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Thread started 03/22/18 12:36pm

soladeo1

Who of Prince's contemporaries did he REALLY like? And privately listen too and be inspired by??

I get a sense that Prince truly loved these artists and bands and privately listened to them for inspoiration and enjoyment...

James Brown (of course...)

Joni Mitchell (duh...)

Jimi Hendrix

Carlos Santana

The Beatles and/Led Zeppelin (after W&L exposed him to them...)

Milles Davis

Gladys Knight

The Staples Singers

The Ohio Players

Also...

The Cars (he loved the song DRIVE, supposedly)

The Talking Heads (he often spliced parts of The Talking Heads songs in his pre-show soundcheck jams, especially in the 1999 Era...)

Gary Numan (HUGE influence on 1999)

Who else??

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Reply #1 posted 03/22/18 1:52pm

pinkcashmere23

They released the playlist that Prince put together for his house party on New Girl with some of his favorite artists and songs.I made my own playlist from it.He had some nice songs on it.He also put together a playlist for 3rd Eye TV that included Fleetwood Mac,Marvin Gaye,Al Green,Dionne Warwick and Sade.He seemed to regularly listen to Bill Withers,Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles as well.

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Reply #2 posted 03/22/18 8:25pm

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Sly Stone and Stevie Wonder

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Reply #3 posted 03/22/18 9:10pm

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Stevie Wonder
Live 4 Love ~ Love is God, God is love, Girls and boys love God above
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Reply #4 posted 03/23/18 3:09am

BlueShakooo

Kate Bush

and maybe Ani DiFranco and Björk

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Reply #5 posted 03/23/18 3:37am

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Larry Graham, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power...
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Reply #6 posted 03/23/18 3:38am

OperatingTheta
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George Clinton, P-Funk...
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Reply #7 posted 03/23/18 3:42am

Neversin

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Stevie Wonder, David Bowie some, I know he had a pretty extensive library of Thelonious Monk recordings...
And he was a pretty big Nine Inch Nails fan...

Plus a massive set of James Brown bootlegs...


Neversin.

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Reply #8 posted 03/23/18 4:29am

spacedolphin

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Beyonce, Willow Smith, Maceo Parker, Hiatus Kaiyote

music Don't wanna be an American idiot music
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Reply #9 posted 03/23/18 9:02am

Isabell

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Betty Davis
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Reply #10 posted 03/23/18 12:46pm

SimonCharles

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I reckon he would have listened to a bit of Blondie, too...and, I like to think, some Adam and the Ants.

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Reply #11 posted 03/23/18 1:41pm

BlueShakooo

BlueShakooo said:

Kate Bush


and maybe Ani DiFranco and Björk


I forgot:
Jill Jones mentioned he liked Devo in the 80's.
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Reply #12 posted 03/23/18 1:43pm

StrangeButTrue

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He didn't admire, keep in touch with, like, listen to, become inspired by, or collaborate with Madonna. lol

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Someone said maybe Bjork lmfao I love the org

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Reply #13 posted 03/23/18 5:50pm

BlueShakooo

StrangeButTrue said:

He didn't admire, keep in touch with, like, listen to, become inspired by, or collaborate with Madonna. lol


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Someone said maybe Bjork lmfao I love the org



There was an interview around '95 (I think Q-Magazine) where he mentioned the innovative spirit of Björk.
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Reply #14 posted 03/25/18 5:41am

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Apparently he was a Cocteau Twins fan! This fact always surprises me, on the whole he seemed to be influenced more by classic 60s fare (James Brown, Sly, Hendrix etc), rather than contemporary alternative stuff from the 80s.

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