June 7, 2008
Prince: This is what it sounds like
Today is the little Purple Man's 50th Birthday! Eye'd buy him "a little box with a mirror and a tongue inside" if he hadn't turned into a tiny purple prick, suing everyone, not capitalizing on remastering his back catalog and annually releasing an album not worthy of his legacy. Oh well.
Eye always loved how Mr. Blackwell described Prince: "A toothpick wrapped in a purple doilie." Wicked. Below are my lists. It's hard 2 hate him when eye think of the great, emotional music he has given 2 the world.
XO's Top 10 Plus One Prince Singles:
Sign O' The Times
My favorite Prince song and his artistic peak.
When Doves Cry
The first time eye was truly challenged by a song. Radio was CHANGED.
Pure pop. Like air conditioning on a summer day...in Nice.
What needs 2 b said?
Little Red Corvette
Album version always superior 4 its ending minutes.
I Would Die 4 U
Can u do the hand motions? I can.
Krissy, u have my love 4 giving me the great memory of this 1.
If I Was Your Girlfriend
The song that launched a thousand handjobs.
Women not girls rule my world.
Extended version is best.
Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad
This has aged very well! Find this if u don't know it.
XO's Top 10 Plus One Prince Album/B-side Tracks
The Question Of U
Grind! The finest use ever of handclaps and "hahs"!
Alexa de Paris
Gorgeous 5-minute orchestral used in Under The Cherry Moon.
Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
Ballad from 1999, a lost classic. Vocal ecstasy.
Sometimes It Snows In April
At his heighth, an unexpected, 7-minute piano-based folk ballad.
The Holy River
Eye once saw Shawn Colvin do an impeccable cover of this
Joy In Repetition
"My name is Andre Crabtree the Third"
Spine tingling, always.
Love is God, God is Love, girls and boys love God above.
B-side to Doves. Bitter and elegant.
She's Always In My Hair
The best of his psychedlic era. A b-side superior 2 its a-side.
One of the prettiest, most passionate songs ever recorded. MY GOD.
No one will ever match these songs. Ever. Regardless of how the last 10 years have played out, Prince remains our greatest living musician.
Trivia: Do you kids remember that one of the songs above has a much more complicated title? What is it?