 1:22am

japanrocks

yeah....it is esp. funny when the spelling error comes in the form of a thread topic though
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Reply #11 posted 04/16/09 3:06am

Dayclear

It's deep, I like 'deep Prince' smile
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Reply #12 posted 04/16/09 4:51am

garganta

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the guitar job is glorious, i love it
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Reply #13 posted 04/16/09 5:02am

npggirl77

bigbrother said:

Is it just me or is this song one of the best things he has recorded in the last twenty years? It's got that rare combination of cool guitar, a memorable melody and chorus/refrain, thought-provoking lyrics focusing on the wider world and it builds to a powerful crescendo. Although many have said they find the lyrics a bit hypocritical at least he seems to have crafted a meaningful SONG as opposed to a cool groove that he just jams on and apparently improvises some lyrics (Bria anybody?).

It's a bit of an updated 'Sign O' The Times', only slightly more judgemental and shows Prince to be quite an articulate guy.

Btw who's playing drums on 'Colonised Mind,'Wall of Berlin' and 'Dreamer'?



I LOVE this song!! It is one of his best ever. It is easily one of my favorites. However, with Prince music I have about 100 favorites...sooooo. lol
-you ain't funky at all, you just a little ol' prude!
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Reply #14 posted 04/16/09 5:54am

Close2u

This is one of the best!!
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Reply #15 posted 04/16/09 6:17am

spiritandtruth

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Fantastic song!

From Colonized Mind:

Upload, the 2 party system
The lesser of 2 dangers,
Illusion of choice

Download, their form of fascism
Nothing really ever changes
You never had a voice

Listen to me one time :

If you look, you’re sure gonna find
Throughout mankind’s history
A Colonized Mind

The one in power makes law
Under which the colonized fall
Without God, it’s just the blind leading the blind

I appreciate the message here: Man has the inability to rule man. Human governments have and always will fail.
http://prince.org/msg/105/307615
"Eternity is just one kiss away"
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Reply #16 posted 04/16/09 6:18am

Accujack

bigbrother said:

Btw who's playing drums on 'Colonised Mind,'Wall of Berlin' and 'Dreamer'?


According to the credits on the site, Michael B. plays drums on Colonized Mind and Wall of Berlin.
Cora on Dreamer.
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Reply #17 posted 04/16/09 6:54am

prijsbeestje

its' my favorite song from the first moment.this is real pearl .
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Reply #18 posted 04/16/09 7:17am

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Love it! Love it! Love it!
I place no other on Lotus above it!!

lol
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Reply #19 posted 04/16/09 7:39am

jpav

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I think this is one of those songs that, years after P. is gone, will be recognized as one of his best of his post WB music. The melody, the lyrics, the solos. Plus, unlike much of his recent stuff, it actually has a great chorus.

I also love the fact that it, maybe more than any other officially released song, SOUNDS like an aftershow. It has a really cool effect on the vocal. The live band feel, the tone of his guitar...

Awesome.
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Reply #20 posted 04/16/09 8:01am

nurseV

Love it biggrin
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Reply #21 posted 04/16/09 9:50am

Darwintheorgan
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I think it is the worst song Prince has ever done. In my opinion, he is the greatest musician of all time. That doesn't give him the privilege to "educate" people by making statements about science that are just plain ignorant or making statements about politics that show a lack of understanding.

Prince, please stick to music and stay away from politics or (especially) science. There is nothing thought provoking about it; it is just plain silly!
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Reply #22 posted 04/16/09 10:29am

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Darwintheorgangrinder said:

I think it is the worst song Prince has ever done. In my opinion, he is the greatest musician of all time. That doesn't give him the privilege to "educate" people by making statements about science that are just plain ignorant or making statements about politics that show a lack of understanding.

Prince, please stick to music and stay away from politics or (especially) science. There is nothing thought provoking about it; it is just plain silly!


I agree the lyrics are ignorant nonsense and its scary that many are congratulating them.

Sonically and melody wise its one of the better songs on his new albums though IMO.
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Reply #23 posted 04/16/09 11:29am

ernestsewell

It's just you.
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Reply #24 posted 04/16/09 11:30am

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EYE LUV IT, EYE LUV IT, EYE LUV IT!!!!! TOATAL HIT!!!!headbang
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Reply #25 posted 04/16/09 11:39am

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Fantastic song. It was great seeing him do it live in concert too. music
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Reply #26 posted 04/16/09 1:45pm

bigbrother

Just to let you know that colonisedis considered correct on the other side of the pond, although I concede that since Prince is American I'm duty-bound to spell it his way as it appears on the album!
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Reply #27 posted 04/16/09 6:43pm

NONSENSE

I love this one very much.
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Reply #28 posted 04/16/09 7:12pm

nosajd

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great song, mellow & funky & love the guitar work
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Reply #29 posted 04/16/09 7:49pm

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SupaFunkyOrgangrinderSexy said:

Love this song.


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