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Thread started 01/23/13 5:28am

TweetyV6

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Of which song(s) does Screw Driver remind u ?

It sonds so familiar, but I can't put my finger on it.

Any suggestions which older P song Screw Driver reminds u of ?

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Reply #1 posted 01/23/13 5:36am

alexzander

Screwdriver sounds like Prince fronting the Go-Go's.

This is what you want...This is what you get.
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Reply #2 posted 01/23/13 5:48am

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Sonically its very similar to cause and effect in with a dead sounding DI'd accoustic guitar strumming chords that sits underneath the electric guitars.

There's also a synth patch from PRO 53 software synth that is completely out of the box with no alterations which comes across as a bit lazy sounding. You'd think with all the toys that P can afford he might use something a bit more exotic than a native instruments plug in.

Melodically its very similar too. Doesn't make enough of the guitar riff in the bridge in my opinion as that is the highlight of the song. The rest is a bit throw away.

Not a bad song, but I thought 'Same page, different book' was way higher in standard even with it's very stripped down nature, and the 'RNR affair remix' (the one that turned up on Japseyegirl or whatever) thing is growing on me too even though the vocal melody sounds odd at times with the backing track. I like the oddness of it to be fair!

Just an opinion though.

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Reply #3 posted 01/23/13 5:51am

SENNISS

Sharp Dressed Man- ZZ Top and varios Rolling Stones tunes.

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Reply #4 posted 01/23/13 5:55am

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There's thousands of bands playing guitarrock, so it's always going to sound like something else. It has a bit of a Stones flavor if you ask me even tho' Keef doesn't play guitar the way Prince does.
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Reply #5 posted 01/23/13 6:00am

novabrkr

kidsherriff said:

There's also a synth patch from PRO 53 software synth that is completely out of the box with no alterations which comes across as a bit lazy sounding. You'd think with all the toys that P can afford he might use something a bit more exotic than a native instruments plug in.

If you're really capable of hearing that then would you like to tell us what preset is it?

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Reply #6 posted 01/23/13 6:02am

novabrkr

Screwdriver reminds me of I Like It There and Act Of God (and maybe Hard To Get too). The fuzz guitar parts towards the end are somewhat reminiscent of what's heard towards the end of We Gets Up.

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Reply #7 posted 01/23/13 6:11am

NouveauDance

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Guitar

Cinnamon Girl

The 1 U Wanna C

The Morning After

You know, it's from that mold of recent rock/pop songs.

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Reply #8 posted 01/23/13 6:14am

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Of course, let me think........its patch number 85.....no of course I can 't rememeber the number of the patch without going and turning on my studio computer and to be honest as I can't be arsed. Howverer, if you are questionaing how I would know this piece of information, the answer is because I am a studio engineer and the soft synth in question is the Native Instruments Pro 53 which is an emulator of the Profit 5 synth from the early 80's. Furthermore, I have had both the hardware synth and the softsynth and still use the softsynth to this day. I now use the sof synth solely because its easier than lugging around a big piece of kit. In short I know what I'm talking about!!!!!!!

Rant over! Does that answer your question.....thank you!

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Reply #9 posted 01/23/13 6:28am

Marco81

I Like It There + Guitar

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Reply #10 posted 01/23/13 7:04am

dodger

NouveauDance said:

Guitar

Cinnamon Girl

The 1 U Wanna C

The Morning After

You know, it's from that mold of recent rock/pop songs.

I agree they're the closest sounding to it but at the same time I think its still a bit different as well.

Probably as others have said its not as polished as his usual studio rock/pop songs and has got a raw grunge like sound.

One other thing I noticed - the way he sings 'screw' at around 3.10 - I dont remember him sounding like that before.

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Reply #11 posted 01/23/13 7:09am

TweetyV6

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Thanks novabrkr and Marco81.

It indeed has a 'I Like It There' feel to it. Screw Driver would fit neatly on 'Chaos & Disorder'

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Reply #12 posted 01/23/13 7:12am

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First, I really like this song. It's reminiscent of recent rockers, but is much more loose and ALIVE. The energy really comes through and it seems like he's having a blast with the girls. ESP Hannah.

However it DOES remind me of another tune that I can't put my finger on. Does anyone here listen to Wilco? I think it's reminding me of something from Being There...but can't think of the exact tune
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Reply #13 posted 01/23/13 7:34am

novabrkr

kidsherriff said:

Of course, let me think........its patch number 85.....no of course I can 't rememeber the number of the patch without going and turning on my studio computer and to be honest as I can't be arsed. Howverer, if you are questionaing how I would know this piece of information, the answer is because I am a studio engineer and the soft synth in question is the Native Instruments Pro 53 which is an emulator of the Profit 5 synth from the early 80's. Furthermore, I have had both the hardware synth and the softsynth and still use the softsynth to this day. I now use the sof synth solely because its easier than lugging around a big piece of kit. In short I know what I'm talking about!!!!!!!

Rant over! Does that answer your question.....thank you!

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No, it doesn't answer my question.

The synthesizer you are referring to is the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 (not "Profit 5"). I have hard time believing you have owned it if you are not even able to spell its name correctly.

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Reply #14 posted 01/23/13 7:47am

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TweetyV6 said:

It sonds so familiar, but I can't put my finger on it.



Any suggestions which older P song Screw Driver reminds u of ?


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Reply #15 posted 01/23/13 7:51am

imago

Chaos & Disorder mixed with "I like it There"

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Reply #16 posted 01/23/13 8:04am

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The song and the video put together reminds me of Rock 'n' Roll Is Alive(And Lives In Minneapolis) from the Love 4 One Another VH1 TV Special!!

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Reply #17 posted 01/23/13 8:14am

james

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Reminds me of a few tracks, Chaos and Disorder, I Like It There... Good rock tracks with bad lyrics and no real riff !

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Reply #18 posted 01/23/13 8:37am

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I Like it There (which is a criminally underrated rocker).

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Reply #19 posted 01/23/13 9:16am

RodeoSchro

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None. It stands on its own.

I can play just about any Prince song on guitar and the key, chord progression and melody of "Screwdriver" isn't a knock-off of any song that I can think of.

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Reply #20 posted 01/23/13 9:51am

novabrkr

Was this thread supposed to be about whether or not the song recycles a melody from another Prince song?

I really just meant it reminded me of "I Like It There" and "Act Of God" stylistically. The only song that I think it borrows from is "We Gets Up", but that's just the guitar part.

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Reply #21 posted 01/23/13 10:40am

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Now that I've given it some thought, "Endorphinmachine" is in the same key and has mostly the same chord progression. Or kind of the same, any way. THERE'S NO Bb IN "ENDORPHINMACHINE IS THERE, DAVE? smile

But I'd not go so far as to say "Screwdriver" is a rip-off of "Endorphinmachine" or anything like that.

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Reply #22 posted 01/23/13 10:44am

imago

It sort of reminds me of the Rembrandt's "I'll be there for you" from the T.V. show friends.

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Reply #23 posted 01/23/13 10:49am

RRA

Reminds me more of CHAOS & DISORDER era than the DIRTY MIND era that I heard a local compare it to.

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Reply #24 posted 01/23/13 12:36pm

TweetyV6

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novabrkr said:

Was this thread supposed to be about whether or not the song recycles a melody from another Prince song?

No. It just reminded me of a song and I couldn't put my finger on it.

The song you pointed out, I like it there, was exactly what didn't come to my mind.

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Reply #25 posted 01/23/13 12:41pm

TweetyV6

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RodeoSchro said:

Now that I've given it some thought, "Endorphinmachine" is in the same key and has mostly the same chord progression. Or kind of the same, any way. THERE'S NO Bb IN "ENDORPHINMACHINE IS THERE, DAVE? smile

But I'd not go so far as to say "Screwdriver" is a rip-off of "Endorphinmachine" or anything like that.

Yup. Indeed no rip off, but in the same style. Agree.

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Reply #26 posted 01/23/13 12:48pm

NDRU

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Solo, from Come. Dead ringers

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Reply #27 posted 01/23/13 1:21pm

ganesh

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Guitar

The one you wanna see

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Reply #28 posted 01/23/13 2:03pm

naffi

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At the moment it is Guitar and Damned if I do, but listening to it yesterday it reminded me of a recent song not by Prince which I can't think of at the moment
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Reply #29 posted 01/23/13 2:20pm

benjamino71

It's it's own.

PERIOD.

its been many many years since that feeling of good surprise hit me, when listening to a new prince track.

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