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Thread started 03/26/03 4:27pm

Sartoria

POORGOO- The Story Behind

Here is the story behind the song POORGOO as originally asked on this thread:

http://prince.org.msg/thread.html?fid=7&tid41642

James "McGoo" McGregor worked at Paisley Park from 1991 to 1996. He started as a stage hand and quickly became the Production Manager and Stage Manager. He basically did everything including video taping all the rehearsals and sometimes playing percussion in the band when Kirk Johnson was dancing. The name "McGoo" was not given to him by Prince, but was a nickname he had for a long time. People just called him Goo for short.

The song came about when Goo and Prince both had their eye on this girl from New York named Maria. It turns out that Goo was the one that got her affections and not Prince. So Prince wrote the song POORGOO basically teasing that Goo would rather be hanging with Prince eating Trix than gettin' with that girl. POORGOO also refers to Goo's shakey camera work when taping the reheasals. Goo never wanted to tape them anyway because it wasn't his forte. Prince would always say, "Why should I pay someone else when I got you to do it?" All this was in good fun and not meant to be mean.

I am surprised that there seems to be so little info out there about McGoo as he was an integeral part of the orginization. Many here probably have video tapes where you can see him either playing percussion or running on stage during a performance to grab Prince's guitars and such. Anyway, that is the story of POORGOO!
Reply #1 posted 03/26/03 4:28pm

rdhull

this was like some Behind The Music stuff headbang
"Climb in my fur."
Reply #2 posted 03/26/03 4:32pm

AmethystAngelMN

Thanks for the story. biggrin
Reply #3 posted 03/26/03 4:40pm

Anji

Thanks alot, Sartoria! hug

IDEA FOR A THREAD: 'Ask Sartoria!' mr.green
Reply #4 posted 03/26/03 9:28pm

goo

And the winner is... Sartoria

Thanks

Goo. p.s Shhh No 1 knows its me.
Reply #5 posted 03/26/03 11:20pm

Sartoria

Don't worry Goo, nobody knows it's me either. Or who I am!?
Reply #6 posted 05/31/03 12:11am

juliana319

Great story.
Always learn soemthin' new, huh?


Peace.
J.-
Love can save us all......
Reply #7 posted 05/31/03 3:40am

suomynona

Sartoria said:

The song came about when Goo and Prince both had their eye on this girl from New York named Maria.
hmm...
Reply #8 posted 05/31/03 11:21am

ConsciousContact

I'm shocked that a girl would choose a mere mortal over Prince wink

URL: https://prince.org/msg/7/42109

Date printed: Fri 24th Jan 2020 8:50am PST