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Thread started 08/29/19 8:13am

soladeo1

Songs By Other Artists That Prince Privately Adored...

"Privately adored" in that the general public didn't know he liked the song because he never covered it live very much and didn't rave about it in the press...ala, A CASE OF YOU...

Here are some...

DRIVE by THE CARS - Supposedly, according to Wendy & Lisa, he loved this song and liked to play it while...well, driving around Minneapolis...

ONCE IN A LIFETIME by THE TALKING HEADS - during soundchecks during the 1999 tour he'd frequently intersperse bits of this song within others during FONKY improvisations to great effect.

LUKE by SUZANNE VEGA - Prince wrote her a private note in the mid 80s saying how much he loved the song.

THE WHOLE OF THE MOON by THE WATERBOYS - Ironic that Prince played this fantastic song live a few times and that it's rumored that the song was actually inspired by him! Specifically, the follow-up to PURPLE RAIN being the song's heroes "Flying too high to the Sun" moment....

What are the others?

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Reply #1 posted 08/29/19 6:08pm

coldasice

A Case of You & Sweet Thing, played them his entire career
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Reply #2 posted 08/30/19 1:28am

robertgeorge

Karma Chameleon by Culture Club. Boy George claimed someone in the Prince campe told him that he thought Karma Chameleon was "bad"

Addicted to Love Robet Palmer. I recall U Got the Look was his attempt to have a hit song with this song as inspiration. Obviously the songs are quite different, but this song was a starting off point.

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Reply #3 posted 08/30/19 1:32am

robertgeorge

soladeo1 said:

"Privately adored" in that the general public didn't know he liked the song because he never covered it live very much and didn't rave about it in the press...ala, A CASE OF YOU...

Here are some...

DRIVE by THE CARS - Supposedly, according to Wendy & Lisa, he loved this song and liked to play it while...well, driving around Minneapolis...

ONCE IN A LIFETIME by THE TALKING HEADS - during soundchecks during the 1999 tour he'd frequently intersperse bits of this song within others during FONKY improvisations to great effect.

LUKE by SUZANNE VEGA - Prince wrote her a private note in the mid 80s saying how much he loved the song.

THE WHOLE OF THE MOON by THE WATERBOYS - Ironic that Prince played this fantastic song live a few times and that it's rumored that the song was actually inspired by him! Specifically, the follow-up to PURPLE RAIN being the song's heroes "Flying too high to the Sun" moment....

What are the others?

When Susan Vega performed her song at an award show, Prince was the first to stand up and give her a standing ovation. it is on youtube somewhere. SInce this song is about abuse, it makes me wonder if Prince just responded to the message or it related to his life - Papa erc.

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Reply #4 posted 08/30/19 1:57am

darlingnikkkki

Oh Sheila lol
"I want to be the only one you come for...."
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Reply #5 posted 08/30/19 3:44am

NouveauDance

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robertgeorge said:

Karma Chameleon by Culture Club. Boy George claimed someone in the Prince campe told him that he thought Karma Chameleon was "bad"

Assume this means good/bad as per the thread title and not bad/bad? lol

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Reply #6 posted 08/30/19 4:45am

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NouveauDance said:

robertgeorge said:

Karma Chameleon by Culture Club. Boy George claimed someone in the Prince campe told him that he thought Karma Chameleon was "bad"

Assume this means good/bad as per the thread title and not bad/bad? lol

Yes that is right. I put the quotes round this to show it was actually a quote, and also to show it was the slang bad which means good or cool. A bit hard to tell sometime when just written.

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Reply #7 posted 08/30/19 7:56am

PeggyO

Someone said he liked the Foo Fighters, Led Z. He seemed to cover "Play That Funky Music, White Boy" more than once.

He may have admired some of RadioHead's stuff; he covered "Creep" at Coachella.

"Love is a Losing Game" by Amy W.

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Reply #8 posted 08/31/19 5:59am

funksterr

Strung Out - Johnny Guitar Watson. Really all of JGW.

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Reply #9 posted 09/05/19 11:47am

Revolution81

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He recorded his own version of Katie Melua's "If You Were a Sailboat" (with altered lyrics) so i'm guessing he was pretty fond of that song

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Reply #10 posted 09/05/19 12:06pm

TheTruth123

PeggyO said:

Someone said he liked the Foo Fighters, Led Z. He seemed to cover "Play That Funky Music, White Boy" more than once.


He may have admired some of RadioHead's stuff; he covered "Creep" at Coachella.


"Love is a Losing Game" by Amy W.



Definitely Amy Winehouse. However in the new article about his autobiography in the New Yorker, The author Dan says that Prince described something about the lead singer of Led Z’s screams being what I took to mean as “evil”. And he was right. There is something very evil about a lot of rock ‘n’ roll. But not Prince’s singing.
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Reply #11 posted 09/05/19 12:22pm

kookooman73

Just My Imagination. I LOVE his versions on the Lovesexy rehearsals ‘Sitting In This Cafe, Waiting For My Baby.’ . Hoping for a studio version one day. 💜
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Reply #12 posted 09/05/19 12:33pm

funkaholic1972

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funksterr said:

Strung Out - Johnny Guitar Watson. Really all of JGW.

I love JGW! cool

How did you found out about Prince's love for JGW?

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time!
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Reply #13 posted 09/05/19 3:17pm

PeggyO

TheTruth123 said:

PeggyO said:

Someone said he liked the Foo Fighters, Led Z. He seemed to cover "Play That Funky Music, White Boy" more than once.

He may have admired some of RadioHead's stuff; he covered "Creep" at Coachella.

"Love is a Losing Game" by Amy W.

Definitely Amy Winehouse. However in the new article about his autobiography in the New Yorker, The author Dan says that Prince described something about the lead singer of Led Z’s screams being what I took to mean as “evil”. And he was right. There is something very evil about a lot of rock ‘n’ roll. But not Prince’s singing.

He played "Whole Lotta Love" a number of times on tour (Led Z)

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Reply #14 posted 09/05/19 3:21pm

PeggyO

I somehow feel he may have admired Jeff Beck's guitar skills.

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Reply #15 posted 09/05/19 3:43pm

poppys

According to the New Yorker article on his coming biography, September - Earth, Wind & Fire and Skin Tight - Ohio Players were high on the list.

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Reply #16 posted 09/05/19 3:54pm

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funksterr said:

Strung Out - Johnny Guitar Watson. Really all of JGW.


Cool. Still have some cassettes.

[Edited 9/5/19 15:59pm]

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Reply #17 posted 09/06/19 5:12am

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funksterr said:

Strung Out - Johnny Guitar Watson. Really all of JGW.

I hear it nod "Baby's in love with radio" (where he shouted out couple of folks including Prince) came through the shuffle while I was driving to work the other day, and thought to myself there's no way Prince wasn't influenced by Johnny's rhythm guitar playing.

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