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Thread started 08/04/10 9:17am

alphastreet

What did you do when Prince "died" in 1995?

I remember reading in Word Up magazine that some DJ's on some US radio station said that he died or something like that, but the news spread and fans were calling in to ask where to send flowers and cards, but it turned out to be a joke and they apologized.

What was that all about? And how did you feel when it happened?

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Reply #1 posted 08/04/10 9:24am

Genesia

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Prince, himself, went around saying, "Prince is dead" in 1995.

I thought it was stupid.

We don’t mourn artists because we knew them. We mourn them because they helped us know ourselves.
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Reply #2 posted 08/04/10 9:39am

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I thought it was a bunch of bullshit and didn't believe it.

Fast forward to 2010 and I'm really not so sure about that anymore. confuse

Here's what bothers ME:

Prince died of an overdose of the drug Fentanyl. Of which, it is very highly fucking likely that he never even knew he'd taken.
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Reply #3 posted 08/04/10 9:41am

chocolate1

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It was 1993...


"Love Hurts.
Your lies, they cut me.
Now your words don't mean a thing.
I don't give a damn if you ever loved me..."

-Cher, "Woman's World"
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Reply #4 posted 08/04/10 9:45am

skywalker

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chocolate1 said:

It was 1993...

Ah, 35...so young.

"New Power slide...."
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Reply #5 posted 08/04/10 9:46am

alphastreet

I remember seeing an album in my Columbia House catalogue that also said Prince 1958-1993 but I knew he wasn't dead

and I remember music stations not writing his name down as Prince, it was a big WTF to me

Plus I would doodle the mj HIStory logo and prince symbol(and fail) in my notebooks that time, and remember someone calling him the symbol of shit

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Reply #6 posted 08/04/10 9:52am

ernestsewell

It was 1993 - 2000 that "Prince" was dead.

I knew he wasn't dead. I never got the fever for thinking he had truly passed away. The news would have been filled with it had that happened. I knew about the name change early on, and when I started seeing "Prince is dead" or whatever - I knew exactly what he was doing.

The only thing that died in Prince was his ability to take responsibility for his own failures, and to see reality clearly. Those things never really did resurrect like his moniker did.

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Reply #7 posted 08/04/10 9:57am

Genesia

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ernestsewell said:

It was 1993 - 2000 that "Prince" was dead.

I knew he wasn't dead. I never got the fever for thinking he had truly passed away. The news would have been filled with it had that happened. I knew about the name change early on, and when I started seeing "Prince is dead" or whatever - I knew exactly what he was doing.

The only thing that died in Prince was his ability to take responsibility for his own failures, and to see reality clearly. Those things never really did resurrect like his moniker did.

Dead on it.

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Reply #8 posted 08/04/10 10:00am

eireboy34

Laughed and then watched Coronation Street

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Reply #9 posted 08/04/10 10:00am

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This whole sorry escapade is probably the low point in Prince's career, and it's a shame it happened. He had momentum commercially with 2 successful albums back to back, and he was hitting into an incredibly prolific period with plenty of strong material with great commercial potential. The Gold Experience should have been a massive album, but by the time it was released Prince had so damaged his career that it faded with barely a wave.

* * *

Prince's Classic Finally Expanded
The Deluxe 'Purple Rain' Reissue

http://www.popmatters.com...n-reissue/
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Reply #10 posted 08/04/10 10:09am

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alphastreet said:

I remember reading in Word Up magazine that some DJ's on some US radio station said that he died or something like that, but the news spread and fans were calling in to ask where to send flowers and cards, but it turned out to be a joke and they apologized.



What was that all about? And how did you feel when it happened?



I very briefly stopped listenng when he announced he was 'dead' himself. But that was purely because I believed a newspaper article that claimed the Victor/Victoria name thing was because he had just undergone surgery to have both male and female genitals to negate the need for a partner....ridiculous I know - as if Prince could hide a dick in those trousers lol
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Reply #11 posted 08/04/10 10:26am

alphastreet

I remember bits and pieces of all this crap too, and I hated how he looked with Slave written on his face

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Reply #12 posted 08/04/10 10:42am

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alphastreet said:

I remember reading in Word Up magazine that some DJ's on some US radio station said that he died or something like that

Around the time the Come album was released in Aug 1994

I got a call from a friend... she said the radio on.. they said Prince is dead!

My first thought was...hmmm Why havent i heard this on TV?

my second thought.... I told my friend...

I bet i know what it is.. Maybe because on his new album it says 1958 -1993

As if hes dead... you know the name change....

So.... I turn on the local radio station.. what do i hear lol

"Ladies and gentlemen Prince is dead!"

(in my head i was if this is true.. how did he die.. what do u mean he is dead?)

I knew it was a hoax lol

Love Life,
Love God,
And Only Do Drugs You Need
smoker

... wave
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Reply #13 posted 08/04/10 10:45am

skywalker

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ernestsewell said:

The only thing that died in Prince was his ability to take responsibility for his own failures, and to see reality clearly.

Care to give some evidence of Prince ever having done these things?

"New Power slide...."
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Reply #14 posted 08/04/10 11:00am

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skywalker said:

ernestsewell said:

The only thing that died in Prince was his ability to take responsibility for his own failures, and to see reality clearly.

Care to give some evidence of Prince ever having done these things?

Beat me to it.

But I don't expect geniuses to see reality clearly. I think that in combination with their creative thinking and innovative work is what makes them brilliant shrug

"For those who know the number and don't call...Fuck all y'all"
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Reply #15 posted 08/04/10 11:13am

remko

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alphastreet said:

I remember reading in Word Up magazine that some DJ's on some US radio station said that he died or something like that, but the news spread and fans were calling in to ask where to send flowers and cards, but it turned out to be a joke and they apologized.

What was that all about? And how did you feel when it happened?

i felt something like this: disbelief nutso

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Reply #16 posted 08/04/10 11:21am

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Genesia said:

Prince, himself, went around saying, "Prince is dead" in 1995.

I thought it was stupid.

Agreed, and the slave on his cheek followed. It was all 2 much

Wake up children, dance the dance electric... there isn't much time.... who farted? whofarted ...was it u? disbelief
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Reply #17 posted 08/04/10 11:23am

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alphastreet said:

I remember bits and pieces of all this crap too, and I hated how he looked with Slave written on his face

yeahthat

Wake up children, dance the dance electric... there isn't much time.... who farted? whofarted ...was it u? disbelief
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Reply #18 posted 08/04/10 11:24am

Timmy84

It was '93 and it was too fucking much. lol

I couldn't figure the motherfucker out. I knew he was battling label problems but I thought that was too much. lol

I thought it'd be "better" once he did "return" to his name in 2000 but alas it wasn't. lol

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Reply #19 posted 08/04/10 11:25am

studal

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Did sweet fuck all.

Coz. Emmmm lemme see.

HE DIDN"T DIE

Looking for a new man. Freaks need not apply. Freeeks can tho ;-p
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Reply #20 posted 08/04/10 11:37am

Genesia

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skywalker said:

ernestsewell said:

The only thing that died in Prince was his ability to take responsibility for his own failures, and to see reality clearly.

Care to give some evidence of Prince ever having done these things?

Let's start with the fact that Prince signed contracts and extensions of said contracts for 15 years - and, suddenly, when he no longer liked the terms of a contract he had signed willingly, it was all Warner Brothers' fault.

The guy made untold millions of dollars in that time and was given free rein (and a ton of cash) for a lot of side projects that never put a dime in WB's pocket. And, yet - he's a slave.

Let's all shed a tear for poor Prince-y. cry rolleyes

We don’t mourn artists because we knew them. We mourn them because they helped us know ourselves.
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Reply #21 posted 08/04/10 12:07pm

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Genesia said:

skywalker said:

Care to give some evidence of Prince ever having done these things?

Let's start with the fact that Prince signed contracts and extensions of said contracts for 15 years - and, suddenly, when he no longer liked the terms of a contract he had signed willingly, it was all Warner Brothers' fault.

The guy made untold millions of dollars in that time and was given free rein (and a ton of cash) for a lot of side projects that never put a dime in WB's pocket. And, yet - he's a slave.

Let's all shed a tear for poor Prince-y. cry rolleyes

there is a long list of musicians that have signed contracts only to later see them as a form of bondage as time went on. Prince simply matured as a human being and no longer wanted to treated as someones "possession" or "child" or dare I say "slave". Maybe he should have handled it differently but he was probably desperate to regain control of his own destiny. None of us know all that went on between Prince and the "suits". So be cautious with the judgment.

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Reply #22 posted 08/04/10 12:13pm

Timmy84

^ But that's why it's always important to have friends around who are close enough to know when shit doesn't look good. I'm sure Prince did and ignored it anyway and he paid the price for it. Oh well.

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Reply #23 posted 08/04/10 12:13pm

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tricky99 said:

Genesia said:

Let's start with the fact that Prince signed contracts and extensions of said contracts for 15 years - and, suddenly, when he no longer liked the terms of a contract he had signed willingly, it was all Warner Brothers' fault.

The guy made untold millions of dollars in that time and was given free rein (and a ton of cash) for a lot of side projects that never put a dime in WB's pocket. And, yet - he's a slave.

Let's all shed a tear for poor Prince-y. cry rolleyes

there is a long list of musicians that have signed contracts only to later see them as a form of bondage as time went on. Prince simply matured as a human being and no longer wanted to treated as someones "possession" or "child" or dare I say "slave". Maybe he should have handled it differently but he was probably desperate to regain control of his own destiny. None of us know all that went on between Prince and the "suits". So be cautious with the judgment.


The fact that he signed the contracts is all I need to know. He never alleged that Warner Brothers acted in violation of what he, himself, signed (at least, not to my knowledge) - only that he no longer found the terms to his liking. And yet, he would take no responsibility for a lack of foresight.

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Reply #24 posted 08/04/10 12:19pm

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Timmy84 said:

^ But that's why it's always important to have friends around who are close enough to know when shit doesn't look good. I'm sure Prince did and ignored it anyway and he paid the price for it. Oh well.

But that's what makes Prince who he is. He marches to the beat of his own drum. And for that he has been hailed and denigrated. Each of us have a journey and there are always potholes. I assume your road has been bumpy too.

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Reply #25 posted 08/04/10 12:22pm

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Genesia said:

tricky99 said:

there is a long list of musicians that have signed contracts only to later see them as a form of bondage as time went on. Prince simply matured as a human being and no longer wanted to treated as someones "possession" or "child" or dare I say "slave". Maybe he should have handled it differently but he was probably desperate to regain control of his own destiny. None of us know all that went on between Prince and the "suits". So be cautious with the judgment.


The fact that he signed the contracts is all I need to know. He never alleged that Warner Brothers acted in violation of what he, himself, signed (at least, not to my knowledge) - only that he no longer found the terms to his liking. And yet, he would take no responsibility for a lack of foresight.

That's really not true because within many songs he has talked about coming to the realization about the industry. We all grow and learn. It happens in the music industry all the time.

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Reply #26 posted 08/04/10 12:24pm

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I just thought he'd gone nuts. The media at the time didn't do a good job of explaining WHY he was trying to get out of his contract. Or if you ask me they didn't think he had a good enuff reason for being so bitchy about the contract that HE signed. But I'd come to expect that kind of erratic eccentricity from these creative types. I'd totally excused his behavior since in my mind he could DO what he wanted.

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Prince esta muerto...
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Reply #27 posted 08/04/10 12:38pm

Genesia

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tricky99 said:

Genesia said:

The fact that he signed the contracts is all I need to know. He never alleged that Warner Brothers acted in violation of what he, himself, signed (at least, not to my knowledge) - only that he no longer found the terms to his liking. And yet, he would take no responsibility for a lack of foresight.

That's really not true because within many songs he has talked about coming to the realization about the industry. We all grow and learn. It happens in the music industry all the time.

Then he should have just taken his lumps, instead of being a punkass bitch about it.

We don’t mourn artists because we knew them. We mourn them because they helped us know ourselves.
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Reply #28 posted 08/04/10 5:32pm

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Tricky is talking SENSE.
This Post is produced, arranged, composed and performed by WetDream
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Reply #29 posted 08/04/10 5:34pm

Timmy84

tricky99 said:

Timmy84 said:

^ But that's why it's always important to have friends around who are close enough to know when shit doesn't look good. I'm sure Prince did and ignored it anyway and he paid the price for it. Oh well.

But that's what makes Prince who he is. He marches to the beat of his own drum. And for that he has been hailed and denigrated. Each of us have a journey and there are always potholes. I assume your road has been bumpy too.

I guess... shrug

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