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Reply #30 posted 09/30/20 2:41pm

Wolfie87

If I Was Your Girlfriend

I've heard this song in at least Four different variants and everytime it works brilliant. Too quote him from the Las Vegas show in 2006. " I gotta let it breathe" and to quote Toejam from P&B PODCAST: "You can put on that song for a whole day, and I would never miss a beat."

And the hollow, simplicity yet unbelievable groove is what makes that song for me. That Bass, that lovely heavenly BASS!

And I just know in the back of my head that the Synth leadline is My first Prince memory as a little child. Was afraid of him during my childhood when I saw that Sexy MF video. He looked like a bad or evil guy.

But then I heard IIWYGF later in my teenage years and instantly recalled that synth hook. Made me interested of Prince and in my early twenties (2011) I took the step into his musical world. Never been the same since.
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Reply #31 posted 09/30/20 2:53pm

Apollo85

Lady Cab Driver. Easily.

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Reply #32 posted 09/30/20 2:59pm

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Damn U! Prince's vocals on that track are phenomenal as well as the musical arrangement.

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Reply #33 posted 09/30/20 3:06pm

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Jughead
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Reply #34 posted 09/30/20 3:09pm

SPYZFAN1

"Crystal Ball"...To be able to sit behind the drum kit for 10 minutes and map out a whole entire song like that in his mind (before laying down the other instruments/voices) is amazing. All the stops, dynamics, tempo changes..it's unreal.

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Reply #35 posted 09/30/20 3:29pm

rednblue

joyinrepetition said:

Damn U! Prince's vocals on that track are phenomenal as well as the musical arrangement.


That's a top answer for me, and ditto on the vocals and arrangement.

Sorry OP, as this isn't following directions, but since one person declined to give a song, will make up for it and add...

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Here's a pick for a genius song from that Tora Tora artist:

The Exodus Has Begun

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Reply #36 posted 09/30/20 3:42pm

kingricefan

joyinrepetition said:

Damn U! Prince's vocals on that track are phenomenal as well as the musical arrangement.

It's between Damn U and Solo for me. Solo gets a little nudge over Damn U just for the simplicity of the song as an acapella triumph. But Damn U has all of the tight arrangement and beautiful instrumentations along with his magnificent vocal gymnastics.

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Reply #37 posted 09/30/20 3:50pm

RJOrion

shakalakaboom said:

Jughead




LOL...there's always one... and btw, i LOVE "Jughead"... but stop playin 😎
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Reply #38 posted 09/30/20 4:27pm

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Wolfie87 said:

If I Was Your Girlfriend


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Reply #39 posted 09/30/20 5:08pm

datdude

wait, there's a song called Little NikkiπŸ˜³πŸ˜„.this is too hard but for a familiar person not convinced of his genius. i'd nominate Crysrall Ball too....as of 8:05 PM EST, 9.30.20πŸ˜‰
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Reply #40 posted 09/30/20 5:27pm

Margot

WDC

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Reply #41 posted 09/30/20 6:09pm

Margot

Margot said:

WDC

LRC-Sophisticated use of metaphor (for such a young guy)

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Reply #42 posted 09/30/20 6:15pm

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"Crystal Ball" is a great choice, as are several others in this thread.

I'll put forward "Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)". The tense drum machine, the alien synth motif competing with the "warm" synth pads, the guttural screams - it's incredible. I find it spellbinding in every variation, including the original studio version to the various live incarnations.

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Reply #43 posted 09/30/20 6:15pm

SoulAlive

the song β€œ1999”....I was blown away when I first heard it in the summer of β€˜82.It was unlike anything else on the radio....so bold,unique and futuristic!
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Reply #44 posted 09/30/20 6:16pm

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SoulAlive said:

the song β€œ1999”....I was blown away when I first heard it in the summer of β€˜82.It was unlike anything else on the radio....so bold,unique and futuristic!


That's another one. bow

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Reply #45 posted 09/30/20 6:24pm

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Nothing from Purple Rain will be a popular choice BUT: the production on Little Nikki is genius.
Listen to it. The words, the music, the instruments, the voice....those little wooow screams at the right time.

It's breathtaking and hair-raising at the same time.


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Reply #46 posted 09/30/20 6:38pm

RJOrion

SoulAlive said:

the song β€œ1999”....I was blown away when I first heard it in the summer of β€˜82.It was unlike anything else on the radio....so bold,unique and futuristic!



i was a Prince hater until i heard that song...thats the one that converted me for good
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Reply #47 posted 09/30/20 8:59pm

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One Song

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Reply #48 posted 09/30/20 11:30pm

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WDC because it shouldn't work, and he made it a pop hit out of something experimental that moved the cultural dial forward.


Beautiful Ones would be my real pick though. Everything you need to know about Prince's genius is in that.

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Reply #49 posted 10/01/20 12:09am

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"When Doves Cry" immediately came to my mind as well. It's a perfect song, from the arrangement to the lyrics, and sounds like nothing else that came before it or since for that matter.

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Reply #50 posted 10/01/20 12:33am

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xpertluva said:

"When Doves Cry" immediately came to my mind as well. It's a perfect song, from the arrangement to the lyrics, and sounds like nothing else that came before it or since for that matter.





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Reply #51 posted 10/01/20 12:38am

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RJOrion said:

SoulAlive said:
the song β€œ1999”....I was blown away when I first heard it in the summer of β€˜82.It was unlike anything else on the radio....so bold,unique and futuristic!
i was a Prince hater until i heard that song...thats the one that converted me for good

I'm sure that this song made many people pay attention to Prince smile

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Reply #52 posted 10/01/20 7:58am

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There are many, but one that leaps to mind is In This Bed I Scream. No other pop musician could do something like that.

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Reply #53 posted 10/01/20 8:08am

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Every answer given so far is wrong. There is not one song that can "prove" that Prince or James Brown or Frank Zappa or Bob Dylan or [insert name of any artist] is a genius. Because you can't "prove" that someone is a genius. You can take any song mentioned here, let somebody listen to it and there's a chance that that person will say: hmmm, doesn't do anything for me.
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Reply #54 posted 10/01/20 8:25am

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You could argue that Prince's genuis was in the breadth and scope of his music. His ability to dip into any genre, blend genres, evolve genres, etc. The ability of one man do so many different things both technically and artistically is staggering.

In which case, there's no one song to prove his genuis -- it's his catologue (or at least a portion of it) taken collectively.



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Reply #55 posted 10/01/20 8:49am

jazzz

Good Love
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All my Dreams
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Reply #56 posted 10/01/20 9:08am

rednblue

SantanaMaitreya said:

Every answer given so far is wrong. There is not one song that can "prove" that Prince or James Brown or Frank Zappa or Bob Dylan or [insert name of any artist] is a genius. Because you can't "prove" that someone is a genius. You can take any song mentioned here, let somebody listen to it and there's a chance that that person will say: hmmm, doesn't do anything for me.


Appreciate this. Lurker316's point, too.

Got one question, though. Does a song have to resonate with everyone to be suggestive of genius?

For example, can the way a song resonates strongly with multitudes of others suggest genius?

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Reply #57 posted 10/01/20 10:00am

nelcp777

The Question of U

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Reply #58 posted 10/01/20 10:37am

jfenster

Beautiful strange
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Reply #59 posted 10/01/20 10:58am

LoveGalore

WDC, Computer Blue, Erotic City, Question of U, and probably Cream.

I don't care if any of it was done or not done by the time he put out a song.
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