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Thread started 02/10/15 4:16am

BartVanHemelen

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Weird Al Yankovic said he would not seek out Prince to ask if he could do a parody of Prince songs

http://www.startribune.co...38041.html

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Weird Al Yankovic said he would not seek out Prince to ask if he could do a parody of Prince songs. He tried to do that in the 1980s a few times and Prince said “no.” Al said he’d like to hang out with Prince, though. “Maybe we could go bowling or play Parcheesi. I’m up for that.”

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Reply #1 posted 02/10/15 5:00am

iZsaZsa

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Forget Parcheesi. Prince would never sit still long enough to win!
What?
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Reply #2 posted 02/10/15 7:47am

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That would be fun to see them play ping pong, a match for charity perhaps?
"So fierce U look 2night, the brightest star pales 2 Ur sex..."
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Reply #3 posted 02/10/15 3:00pm

stillwaiting

Funny how Prince is so "High and Mighty," and protecting his "Artistic Integrity," by refusing to let Weird Al parody him. But he's all fine with having Tony M in the band rapping about Manure, and having Tony, Kirk, Damon, etc out there in those Star Trek Next Generation uniforms. That's about as sad a scene as I could imagine any artist putting themselves in. So he may as well let Weird Al go at it. Prince is the greatest ever, but he has done enough cringe worthy acts to know better than to worry about Weird Al.

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Reply #4 posted 02/11/15 2:24pm

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stillwaiting said:

Funny how Prince is so "High and Mighty," and protecting his "Artistic Integrity," by refusing to let Weird Al parody him. But he's all fine with having Tony M in the band rapping about Manure, and having Tony, Kirk, Damon, etc out there in those Star Trek Next Generation uniforms. That's about as sad a scene as I could imagine any artist putting themselves in. So he may as well let Weird Al go at it. Prince is the greatest ever, but he has done enough cringe worthy acts to know better than to worry about Weird Al.

Maybe you were not born back at that time but loads of RnB acts had guys rapping on their records and dancing around in matching suits (some Star Trek like) it was called entertaining and since his tour back them did well and Diamonds and Pearls sold 5 million the masses were not worrying about it as much as Orgers are l 20 years later.

Anyone who think Al's parodys are gut busting much really enjoy cornball humor. I get a lot of vibes off Prince but middle america cornball is not one of them.

Tony M was just as bad a rapper as about 20 others back in the late 80s and 90s and actually better than the idiots rapping today.

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Reply #5 posted 02/11/15 3:33pm

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We know that Prince doesn't but does anyone else give a rat's ass about Weird Al and whether he would ask Prince for anything in 2015?

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Reply #6 posted 02/11/15 4:11pm

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Wouldn't Prince have to have a known, successful song in 2015 before Al could even attempt to parody it?

[Edited 2/12/15 15:12pm]

Yeah, we'll, we'll try to imagine what silence looks like.
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Reply #7 posted 02/12/15 6:15am

trax

Marrk said:

Wouldn't Prince would have to have a known, successful song in 2015 before Al could even attempt to parody it?

Yes. He doesn't waste his time with songs that are not major hits.

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Reply #8 posted 02/12/15 7:25am

Javi

stillwaiting said:

Funny how Prince is so "High and Mighty," and protecting his "Artistic Integrity," by refusing to let Weird Al parody him. But he's all fine with having Tony M in the band rapping about Manure, and having Tony, Kirk, Damon, etc out there in those Star Trek Next Generation uniforms. That's about as sad a scene as I could imagine any artist putting themselves in. So he may as well let Weird Al go at it. Prince is the greatest ever, but he has done enough cringe worthy acts to know better than to worry about Weird Al.

That's just your subjective opinion on a period which I find almost the best in Prince's career, the early 90s. Not because of the rap (although I don't hate it either), but because of the songs. But a parody is a parody, and Prince can be criticised for many things, but not for not taking his music seriously. Some of his attitudes, although constantly criticised by many fans, prove how seriously he takes his own art, like the reluctance to publish his remastered catalogue and his opposition to "fans" bootleging his music. I respect, and admire, him for that.

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Reply #9 posted 02/12/15 8:15am

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Maybe he wouldn't be so bothered as he was back then, he was cool with the Dave Chappelle sketch, although that might be a different case.

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Reply #10 posted 02/12/15 10:27am

Pentacle

Javi said:

. But a parody is a parody, and Prince can be criticised for many things, but not for not taking his music seriously.

TOM TUCKER: We tried to talk him into archiving everything when he was still with Warners. We were going to buy a convection oven and bake all the analog tapes, and archive them to digital. But at the last minute he pulled the plug. He said he didn't want anybody to hear all that music. Those old analog tapes are just gumming up down in his vault. And then what's going to happen if it's not in his will? What if it's in his will to destroy that stuff? That would be like half the Beatles' tunes being lost.

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Reply #11 posted 02/12/15 1:39pm

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JoshuaWho said:

We know that Prince doesn't but does anyone else give a rat's ass about Weird Al and whether he would ask Prince for anything in 2015?

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No one with a lick of sense in their heads cares. Well Al cares because he keeps bringing it up.

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Reply #12 posted 02/12/15 4:14pm

stillwaiting

Javi said:

stillwaiting said:

Funny how Prince is so "High and Mighty," and protecting his "Artistic Integrity," by refusing to let Weird Al parody him. But he's all fine with having Tony M in the band rapping about Manure, and having Tony, Kirk, Damon, etc out there in those Star Trek Next Generation uniforms. That's about as sad a scene as I could imagine any artist putting themselves in. So he may as well let Weird Al go at it. Prince is the greatest ever, but he has done enough cringe worthy acts to know better than to worry about Weird Al.

That's just your subjective opinion on a period which I find almost the best in Prince's career, the early 90s. Not because of the rap (although I don't hate it either), but because of the songs. But a parody is a parody, and Prince can be criticised for many things, but not for not taking his music seriously. Some of his attitudes, although constantly criticised by many fans, prove how seriously he takes his own art, like the reluctance to publish his remastered catalogue and his opposition to "fans" bootleging his music. I respect, and admire, him for that.

You are free to like Jughead more than Lovesexy. You are free to not see his rap and corny ass early 90's stuff as his best, but you are not in crowded territory. 1980-88 was so strong for him, it would have been tough to beat...but I was around 22 when the Star Trek Uniforms made their network TV debut on Friday Night videos or whatever, and the roomful of people I was with were clowning on Prince for the outfits, and the awful rapping.

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Reply #13 posted 02/13/15 2:24am

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laurarichardson said:

JoshuaWho said:

We know that Prince doesn't but does anyone else give a rat's ass about Weird Al and whether he would ask Prince for anything in 2015?

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No one with a lick of sense in their heads cares. Well Al cares because he keeps bringing it up.

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"He keeps bringing it up"? Any proof? (Other than him asnwering questions from reporters.)

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Reply #14 posted 02/13/15 2:26am

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laurarichardson said:

stillwaiting said:

Funny how Prince is so "High and Mighty," and protecting his "Artistic Integrity," by refusing to let Weird Al parody him. But he's all fine with having Tony M in the band rapping about Manure, and having Tony, Kirk, Damon, etc out there in those Star Trek Next Generation uniforms. That's about as sad a scene as I could imagine any artist putting themselves in. So he may as well let Weird Al go at it. Prince is the greatest ever, but he has done enough cringe worthy acts to know better than to worry about Weird Al.

Maybe you were not born back at that time but loads of RnB acts had guys rapping on their records and dancing around in matching suits (some Star Trek like)

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Gotta love Prince fams:

- Prince doesn't do something many other artists do (e.g. sell live recordings, release remasters, etc.): "Prince is not like other artists!"

- Prince does some shitty thing other artists are also guilty of: "Prince is just like other artists!"

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Reply #15 posted 02/13/15 5:35am

Javi

stillwaiting said: Javi said: That's just your subjective opinion on a period which I find almost the best in Prince's career, the early 90s. Not because of the rap (although I don't hate it either), but because of the songs. But a parody is a parody, and Prince can be criticised for many things, but not for not taking his music seriously. Some of his attitudes, although constantly criticised by many fans, prove how seriously he takes his own art, like the reluctance to publish his remastered catalogue and his opposition to "fans" bootleging his music. I respect, and admire, him for that. You are free to like Jughead more than Lovesexy. You are free to not see his rap and corny ass early 90's stuff as his best, but you are not in crowded territory. 1980-88 was so strong for him, it would have been tough to beat...but I was around 22 when the Star Trek Uniforms made their network TV debut on Friday Night videos or whatever, and the roomful of people I was with were clowning on Prince for the outfits, and the awful rapping. Of course, I haven't written what you say I've written, but feel free to say what you want and to go with the crowd. After all, this is the internet.

[Edited 2/13/15 5:36am]

[Edited 2/13/15 5:38am]

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Reply #16 posted 02/13/15 12:54pm

stillwaiting

Javi said:

stillwaiting said: Javi said: That's just your subjective opinion on a period which I find almost the best in Prince's career, the early 90s. Not because of the rap (although I don't hate it either), but because of the songs. But a parody is a parody, and Prince can be criticised for many things, but not for not taking his music seriously. Some of his attitudes, although constantly criticised by many fans, prove how seriously he takes his own art, like the reluctance to publish his remastered catalogue and his opposition to "fans" bootleging his music. I respect, and admire, him for that. You are free to like Jughead more than Lovesexy. You are free to not see his rap and corny ass early 90's stuff as his best, but you are not in crowded territory. 1980-88 was so strong for him, it would have been tough to beat...but I was around 22 when the Star Trek Uniforms made their network TV debut on Friday Night videos or whatever, and the roomful of people I was with were clowning on Prince for the outfits, and the awful rapping. Of course, I haven't written what you say I've written, but feel free to say what you want and to go with the crowd. After all, this is the internet.

[Edited 2/13/15 5:36am]

[Edited 2/13/15 5:38am]

I stand corrected. I guess I underestimate the artistic value of the "Mr Money Minder" speech at the end of Jughead. I suppose the song "Graffiti Bridge" beats the crap out of the 80-88 period. Yep...and The Flow, and Arrogance were also awesome songs. Makes When 2 R In Love seem awful.

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Reply #17 posted 02/16/15 7:39am

Javi

stillwaiting said: Javi said: stillwaiting said: Javi said: That's just your subjective opinion on a period which I find almost the best in Prince's career, the early 90s. Not because of the rap (although I don't hate it either), but because of the songs. But a parody is a parody, and Prince can be criticised for many things, but not for not taking his music seriously. Some of his attitudes, although constantly criticised by many fans, prove how seriously he takes his own art, like the reluctance to publish his remastered catalogue and his opposition to "fans" bootleging his music. I respect, and admire, him for that. You are free to like Jughead more than Lovesexy. You are free to not see his rap and corny ass early 90's stuff as his best, but you are not in crowded territory. 1980-88 was so strong for him, it would have been tough to beat...but I was around 22 when the Star Trek Uniforms made their network TV debut on Friday Night videos or whatever, and the roomful of people I was with were clowning on Prince for the outfits, and the awful rapping. Of course, I haven't written what you say I've written, but feel free to say what you want and to go with the crowd. After all, this is the internet. [Edited 2/13/15 5:36am] [Edited 2/13/15 5:38am] I stand corrected. I guess I underestimate the artistic value of the "Mr Money Minder" speech at the end of Jughead. I suppose the song "Graffiti Bridge" beats the crap out of the 80-88 period. Yep...and The Flow, and Arrogance were also awesome songs. Makes When 2 R In Love seem awful. This is quite absurd, yet you don't seem to notice it. Feel free to like what you like, and I'll do the same.
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Reply #18 posted 02/16/15 9:07am

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BartVanHemelen said:

laurarichardson said:

Maybe you were not born back at that time but loads of RnB acts had guys rapping on their records and dancing around in matching suits (some Star Trek like)

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Gotta love Prince fams:

- Prince doesn't do something many other artists do (e.g. sell live recordings, release remasters, etc.): "Prince is not like other artists!"

- Prince does some shitty thing other artists are also guilty of: "Prince is just like other artists!"

Well let's see Prince is in the music business back in the 90s when music was still selling he needed to fall in line to make up for the diaster that was Graffitti Bridge. He did that with D&P. I guess in your opinion he should have kept his head in the sand and had another project GB or something so artsy that nobody would buy it. Because I can assure he would have got his walking papers from WB if he did that crap.

How many other artist and I mean major are artist are putting out live sets every year? He has the masters he signed this deal with WB so for all we know the Remasters are forthcoming. We just have to wait and see. He is showing his face in the public and he usually does that when he is planning to tour or has some project coming up.

You are always the first one to trash anything Prince does on this board going back a long time now but did you ever notice that he is still around and just as popular with audiences as ever?

Did you ever manage to wonder how he did it without your gudience?

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