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Thread started 06/13/16 8:48pm

surelyafan

Why Purple?

Has Prince ever discussed why he chose Purple? Has any reporter ever asked him? I have read/seen many interviews and no one ever asked him this question. It is like Purple and Prince were a given.

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Reply #1 posted 06/13/16 8:52pm

GeniusLuv

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Purple is a majestic color and he was royalty biggrin

''The beautiful ones they hurt you every tiiiiime....''

yes RIP BEAUTIFUL ONES: Prince & Denise 2016
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Reply #2 posted 06/13/16 8:56pm

surelyafan

GeniusLuv said:

Purple is a majestic color and he was royalty biggrin

Yes, it is, but I wanted to hear Prince's reasoning behind it. I wanted to hear the back story...if there even was one.

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Reply #3 posted 06/13/16 8:56pm

morningsong

Team color. I forgot where I got that information, but it's tied to Minnesota.
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Reply #4 posted 06/13/16 8:58pm

nursev

A MF just liked Purple lol I use to hate it til I found out I look good in it lol

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Reply #5 posted 06/13/16 8:58pm

suomynona

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Not sure if you're serious or not. But just in case you're not...

Purple is the royal color. Prince is his name. Most Prince's come from royalty.

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Reply #6 posted 06/13/16 8:59pm

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nursev said:

A MF just liked Purple lol I use to hate it til I found out I look good in it lol

That's because you're a Royal Nurse. lol

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Reply #7 posted 06/13/16 9:00pm

nursev

purplethunder3121 said:

nursev said:

A MF just liked Purple lol I use to hate it til I found out I look good in it lol

That's because you're a Royal Nurse. lol

lol batting eyes lol

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Reply #8 posted 06/13/16 9:05pm

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I read in an article that it traces back to his grade school years back in the early 60's. There was a popular game at the time called "color the chicken", and kids would close their eyes and randomly pick a color from a crayon box. He chose purple and really liked it. It stuck with him the rest of his life.
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Reply #9 posted 06/13/16 9:09pm

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setyrmindphree said:

I read in an article that it traces back to his grade school years back in the early 60's. There was a popular game at the time called "color the chicken", and kids would close their eyes and randomly pick a color from a crayon box. He chose purple and really liked it. It stuck with him the rest of his life.

If your name was Prince, wouldn't you pick the royal color, too. biggrin

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Reply #10 posted 06/13/16 9:12pm

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nursev said:

purplethunder3121 said:

That's because you're a Royal Nurse. lol

lol batting eyes lol

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Reply #11 posted 06/13/16 9:22pm

nursev

purplethunder3121 said:

nursev said:

lol batting eyes lol

love it falloff

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Reply #12 posted 06/13/16 9:22pm

nursev

setyrmindphree said:

I read in an article that it traces back to his grade school years back in the early 60's. There was a popular game at the time called "color the chicken", and kids would close their eyes and randomly pick a color from a crayon box. He chose purple and really liked it. It stuck with him the rest of his life.

adorable

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Reply #13 posted 06/13/16 9:29pm

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surelyafan said:



GeniusLuv said:


Purple is a majestic color and he was royalty biggrin





Yes, it is, but I wanted to hear Prince's reasoning behind it. I wanted to hear the back story...if there even was one.




He actually answered this question in an interview in the 90's. It was a very Prince answer lol. I don't want to qoute it because I can't exactly remember what he said word for word. He said something about " red, blue, and the sky." Ugh I wish I could remember....it was years ago. Does anyone have this interview saved? Since you wanted to find his exact words on it, it may be a good read for you. I'm sorry, I don't have the interview. It might be good to read if you can find it though. wink
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Reply #14 posted 06/13/16 9:38pm

setyrmindphree

purplethunder3121 said:



setyrmindphree said:


I read in an article that it traces back to his grade school years back in the early 60's. There was a popular game at the time called "color the chicken", and kids would close their eyes and randomly pick a color from a crayon box. He chose purple and really liked it. It stuck with him the rest of his life.

If your name was Prince, wouldn't you pick the royal color, too. biggrin



Oh yeah, you know he was peeking. wink lol
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Reply #15 posted 06/13/16 9:43pm

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I always perceived hin using it because of a few reasons. One for its royalty connections, another due to him just liking it and three because it's a spiritual colour. Lots of heavy connections with spirituality lie within purple. Just look at a chart of the chakras and you'll see that the third eye and crown chakras are purple and lavender respectively.
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Reply #16 posted 06/13/16 11:13pm

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The Minnesota Vikings football team color is purple and he always loved and supported the local professional sports teams - specifically football and basketball (both the male and female pro teams).
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Reply #17 posted 06/13/16 11:16pm

MNredandblue

I read (not sure who said it, though) that purple was a blend of his masculine (blue) and feminine (pink) sides.
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Reply #18 posted 06/13/16 11:50pm

jimmy3121

sonshine said:

The Minnesota Vikings football team color is purple and he always loved and supported the local professional sports teams - specifically football and basketball (both the male and female pro teams).

Read that somewhere the Minnesota Vikings was the seed....going back before he splased the Vikings were known as " The Purple People Eaters" or something like that.

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Reply #19 posted 06/14/16 12:10am

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Angelsoncrack said:

I always perceived hin using it because of a few reasons. One for its royalty connections, another due to him just liking it and three because it's a spiritual colour. Lots of heavy connections with spirituality lie within purple. Just look at a chart of the chakras and you'll see that the third eye and crown chakras are purple and lavender respectively.

1. One for its royalty connections, (goes with purplethunder:"If your name was Prince, wouldn't you pick the royal color, too")

2. Another due to him just liking it

3. and three because it's a spiritual colour ( goes with angelsoncrack: "Lots of heavy connections with spirituality lie")

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4. Minnesota Vikings color is purple

5. setyrmindphree said,

"I read in an article that it traces back to his grade school years back in the early 60's. There was a popular game at the time called "color the chicken", and kids would close their eyes and randomly pick a color from a crayon box. He chose purple and really liked it. It stuck with him the rest of his life."
So maybe it was a Combination of all these.

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Reply #20 posted 06/14/16 1:20am

Bunsterdk

I read something along these lines in regard to purple rain. Not the song, but colour of the rain: That purple is the colour you get if you mix the blue of the water and the red of blood. Referring to Doomsday or something like that.

I actually think he just liked the colour and wanted to be cryptic. LOL

It's my favourite colour too, dating back well before Prince even began performing. I had a lovely dress in that exact colour when I was a young girl. He just had good taste that's all,. cool
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Reply #21 posted 06/14/16 5:21am

Sammieh

surelyafan said:

Has Prince ever discussed why he chose Purple? Has any reporter ever asked him? I have read/seen many interviews and no one ever asked him this question. It is like Purple and Prince were a given.

'cause Purple Music does the same to the brain as reefer and cocaine.

I just wondered the same question two days ago and came up that Purple Music might be one of the oldest Prince references to purple? Wasn't that song from Controversy area?

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Reply #22 posted 06/14/16 6:25am

Junglehop

Of course Prince also referenced 'purple' back in 1982 in the song 1999 - two years before his purple reign blew up in '84.

He said this about Purple Rain sometime in the 80's...

Fans have been trying to work out the meaning of "purple rain" for decades now. Some believe it’s about the end of the world, a theme Prince was interested in mid-80s. This quote from His Royal Badness suggests the apocalypse wasn’t far from his mind:

Prince: "When there’s blood in the sky - red and blue = purple.. purple rain pertains to the end of the world and being with the one you love and letting your faith/god guide you through the purple rain..."


A very Princey answer... haha

Found here: http://www.nme.com/blogs/...ERScuxX.99

[Edited 6/14/16 6:26am]

[Edited 6/14/16 6:27am]

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Reply #23 posted 06/14/16 9:13am

Miles

I agree with most of the points so far on this, but felt the need to add that he must have dug the music and words of Jimi Hendrix's song 'Purple Haze' and that this song may also be a reason for his identifying with purple.

I think mainly he just dug that colour and liked the royal connotations it has had historically.

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Reply #24 posted 06/14/16 9:41am

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purplethunder3121 said:



nursev said:


A MF just liked Purple lol I use to hate it til I found out I look good in it lol



That's because you're a Royal Nurse. lol


lol
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Reply #25 posted 06/14/16 10:25am

surelyafan

So many different answers from everyone claiming to know the purple origin, lol.

I asked if he was ever directly and answered directly. I guess he did kind of in that quote provided, but as someone mentioned he was using purple before Purple Rain.

Since it is such a signature of his, I am surprised this was not asked by journalists left and right. No one delved into the throught process of where the purple came from. I'm sure we can all guess, but we don't know for sure. Prince was never asked to discet his lyrics or the meaning behind what he did as much as other artist, like say the Beatles. Maybe journalists did ask him but he refused to answer. Who knows. Just another thing that adds to his mystique.

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Reply #26 posted 06/14/16 11:57am

morningsong

surelyafan said:

So many different answers from everyone claiming to know the purple origin, lol.

I asked if he was ever directly and answered directly. I guess he did kind of in that quote provided, but as someone mentioned he was using purple before Purple Rain.

Since it is such a signature of his, I am surprised this was not asked by journalists left and right. No one delved into the throught process of where the purple came from. I'm sure we can all guess, but we don't know for sure. Prince was never asked to discet his lyrics or the meaning behind what he did as much as other artist, like say the Beatles. Maybe journalists did ask him but he refused to answer. Who knows. Just another thing that adds to his mystique.



Personally, I don't think it's all that complicated even if it's wrong. His name is Prince, purple is a royal color. He was born and raised in Minn. it's the football team color he's been around all his life. The color is connected to every part of who he is/was.
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Reply #27 posted 06/14/16 2:02pm

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nursev said:

A MF just liked Purple lol I use to hate it til I found out I look good in it lol


Hello nurse batting eyes
Cant believe my purple psychedelic pimp slap pimp2

And I descend from grace, In arms of undertow
I will take my place, In the great below
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Reply #28 posted 06/14/16 2:07pm

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Junglehop said:

Of course Prince also referenced 'purple' back in 1982 in the song 1999 - two years before his purple reign blew up in '84.

He said this about Purple Rain sometime in the 80's...

Fans have been trying to work out the meaning of "purple rain" for decades now. Some believe it’s about the end of the world, a theme Prince was interested in mid-80s. This quote from His Royal Badness suggests the apocalypse wasn’t far from his mind:


Prince: "When there’s blood in the sky - red and blue = purple.. purple rain pertains to the end of the world and being with the one you love and letting your faith/god guide you through the purple rain..."


A very Princey answer... haha

Found here: http://www.nme.com/blogs/...ERScuxX.99



[Edited 6/14/16 6:26am]

[Edited 6/14/16 6:27am]



Wasn't that the answer to the 1999 line " the sky was all purple"
With blue skies and bombs blowing up the sky would turn purple
I recall him saying this in some 1997/98 interview
Cant believe my purple psychedelic pimp slap pimp2

And I descend from grace, In arms of undertow
I will take my place, In the great below
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Reply #29 posted 06/14/16 2:20pm

Junglehop

FragileUndertow said:

Junglehop said:

Of course Prince also referenced 'purple' back in 1982 in the song 1999 - two years before his purple reign blew up in '84.

He said this about Purple Rain sometime in the 80's...

Fans have been trying to work out the meaning of "purple rain" for decades now. Some believe it’s about the end of the world, a theme Prince was interested in mid-80s. This quote from His Royal Badness suggests the apocalypse wasn’t far from his mind:


Prince: "When there’s blood in the sky - red and blue = purple.. purple rain pertains to the end of the world and being with the one you love and letting your faith/god guide you through the purple rain..."


A very Princey answer... haha

Found here: http://www.nme.com/blogs/...ERScuxX.99



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[Edited 6/14/16 6:27am]



Wasn't that the answer to the 1999 line " the sky was all purple"
With blue skies and bombs blowing up the sky would turn purple
I recall him saying this in some 1997/98 interview



Nope... he's talking about Purple Rain - he mentions 'purple rain' TWICE in that quote!


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[Edited 6/14/16 14:24pm]
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