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Thread started 07/28/12 7:47pm

Thewreckastow

Crazy Guitar Guy In Purple Rain

I recently watched the movie again and I noticed during Dez's "Modernaire" number there was this guy playing the guitar wearing red who was just JAMMING out to his own rhythm!

Do any of you remember this or know who he is?

oh and if someone has a gif of that...HAND IT OVER

The folks from Brooklyn play da bass pretty good but the ones from Minneappolis play it like they OUGHTA SHOULD!
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Reply #1 posted 07/28/12 8:49pm

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Dez Dickerson: “Without a doubt, the most widely known and sought-after of my songs is ‘Modernaire’. The song was immortalized in the film, Purple Rain, during my performance onstage with my band, The Modernaires (then comprised of Paul Cassady on bass, Roland Lozier on keyboards, Ernie LaViolet on drums, and the late, great Joe Hunt on guitar). Whilst all but 18 seconds of our big screen debut wound up on the cutting room floor, the song became somewhat of an underground favourite, with some going as far as taking a snippet of the tune from the film soundtrack and looping it!
“Originally, all the music from Purple Rain was to have been included on a single soundtrack album, but Prince continued to write material well after completion of the shooting of the picture. In the end, only his music ended up on what became the Purple Rain album.

“‘Modernaire’ is the most overtly Prince-influenced of anything I ever recorded, for obvious, practical reasons – in that it was to be part of the film and subsequent soundtrack project, it needed to fit well with the rest of the music. Prince and I collaborated on the recording, which also accounts for his strong influence. He particularly pushed for me to find a new singing voice on the track, which he succeeded in helping me to accomplish.

“This song was originally to have been released by Warner Bros. as a single at the beginning of my 1983-84 Kamikaze Tour. In fact, when we started the tour in late 1983, many DJs requesting interviews were aware of the single and asked what the release date was. Prince had arranged for his managers, Cavallo, Ruffalo & Fargnoli, to represent me during that time, and they believed they had it all worked out with the label as far as my deal was concerned. But, in fact, things never did come together with Warner. They subsequently began searching for a deal with virtually every other major label on the planet, from Capitol to Polygram, with several of them verbally committing to sign me. But, when it was all said and done, more was said than done!

“Ironically, I received a call from the business affairs department at Warner over one year after their initial plans to release the single, requesting that I supply them with a B-side and artwork – they were finally going to release it after all. But in the end, (you guessed it) it never happened.

“For this Citinite release we were unable to locate the original 2 track analogue master of the song and have been forced to utilize one derived from a cassette copy of the original master. Surprisingly, the quality is much better than one would expect!”

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence
I will make you cyber shit in your pants!
What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
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Reply #2 posted 07/28/12 11:05pm

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^ eek

wow.. nice info..

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Reply #3 posted 07/29/12 8:39am

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Ha ha, yes, that guy sure does pull focus in that scene. lol

Of course, that's the freedom of lip-synching a performance; you could never actually play a guitar while jerkin' around like that. Dr. Fink used to do the same thing.

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Reply #4 posted 07/29/12 9:55am

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thedance said:

^ eek

wow.. nice info..

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I didn't realized their performance scene was expected to be longer

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence
I will make you cyber shit in your pants!
What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In
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Reply #5 posted 07/30/12 11:27am

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I actually know Paul Cassidy (Bass player ), he told me that Joe Hunt was an incredible guitar player. So incredible that Prince in fact would always watch them play from the side in amazement. I got a non circulating live show of them from 1983 I believe, a New Years Eve show at the Ritz in New York, a fun show to watch Joe in and Dez of course does some Prince covers. Joe Hunt is no longer with us, he died many years ago but I forgot the reason, it was a terminal illness if I remember right. RIP Joe Hunt.
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Reply #6 posted 07/30/12 1:07pm

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And you can finally hear the song in its entirety too!

I was one of those of people who wanted so badly to hear the whole song back in the 80s

So glad to finally have a copy! Cool song!

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