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Thread started 01/17/21 12:15pm

JayCrawford

What made you become a Prince fan?

What started it all for you?
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Reply #1 posted 01/17/21 3:25pm

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The Lovesexy concert from Dortmund on tv in the middle of the night in 1988. I could hardly keep my eyes open, I didn't know most of the songs, but I knew I had to buy this guy's new album. And then I got all the others.
O tempora! O mores!
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Reply #2 posted 01/17/21 5:25pm

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1999 seeing him on Mtv and what made me realize I would be a lifelong loyal fan the Around The World In A Day album.
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Reply #3 posted 01/17/21 5:47pm

wilmer

I credit one song When Doves Cry. That one had me.
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Reply #4 posted 01/17/21 5:49pm

looby

When I first heard his song International Lover. I think it was either on the radio, or hearing it being played loudly from our neighborhood bar. I remember loving the song, and his voice, even though I didn't know who he was at the time, and didn't know what he looked like, then when I finally saw him, I fell in love with him too. I thought Prince was the most handsome and sexiest guy ever! lol

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Reply #5 posted 01/17/21 7:53pm

Margot

He sexy...

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Reply #6 posted 01/17/21 8:07pm

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Little Red Corvette
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Reply #7 posted 01/18/21 12:43am

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When I saw Prince on Mtv in 1991 and the Diamonds and pearls album.
We are living in Orwell's 1984
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Reply #8 posted 01/18/21 1:39am

Nuernberg72

The Glam Slam Video💖
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Reply #9 posted 01/18/21 5:00am

dopedog

Purple Rain was on the tv in the UK in 1988, was on in the background, wasn’t a fan of Prince at all but it drew me in more and more. Then Lovesexy was shown a few weeks later and it blew me away! Couldn’t believe how amazing a performer he was, and i was hooked.
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Reply #10 posted 01/18/21 6:12am

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Hearing 'Letitgo' constantly on Long Wave Radio Atlantic 252 in the Summer of '94. Bought the CD single and then a few months later listened to The Hits 1 by which point he was in the UK on The Ultimate Live Experience tour and was all over UK TV and press. At this time I saw The Beautiful Experience and heard 'Days Of Wild' ...I was hooked!

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Reply #11 posted 01/18/21 7:23am

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It was the 90s.
Funky prince in the 90s.
All that good stuff.
D&p, symbol, gold.
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Reply #12 posted 01/18/21 7:57am

Ramzoo

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Summer 84': Whend Doves Cry

Since then:

-27 concerts

-5 aftershows

-all official Japanese releases including SOTT 7" singles box set, sealed/framed 12'' (America, Raspberry Beret, The Screams Of Passion from The Family...), Crystal Ball (from npgmc), one framed pic from Jeff Katz...

-Trips to Minneapolis

I like Prince so much & I'm really thankful for the music he left.

RIP.

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Reply #13 posted 01/18/21 8:30am

ufoclub

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I thought the Little Red Corvette video was damn cool, and then when I saw the Irresistible Bitch / Possesed performance on the conert video, I was a fan for sure.

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Reply #14 posted 01/18/21 8:34am

herb4

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Short answer? MTV

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Reply #15 posted 01/18/21 10:10am

funkaholic1972

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herb4 said:

Short answer? MTV

Yep! cool

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time!
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Reply #16 posted 01/18/21 10:36am

RJOrion

1999 album... as much as i disliked Prince at the time, the single "1999" was so damn catchy and funky, i couldnt hate it..i secretly loved it... then i heard "Something In The Water", and that song was word for word what i was going through with this young lady i was madly in love with at the time, not to mention the music for that song sounded like nothing before or after.. seems like his lyrics would always say the things that i would say, if i were a famous gifted songwriter musician. Even his spiritual evolutions seemed to follow a similar timeline as mine... it almost seems like the reason i hated him early on, is because he was LIVING the same exact life i was DREAMING of living, at almost the same exact times.. being that hes just a few years older...i kind of always imagined him as my brother from another mother...shit, even Mattie Shaw (RIP) and my mother have very similar physical features.
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Reply #17 posted 01/18/21 12:59pm

herb4

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RJOrion said:

1999 album... as much as i disliked Prince at the time,


Why did you dislike him before that?

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Reply #18 posted 01/18/21 1:18pm

RJOrion

herb4 said:



RJOrion said:


1999 album... as much as i disliked Prince at the time,


Why did you dislike him before that?




growing up in New York in the 70s, lets just say in the behinning of his career, i felt the same way about P that Rick James did... he was trying to be white...and too effeminate...i was a teenager to early 20s then, though... and times were way different
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Reply #19 posted 01/18/21 1:22pm

RJOrion

when Rick James did that interview and said Prince and Michael Jackson were puppets and sellouts for MTV, alot if people in the black community felt that and believed it
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Reply #20 posted 01/18/21 1:45pm

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RJOrion said:

herb4 said:


Why did you dislike him before that?

growing up in New York in the 70s, lets just say in the behinning of his career, i felt the same way about P that Rick James did... he was trying to be white...and too effeminate...i was a teenager to early 20s then, though... and times were way different [Edited 1/18/21 13:18pm]


So uhhh...you're saying the 1999 videos really dialed up the masculinity then?

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Reply #21 posted 01/18/21 2:06pm

alphastreet

The purple rain singles made me love him but casually. When I bought the hits later on, I bought some more albums of his and appreciated his artistry, especially from the 70s and 80s
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Reply #22 posted 01/18/21 2:28pm

RJOrion

herb4 said:



RJOrion said:


herb4 said:



Why did you dislike him before that?



growing up in New York in the 70s, lets just say in the behinning of his career, i felt the same way about P that Rick James did... he was trying to be white...and too effeminate...i was a teenager to early 20s then, though... and times were way different [Edited 1/18/21 13:18pm]


So uhhh...you're saying the 1999 videos really dialed up the masculinity then?




no i didnt say that at all... a quick and easy read between the lines would reveal that i changed, not Prince or his videos
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Reply #23 posted 01/18/21 3:41pm

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RJOrion said:

herb4 said:


So uhhh...you're saying the 1999 videos really dialed up the masculinity then?

no i didnt say that at all... a quick and easy read between the lines would reveal that i changed, not Prince or his videos [Edited 1/18/21 14:28pm]


It was a joke, dude.

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Reply #24 posted 01/18/21 4:58pm

RJOrion

herb4 said:



RJOrion said:


herb4 said:



So uhhh...you're saying the 1999 videos really dialed up the masculinity then?



no i didnt say that at all... a quick and easy read between the lines would reveal that i changed, not Prince or his videos [Edited 1/18/21 14:28pm]


It was a joke, dude.



i suppose im mistaken...it looked like a question
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Reply #25 posted 01/18/21 5:14pm

Margot

A little off-topic--

From my perspective as a woman, I always perceived Prince to be very masculine.

His voice was deep and sexy.

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Reply #26 posted 01/21/21 12:09am

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Margot said:

A little off-topic--

From my perspective as a woman, I always perceived Prince to be very masculine.

His voice was deep and sexy.


Which might be why they said they changed, rather than Prince, but hard to guess.

Yeah it's interesting though in retrospect that his masculinity was always present, because he was damn near Sylvester out there, bordering on Rocky Horror style drag, but nobody halfway hip had trouble differentiating. It's something that fascinates me. The more he played with gender, the clearer his sexuality was.

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Reply #27 posted 01/22/21 9:46pm

khill95

I can't pinpoint a specific moment however, I had many moments where he literallyu took my breath away. Some are his performance of "Head" in Detroit in 1986, "Purple Rain" in Syracuse in 1985, his guitar solo during "I Wish You Heaven" in 1988 in Dortmund, discovering how much material he had in his vault and how a vast majority of that material could have been released on albums because it was that good, the piano medley in Dortmund, I could go on and on. One thing that keeps bringing me back, especially now, is how high of a quality his music was upheld to even in his later years.

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Reply #28 posted 01/23/21 2:17am

Purplegarden

Seeing the video for Cream on TV did it for me. The singing, dancing and overall catchiness of that song.

I had known Prince since LRC, but never gone beyond kind of liking songs on the radio, by late 91 a lot of the music I loved was played out, Color Me Badd, Vanilla Ice etc.

It was time for something new and I realised here was a talented artist, with funky music who sang and played everything and could still write funky and catchy songs after a decade. Plus I will admit being 15, the sex quotient of that funky song really caught me.

I bought the cassingle and never looked back!

I got plenty good loving for ya baby
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Reply #29 posted 01/23/21 2:55pm

Blondies1973

I had heard a few songs, from Lovesexy I think, and kind of liked them. Then I remember the cutest girl in my high school class saying one day, ”don’t you just love Prince?” and recommending Cream, which had just come out. I bought the album with her very much in mind, so to say, but was immediately floored by the whole album. I dived into his back catalogue almost immediately and haven’t looked back since. (Edit: didn’t realise @purplegarden had written almost the same. 😀)
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