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Thread started 04/28/16 5:26am

mattj

Any Controversy Mag Members on here

Any members of the Controversy Magazine on here ... and greiving

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Reply #1 posted 04/28/16 5:44am

KaresB

mattj said:

Any members of the Controversy Magazine on here ... and greiving

yep
(if you meant members of the Controversy fanclub)

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Reply #2 posted 04/28/16 5:51am

redaddict

Yes.
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Reply #3 posted 04/28/16 5:53am

Clare

Yes I was a member of Controversy for a number of years and even still have my membership cards. We had front row tickets a number of times through their ticket order forms that you filled in and sent back in the post. The good old days. biggrin

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Reply #4 posted 04/28/16 5:57am

Nasalhair

Yes, I was. Can't remember which issue I started at, but I was a member to the end. Don't have them any more, but I do still have (somewhere) a long, hand-written letter from Eileen, the woman who edited it. Remember on the "Act II" tour he asked Controversy to nominate their favourite songs of his and he'd play them at the shows. No.1 was "The Beautiful Ones" I think, and no.2 was "When Doves Cry". Can't remember no.3. I saw him at the NIA in Birmingham and they had sound issues, so when he sang those you couldn't hear his vocals much, apart from the screams in "The Beautiful Ones".

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Reply #5 posted 04/28/16 5:59am

mattj

Yes still have my Controversy fanclub membership card and used to get front row tickets by post via Eileen Murton.. remember getting a flier for the club/mag at the parade concert (i think) and joined ..no emails or texts just good old royal mail !! first front row (stage in the round) was Lovesexy at Wembley .. remember the car came right over us and I high fived Sheila E .... still have all the mags and the book that Eileen got together

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Reply #6 posted 04/28/16 6:01am

Robbajobba

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Yup - still got an Issue 1 somewhere. What a fanzine. Never met Eileen, but had a couple of notes from her - she seemed lovely.

Was also a member of the Crystal Ball for a while - went to the party/celebration that Chris Dawson organised at the Astoria 2 (I think) - must have been around 1988/89.

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Reply #7 posted 04/28/16 6:11am

mattj

Met Eileen a couple of times at concerts .. I remember twins girls (Dutch I think) who we used to see at all the concerts..we were asked to stay behind after a concert and P came on stage dressed casually in converse trainers and was filming us for crowd scenes (he was playing i feel for u i think?) I can now been seen in the the "Live 4 Love " video .. my claim to fame

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Reply #8 posted 04/28/16 6:17am

rightbluecheek

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Yes, I used to be a member too...I bought tickets for the Lovesexy tour from them. That was quite a longm time ago smile
"No one plays the clarinet the way U play my heart"
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Reply #9 posted 04/28/16 9:21am

SquirrelMeat

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mattj said:

Met Eileen a couple of times at concerts .. I remember twins girls (Dutch I think) who we used to see at all the concerts..we were asked to stay behind after a concert and P came on stage dressed casually in converse trainers and was filming us for crowd scenes (he was playing i feel for u i think?) I can now been seen in the the "Live 4 Love " video .. my claim to fame



Me too biggrin Maybe we met.

Did anyone else go the first Controversy Party? It was at the Ambassadors hotel in Bloomsbury if I recall (Early 87?). There was a quiz and load of people got annoyed about the Terry Lewis question. My mum sewed buttons on my trouser before I went.

Happy days.

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Reply #10 posted 04/28/16 10:14am

peppeken

Yes and so glad I still have many of the mags. Still have the membership card. Used to love the news phone line you could call for news.
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Reply #11 posted 04/28/16 10:20am

BklynDiamond

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Yes

Because of their half-baked mistakes, we get ice cream, no cake; all lies, no truth; is it fair to Kill the YOUTH ~~ Party Up
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Reply #12 posted 04/28/16 10:25am

itsjustaroundt
hecorner

OH MAN

when those magazines came in the mailbox.. it was like CHRISTMAS !!!

Best day ever.....

I think i have my stache of them at my parents house.... I have GOT to get my hands on them!

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Reply #13 posted 04/28/16 10:28am

1725topp

I was a Controversy member and want to shout out Edwena "Blue" (RIP) who was my US representative and helped me to convert my Lovesexy VHS tapes that I had purchased from Controversy to be able to play them in America. I had no idea about different VHS systems so I was so disappointed when they wouldn't play. But "Blue" helped me locate someone in my area who converted VHS tapes, and I enjoyed the remainder of my membership with Controversy. In fact, I still have the little care package of photos and whatnot that Controversy sent when they ended. On a similar note, I still remember the Prince Tape Lending Library that Edwena had in which you could send her a blank cassette and she would copy Boots for free. Man, that was wonderful. God, I loved that library. I've always been more into live boots than studio, and she had her full of each. So, thanks to Controvery and Edwena "Blue."

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Reply #14 posted 04/28/16 10:31am

bobgeorge2

Yes, it was being a member that got me into the aftershow after the wembley stadium concert in 1993. A night that will never ever be forgotten.

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Reply #15 posted 04/28/16 11:11am

MissMarySharon

I was a member from the early days. I think I still have pretty much a complete set of all the magazines. In the late 80's I was living in a remote part of Devon and the postman used to deliver late in the afternoon, oh the excitement when I would see that white envelope with "Controversy" stamped on it!

Eileen worked very hard for Prince and the fans. I think it got quite stressful for her in the end, I think she gave it up around the time of the Bagley's Warehouse gig?

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Reply #16 posted 04/28/16 11:12am

yoda7

Ah yes
Remember it well,long before the Internet and phones smaller than my hand!
Used to get so excited when the envelope arrived,the world felt so much smaller then,it was the best prince fan club that never was.
Used to pour over every page and when you got a chance to get tickets-oh man - best feeling ever.

Still can't believe he's not around-the excitement he brought coming on stage just to present a bloody award!

No one will ever compare
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Reply #17 posted 04/28/16 11:15am

SquirrelMeat

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MissMarySharon said:

I was a member from the early days. I think I still have pretty much a complete set of all the magazines. In the late 80's I was living in a remote part of Devon and the postman used to deliver late in the afternoon, oh the excitement when I would see that white envelope with "Controversy" stamped on it!

Eileen worked very hard for Prince and the fans. I think it got quite stressful for her in the end, I think she gave it up around the time of the Bagley's Warehouse gig?


Thats right. Prince wanted Controversy to stop, as he was launching his own mag.

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Reply #18 posted 04/28/16 11:17am

jaypotton

Yes I Was there from almost the beginning. Eileen did a great job. Shame it all went a bit wrong. Chris Dawson too and the Crystal Ball magazines which were beautiful.
'I loved him then, I love him now and will love him eternally. He's with our son now.' Mayte 21st April 2016 = the saddest quote I have ever read! RIP Prince and thanks for everything.
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Reply #19 posted 04/28/16 11:23am

malaguita23

Yes. Still trying to understand all this. So sad, so bad

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Reply #20 posted 04/28/16 11:26am

maplenpg

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Yep - I have fond memories of Eileen. I met a lovely woman who worked with her at one of the Manchester 2014 Prince concerts and we were chatting about how great a magazine it was. That's what I'll miss - I met some great people at Prince concerts.

We are all okay, as long as "we" are the ones living on top of the empire of eternal war. - Jaawwnn
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Reply #21 posted 04/28/16 11:29am

mattj

malaguita23 said:

Yes. Still trying to understand all this. So sad, so bad


It was all so intermet and secretive being a fan prince fan in those days...I think that's why I'm finding so hard that all things prince are out at the moment prince used to about snippets of news or exclusives
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Reply #22 posted 04/28/16 11:30am

SquirrelMeat

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jaypotton said:

Yes I Was there from almost the beginning. Eileen did a great job. Shame it all went a bit wrong. Chris Dawson too and the Crystal Ball magazines which were beautiful.

Chris actually started Controversy magazine, then Eileen came on board, then they went different ways and Chris did Crystal Ball.

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Reply #23 posted 04/28/16 2:14pm

NinaB

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I still have them, & the crystal ball mags. Ah those were the days, i used 2 go up HMV once a mnth 2 get my copy. Eileen was a lovely lady, it was because of her I got a front & center seat on the last night of the Nude Wembly run. What a night! I remember being green with envy reading about when they all went to mpls.
"We just let people talk & say whatever they want 2 say. 9 times out of 10, trust me, what's out there now, I wouldn't give nary one of these folks the time of day. That's why I don't say anything back, because there's so much that's wrong" - P, Dec '15
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Reply #24 posted 04/28/16 2:42pm

geetee71

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Another Controversy reader/member here. Started quite early - around issue #6 - and used to get them from the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street before I was able to subscribe directly.

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I never got to meet Eileen but I would often send in questions and she would always reply. A little later I remember getting tickets through the club - first for the ill-fated Blenheim Palace gig and then later scoring 2nd row tickets for one of the D&P shows at Earls Court.

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There was one story from the magazine that I always remember - the tale of how Eileen got to hear about a secret soundcheck prior to the Lovesexy shows and frantically scrabbled to try getting hold of those members she had a 'phone number for and then only a few of those being able to find the location of the rehearsal. (Youngsters don't appreciate how difficult things were before the internet & technology saved us!). I haven't done badly in my many years of Prince gig attendance but I always dreamed of seeing Prince play in such an intimate setting as that...

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Reply #25 posted 04/28/16 3:58pm

NinaB

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Oops! I meant Virgin not HMV
"We just let people talk & say whatever they want 2 say. 9 times out of 10, trust me, what's out there now, I wouldn't give nary one of these folks the time of day. That's why I don't say anything back, because there's so much that's wrong" - P, Dec '15
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Reply #26 posted 04/28/16 3:58pm

grantevans

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Yes I was. I remember it so well. I also have a full set of magazines. Chris Dawson sourced soem great stuff for me also. Remember seeing him at so many record fairs (especially Electric Ballroom in Camden)

Good times

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Reply #27 posted 04/28/16 4:00pm

NinaB

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mattj said:

Met Eileen a couple of times at concerts .. I remember twins girls (Dutch I think) who we used to see at all the concerts..we were asked to stay behind after a concert and P came on stage dressed casually in converse trainers and was filming us for crowd scenes (he was playing i feel for u i think?) I can now been seen in the the "Live 4 Love " video .. my claim to fame


I remember those twins, I have a clip of them waiting 4 P at Heathrow on an old vhs.
"We just let people talk & say whatever they want 2 say. 9 times out of 10, trust me, what's out there now, I wouldn't give nary one of these folks the time of day. That's why I don't say anything back, because there's so much that's wrong" - P, Dec '15
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Reply #28 posted 04/28/16 5:32pm

scs2000

Yes.

I started getting issues somewhere in the late teens or twenty. I remember one time I was diggin through the shelves and lucked out and found issue 8 still there! biggrin

Back than that was the only connection to what was going on in Prince's world. One couldn't turn on the computer. I was young and thought that magazine would last forever.

I remember getting them I think it was Sam Goody near Woodland Hills.

I know I still have my member card.

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Reply #29 posted 04/28/16 5:36pm

scs2000

MissMarySharon said:

In the late 80's I was living in a remote part of Devon and the postman used to deliver late in the afternoon, oh the excitement when I would see that white envelope with "Controversy" stamped on it!

Yes !

The white envelope, I remember it well. Great memories of younger days

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