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Thread started 03/17/11 12:03pm

Dave1992

The "noise"-interlude in Pop Life

What exactly is it? What is it about? Why is it there?

I understand the marching troops in Free, for example, but I can't think of any meaning behind that people screaming noise at the end of Pop Life...

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Reply #1 posted 03/17/11 12:05pm

Dave1992

By the way, I think it's one of his best songs, ever. I love its production, that panned echo-effect on the vocals (that's something special hardly anyone has ever done!), the bass line, the semi-delayed keyboard-melody in the chorus, the lyrics... it's brilliant.

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Reply #2 posted 03/17/11 12:07pm

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Thought it was the riot from the Stones concert in 80.

now i know what this is all about. now i know exactly what i am.
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Reply #3 posted 03/17/11 12:11pm

vitriol

^Nope. It seems to be from a sound fx album.

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Reply #4 posted 03/17/11 12:13pm

Dave1992

I also thought about the Stones concert for a minute and it would make a bit of sense in the context of the song, but the crowd at the Stones concert sounded different - at least on the boot I've got.

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Reply #5 posted 03/17/11 12:14pm

Dave1992

vitriol said:

^Nope. It seems to be from a sound fx album.

What kind of sound is it meant to be, you think? Simply a "crowd"?

And why did he put it there?

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Reply #6 posted 03/17/11 12:27pm

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Dave1992 said:

vitriol said:

^Nope. It seems to be from a sound fx album.

What kind of sound is it meant to be, you think? Simply a "crowd"?

And why did he put it there?

Why would vitriol know why P used a sample? lol. Prince has never answered to what it means or what it is. It is from an SFX album though.

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Reply #7 posted 03/17/11 12:37pm

jazzz

^^

Aah, spinlight vs. vitriol....interesting cockfight coming up! I can smell the testosterone already....

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Reply #8 posted 03/17/11 12:37pm

Dave1992

Spinlight said:

Dave1992 said:

What kind of sound is it meant to be, you think? Simply a "crowd"?

And why did he put it there?

Why would vitriol know why P used a sample? lol. Prince has never answered to what it means or what it is. It is from an SFX album though.

I was asking for his opinion, not for the definite answer and the only truth. In fact, I'm asking about your opinion too.

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Reply #9 posted 03/17/11 12:38pm

Dave1992

jazzz said:

^^

Aah, spinlight vs. vitriol....interesting cockfight coming up! I can smell the testosterone already....

Nah, he actually seemed like wanting to point out my "mistake", asking vitriol about what it was and why it was used, but I'm not down to cockfights. I prefer pussy.

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Reply #10 posted 03/17/11 12:58pm

unique

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it's the sound of a fairground from a warners sound effects album. many effects on prince albums are from library records, such as the traffic in lady cab driver, the screams at the start of we march, etc

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Reply #11 posted 03/17/11 1:04pm

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jazzz said:

^^

Aah, spinlight vs. vitriol....interesting cockfight coming up! I can smell the testosterone already....

lol, What? I appreciate vitriol's posts, I wasn't questioning his intelligence/knowledge. razz

I'm generally snarky, it's not usually meant maliciously unless you're a complete tit.

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Reply #12 posted 03/17/11 2:43pm

jeremy11

U: On the single, "Pop Life", what is the significance of the interspersions of (what sounds like) a boxing match? (I have wondered about this for years!)

prince: Good ? - Me 2 smile

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Reply #13 posted 03/17/11 2:52pm

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SleezyG said:

Thought it was the riot from the Stones concert in 80.

Already been answered, but I just wanted to say this is another urban myth that continues to rear it's head long after the truth has been confirmed.

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Reply #14 posted 03/17/11 4:02pm

vitriol

Dave1992 said:

jazzz said:

^^

Aah, spinlight vs. vitriol....interesting cockfight coming up! I can smell the testosterone already....

Nah, he actually seemed like wanting to point out my "mistake", asking vitriol about what it was and why it was used, but I'm not down to cockfights. I prefer pussy.

Same here.

The org is the place to find people who's really seeing things.

And some really take the cake!

No 'versus' at all here...

BTW, I don't have the slightest idea why Prince put that in there. For me, it kinda ruins an amazing song. If Prince himself even remembers why, he would never tell.

[Edited 3/17/11 16:03pm]

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Reply #15 posted 03/17/11 5:06pm

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Maybe Prince wanted to use that as a harken back to that Stones show

You do hear someone say "throw them out or throw them off" and the sounds of things being thrown

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Reply #16 posted 03/17/11 5:35pm

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I always thought that it shows how, at first, people used to dog Prince, and now they love him. Like how he would be booed when he opened up for the Stones - hence, "throw the bum out". Then at the end u hear people cheering which signifies how he is now a star.

The lyrics also lends itself to this interpretation. When he says, "everbody can't be on top", he's talking about people wanting to be a star like he is, but it's just not in the cards. "Don't u know straight hear ain't got no curl" - meaning don't try to be something you're not.

In a way, the noise-interlude can also be a big "fuck you" to all the people who booed him and didn't believe in him in the beginning. When the cheering happens at the end, in a sense he's saying, "look at me now, bitches!" lol

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Reply #17 posted 03/17/11 5:49pm

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Dave1992 said:

By the way, I think it's one of his best songs, ever. I love its production, that panned echo-effect on the vocals (that's something special hardly anyone has ever done!), the bass line, the semi-delayed keyboard-melody in the chorus, the lyrics... it's brilliant.

That echo-vocal is straight out of John Lennon's play-book (see "Instant Karma", "How Do You Sleep?""Watching The Wheels", "Imagine", etc), . That's exactly how Lennon recorded his vocals on many songs. And considering the big Beatles kick Prince was on at the time he made ATWIAD I'm confident that he had Lennon in mind when he recorded the vocals like that.

If you listen closely its clear, as Unique posted, the noise interlude in "Pop Life" is the sound of a fairground - you can hear a rollercoaster ride and kids.

[Edited 3/17/11 17:49pm]

[Edited 3/17/11 19:09pm]

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Reply #18 posted 03/17/11 6:14pm

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Dave1992 said

I also thought about the Stones concert for a minute and it would make a bit of sense in the context of the song, but the crowd at the Stones concert sounded different - at least on the boot I've got.

Bootleg? hmm PROVE IT! rolleyes

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Reply #19 posted 03/17/11 6:37pm

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OldFriends4Sale said:

Maybe Prince wanted to use that as a harken back to that Stones show

You do hear someone say "throw them out or throw them off" and the sounds of things being thrown

Interesting...must take another listen to it wink

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Reply #20 posted 03/17/11 7:09pm

NightGod

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Brownmark confirmed that the noise is not from the Rolling Stones show. I thought it was up until that point.

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Reply #21 posted 03/17/11 8:07pm

vitriol

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Bootleg? hmm PROVE IT! rolleyes

There's nothing to prove. That performance (in bad quality) has been out since 2008.

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Reply #22 posted 03/18/11 12:03am

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Dave1992 said:

Spinlight said:

Why would vitriol know why P used a sample? lol. Prince has never answered to what it means or what it is. It is from an SFX album though.

I was asking for his opinion, not for the definite answer and the only truth. In fact, I'm asking about your opinion too.

You are asking for our opinion? Not the definitive answer? Okay....let me think...

I think the sample is exactly what it sounds like when doves cry.

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Reply #23 posted 03/18/11 12:14am

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if you are talking about the crowd noice at the end of Pop Life,

I have always thought it was from a boxing match. wink

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Reply #24 posted 03/18/11 12:24am

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vitriol said:

BTW, I don't have the slightest idea why Prince put that in there.

Drugs?

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Reply #25 posted 03/18/11 12:35am

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LinnLM1 said:

If you listen closely its clear, as Unique posted, the noise interlude in "Pop Life" is the sound of a fairground - you can hear a rollercoaster ride and kids.

don't let facts get in the way of an org thread!

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Reply #26 posted 03/18/11 12:37am

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vitriol said:

BTW, I don't have the slightest idea why Prince put that in there. For me, it kinda ruins an amazing song. If Prince himself even remembers why, he would never tell.

have you ever listened to the lyrics of the song? it's pretty obvious

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Reply #27 posted 03/18/11 12:42am

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Back in highschool, some of us thought it was audio taken from the first Wrestlemania. We coulda SWORE we heard Cyndi Lauper yelling lol

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Reply #28 posted 03/18/11 12:51am

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NouveauDance said:

SleezyG said:

Thought it was the riot from the Stones concert in 80.

Already been answered, but I just wanted to say this is another urban myth that continues to rear it's head long after the truth has been confirmed.

http://prince.org/msg/7/108518?pr

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Reply #29 posted 03/18/11 12:57am

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Neversin said:

NouveauDance said:

Already been answered, but I just wanted to say this is another urban myth that continues to rear it's head long after the truth has been confirmed.

http://prince.org/msg/7/108518?pr

Neversin.

Thanks for that link, Neversin! thumbs up!

I edited the link so it won't redirect you into that computer thread http://prince.org/msg/7/108518 wink

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