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Thread started 05/19/15 8:21am

SoftSkarlettLo
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Why wasn't "Rock & Roll Love Affair" more famous?

Maybe I'm missing something out, but "Rock & Roll Love Affair" didn't get the attention it deserved. It's a fun rock song that could have some deep meaning to it.

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Reply #1 posted 05/19/15 8:34am

trax

That and Screwdriver should have been on Plectrum Electrum.

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Reply #2 posted 05/19/15 8:57am

NorthC

It follows the Chuck Berry recipe for a hit: "Cars...everybody drives cars. Love...most people, if they aren't now, they're gonna be in love." So if you sing about cars/being on the road and being in love and rock & roll, you're gonna have a hit. That's what Prince must have thought. Use every cliche in the book, be as radiofriendly as you can. And the end result is a total bore. Funny how the Prince who didn't give a shit about what anyone thought of him, had more hits than the Prince who tries to please everybody.
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Reply #3 posted 05/19/15 9:00am

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RNRLA, the reason it wasn't popular is.... its a very bad song.. sad

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Reply #4 posted 05/19/15 9:12am

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trax said:

That and Screwdriver should have been on Plectrum Electrum.




I totat agree. Take off some of the Hannah songs (okay, ALL of them).
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Reply #5 posted 05/19/15 10:21am

emesem

its jsut aiight. It sounds like a pastiche of other Prince songs. Meanders quite a bit and not much of a hook.

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Reply #6 posted 05/19/15 10:27am

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Y'all can say whatever you want about that song, but if ANYONE tries to say it borrows musically from "Take Me With U" I will be forced to rain sand dollars on your behind.

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Reply #7 posted 05/19/15 10:28am

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The song is pretty boring to me, it doesn't bother me, but it doesn't impress me either. To have the name 'rock & roll' in the title, to me, it nowhere close to lives up to its own name. It would've been better named 'love affair' imo for what it sounds like. Maybe it's better live, but from what I've heard, it meh...

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Reply #8 posted 05/19/15 11:02am

KingSausage

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I thought it was one of the best straight up pop tunes Prince had done in quite some time.
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Reply #9 posted 05/19/15 11:19am

SoulAlive

That song is so boring.

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Reply #10 posted 05/19/15 11:26am

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SoftSkarlettLovisa said:

Maybe I'm missing something out, but "Rock & Roll Love Affair" didn't get the attention it deserved. It's a fun rock song that could have some deep meaning to it.

It didn't because it was released on a totally obscure indie label whose own audience is into house music and that didn't have the financial means to promote it to mainstream medias.

Some indie labels manage to create some hype with some songs or albums but they have to become hip in the first place and the popularity of their releases comes from the cohesiveness of their catalogue. I can totally understand that a small label like Purple Music would release any Prince song regardless of what it it because P is a superstar and the operation could only bring some publicity to the label (proof of that is after several years all 4 singles are still announced on their front page), but there was no way it could get more attention than it did. Purple Music's audience couldn't care less for rock tracks like R&RLA or Screwdriver, and the rest of the world just wasn't informed despite the song being played on Kimmel (which was good but not enough to generate a hit).

I'm all for P working with indie labels instead of majors, but he'd have to choose the labels because of what they DO, not because they're named after one of his songs lol lol

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Reply #11 posted 05/19/15 12:00pm

EroticDreamer

I like it, especially Remix7.

Could have been an album title track and is exactly the kind of pop song that Warner Brothers wanted Prince to do so many years ago.

The remix of Screwdriver is the only version I like.

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Reply #12 posted 05/19/15 12:17pm

kapo74

Can't remember the song at all, to be honest. I guess that answers part of your question.
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Reply #13 posted 05/19/15 12:21pm

Farfunknugin

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The remix was alright but the single had no bite to it

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Reply #14 posted 05/19/15 12:23pm

bigd74

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I love RNRLA

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Reply #15 posted 05/19/15 12:24pm

IstenSzek

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i love that song. especially the original, long version cool

and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #16 posted 05/19/15 1:01pm

trax

I really liked it. Is it a hit? probably not but it is a great album track. My wife really likes it also and she doesn't really like Prince overall. This is one of the 20 or so songs she really likes by him. Before someone makes a smart comment about how 20 songs is alot to like by an artist keep in mind I play hundreds if not over 1000 songs by him around her all of the time. This is the only Third Eye Girl song she likes so far despite me really trying to get her into them. It is really not a bad song.

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Reply #17 posted 05/19/15 1:17pm

aaroncanderson

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The Housequake Mo Quake mix is infinitely better than the original.
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Reply #18 posted 05/19/15 1:32pm

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IstenSzek said:

i love that song. especially the original, long version cool

Yes. highfive

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Reply #19 posted 05/19/15 2:33pm

CharismaDove

Farfunknugin said:

The remix was alright but the single had no bite to it


I agree. The remixes are decent, but the single itself was way too bland and meandering. It had no chance of becoming a hit (although it made the top 20 of the Adult Contemporary chart, surprisingly).

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Reply #20 posted 05/19/15 5:21pm

ZiggmanZoo

Many people that I know and don't really care for Prince's music really liked RNRLA. They described it as a catchy fun track, reminding them of old Prince stuff. Now that cannot be a bad thing! I think this song could have done so much better with proper care...

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Reply #21 posted 05/19/15 5:26pm

ThomasBjj

I liked it when it came out. Remix 7 kicks it's ass though. It came at a time when we hadn't heard much of anything from Prince in a long time. Not much (or any, really) promotion.

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Reply #22 posted 05/19/15 6:34pm

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If a powerhouse like Madonna is having trouble staying on top in today's age, someone like Prince doesn't stand a chance, unfortunately.

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Reply #23 posted 05/19/15 8:06pm

Bambi82

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I like it, the remix especially.

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Reply #24 posted 05/19/15 9:24pm

motherfunka

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It was another one of the many songs that I've listened to and thought, meh. I have a new appreciation for it after hearing it live a few weeks ago.

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Reply #25 posted 05/19/15 9:59pm

bluegangsta

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Well, I love the song.

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Pulling the video off YouTube probably didn't help, it had a couple of million views.

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Reply #26 posted 05/20/15 12:43am

Rebeljuice

I like the song. It is quite catchy and keeps me interested. Not too keen on the remixes.

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Reply #27 posted 05/20/15 3:41am

MIRvmn

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love this song, it should have been on an album smile
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Reply #28 posted 05/21/15 5:48am

Militant

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Remix 7 was the one! Love that mix.

The original is good, but not great. It just needs a bit more drive, a bit more urgency.

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Reply #29 posted 05/21/15 7:34am

NouveauDance

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It wasn't promoted and it's a lame auto-pilot rehash?

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