History Music / Prince

20th Apr '18 10:05:04 AM extrapettyhoe
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* AscendedFanboy: Much to the surprise of Zooey Deschanel, Prince happened to be a fan of the sitcom ''Series/NewGirl'' and eventually guest starred on it.
11th Mar '18 3:14:16 PM rjd1922
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It was at this point that Prince hit a DorkAge. With his commercial success and audience dwindling, Prince began publicly feuding with Warner Brothers over the terms of his contract. Albums of questionable quality were seeing release as a means to get out of his contract including, unsuccessfully, the release of the shelved ''Black Album'' in 1994. Prince even wrote "Slave" across his face for public appearances, and changed his name to the unpronounceable "[[LuckyCharmsTitle love symbol]]" in 1993, leading to [[TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX the nickname "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince"]]. Like The Revolution, the New Power Generation only received co-billing credit on three albums. This band stuck around well into the 2000s, however.

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It [[quoteright:115:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/prince_love_symbol.png]]It was at this point that Prince hit a DorkAge. With his commercial success and audience dwindling, Prince began publicly feuding with Warner Brothers over the terms of his contract. Albums of questionable quality were seeing release as a means to get out of his contract including, unsuccessfully, the release of the shelved ''Black Album'' in 1994. Prince even wrote "Slave" across his face for public appearances, and changed his name to the unpronounceable "[[LuckyCharmsTitle love symbol]]" in 1993, leading to [[TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX the nickname "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince"]]. Like The Revolution, the New Power Generation only received co-billing credit on three albums. This band stuck around well into the 2000s, however.
2nd Mar '18 2:40:37 AM jormis29
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Following a successful tour marred by occasional tension within the band, Prince & the Revolution released another successful album, ''Around the World in a Day'', this time amplifying the psychedelic elements hinted at with ''Purple Rain'' to a vaguely [[Music/TheBeatles Beatlesque]] sound. The resulting tour worsened intra-band tension due to Prince's recruitment of additional members (Susannah Melvoin, Eric Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, Jerome Benton, Wally Salford and Greg Brooks). He also began a new film project named ''Under the Cherry Moon'' a dramatic work starring Prince and Jerome Benton as thieves attempting to swindle the fortunes of an Parisian heiress. While ''Purple Rain'' had a lukewarm-but-positive reception, ''Cherry Moon'' was savaged by critics due to bad plot and acting, but the film's soundtrack album ''Parade'' did well on the charts, with its lead single "Kiss" becoming Prince's third #1 in the US. For the first time, Prince began selling better in Europe than in the United States.

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Following a successful tour marred by occasional tension within the band, Prince & the Revolution released another successful album, ''Around the World in a Day'', this time amplifying the psychedelic elements hinted at with ''Purple Rain'' to a vaguely [[Music/TheBeatles Beatlesque]] sound. The resulting tour worsened intra-band tension due to Prince's recruitment of additional members (Susannah Melvoin, Eric Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, Jerome Benton, Wally Salford and Greg Brooks). He also began a new film project named ''Under the Cherry Moon'' ''Film/UnderTheCherryMoon'' a dramatic work starring Prince and Jerome Benton as thieves attempting to swindle the fortunes of an Parisian heiress. While ''Purple Rain'' had a lukewarm-but-positive reception, ''Cherry Moon'' was savaged by critics due to bad plot and acting, but the film's soundtrack album ''Parade'' did well on the charts, with its lead single "Kiss" becoming Prince's third #1 in the US. For the first time, Prince began selling better in Europe than in the United States.



* 1986: ''Parade: Music from the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon'' (soundtrack album; with The Revolution)

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* 1986: ''Parade: Music from the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon'' Film/UnderTheCherryMoon'' (soundtrack album; with The Revolution)



* AuthorAvatar: The Kid in ''Film/PurpleRain'' and ''Graffiti Bridge'', plus his character in ''Under the Cherry Moon''. All two of them are really unpleasant, annoying folks.

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* AuthorAvatar: The Kid in ''Film/PurpleRain'' and ''Graffiti Bridge'', plus his character in ''Under the Cherry Moon''.''Film/UnderTheCherryMoon''. All two of them are really unpleasant, annoying folks.



* NonActorVehicle: ''Purple Rain'', ''Under the Cherry Moon'' and ''Graffiti Bridge''. Only the first is considered in any way good - more specifically, SoBadItsGood. Over the years UTCM has attained minor cult status among fans.

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* NonActorVehicle: ''Purple Rain'', ''Under the Cherry Moon'' ''Film/PurpleRain'', ''Film/UnderTheCherryMoon'' and ''Graffiti Bridge''.''Film/GraffitiBridge''. Only the first is considered in any way good - more specifically, SoBadItsGood. Over the years UTCM has attained minor cult status among fans.
15th Feb '18 12:56:11 AM madius
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-->'''Kevin Smith''': ''[recalling one of Prince's employees]'' "Let me explain something to you about Prince. Prince doesn't comprehend things the way you and I do...Prince has been living in Prince world for quite some time now."
** In one interview, Prince claimed that he was born epileptic and suffered from seizures in his childhood. Maybe that has something to do with it?

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-->'''Kevin Smith''': ''[recalling one of Prince's employees]'' "Let me explain something to you about Prince. Prince doesn't comprehend things the way you and I do...Prince has been living in Prince world World for quite some time now."
** In one interview, Prince claimed that he was born epileptic and suffered from seizures in his childhood. Maybe that has something childhood, and all but confirmed it in the lyrics to do with it?"The Sacrifice of Victor".



* NobodyLovesTheBassist: "When Doves Cry" is probably the most famous example of a song that doesn't even have a bass line.

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* NobodyLovesTheBassist: "When Doves Cry" is probably the most famous example of a song that doesn't even have a bass line. If that doesn't work, there's his other #1 single, "Kiss".


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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: For someone so heavily guarded and reclusive, it's astounding that Prince let a lot of personal details slide in "The Sacrifice of Victor", including being epileptic as a child due to a complication at birth (the liner notes include the word "TRUE" in reverse beside this lyric) and domestic abuse of himself and his mother at the hands of his father.
14th Feb '18 11:30:34 AM SeptimusHeap
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* AuthorAvatar: The Kid in ''PurpleRain'' and ''Graffiti Bridge'', plus his character in ''Under the Cherry Moon''. All two of them are really unpleasant, annoying folks.

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* AuthorAvatar: The Kid in ''PurpleRain'' ''Film/PurpleRain'' and ''Graffiti Bridge'', plus his character in ''Under the Cherry Moon''. All two of them are really unpleasant, annoying folks.
14th Feb '18 8:27:15 AM madius
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* TokenWhite: As part of Prince's goal to have a multi-ethnic, multi-gender band of musicians at all times, he did include at least one white member from time to time:
** Matt Fink spent 1978-1980 as one, until Lisa Coleman joined the band. Fink's tenure with Prince lasted in 1990, and that final year, he was the single white member of the band as well.
** Tommy Barbarella was part of The New Power Generation from 1992-1996.
** Candy Dulfer also spent time in The NPG from 2002-2004.
** Other stages of the band either featured no white performers, or several (Wendy & Lisa, and later, Eric Leeds, alongside Fink; 3RDEYEGIRL's tenure.)
4th Feb '18 5:54:51 PM gjjones
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!!Prince and his works provide examples of:
25th Jan '18 6:45:02 PM RisefromYourGrave
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He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award, and was one of the few people to have simultaneously managed a #1 movie, album and single in the same year (''Purple Rain'', ''Music from the Motion Picture Purple Rain'' and "When Doves Cry" / "Let's Go Crazy", respectively. "When Doves Cry" was also crowned the song of 1984 by Billboard.) He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the first year he was eligible in 2004. In that same year ''Rolling Stone'' ranked Prince #28 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. 2007 saw some of his biggest exposure ever when he played the halftime show of ''Superbowl XLI'' (notable for being performed in a thunderstorm - "Purple Rain" indeed!), which is still considered one of the best halftime shows ever.

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He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award, and was one of the few people to have simultaneously managed a #1 movie, album and single in the same year (''Purple Rain'', ''Music from the Motion Picture Purple Rain'' and "When Doves Cry" / "Let's Go Crazy", respectively. "When Doves Cry" was also crowned the song of 1984 by Billboard.) He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the first year he was eligible in 2004. In that same year ''Rolling Stone'' ranked Prince #28 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. 2007 saw some of his biggest exposure ever when he played the halftime show of ''Superbowl XLI'' UsefulNotes/SuperBowl XLI (notable for being performed in a thunderstorm - "Purple Rain" indeed!), which is still considered one of the best halftime shows ever.



He was apparently [[Series/ChappellesShow really good at basketball]]; just ask Charlie Murphy. [[note]]He actually did play basketball in high school, and multiple tour managers have described how Prince and his entourage would sometimes rent a local community center or gymnasium for a few hours before or after a show to play a few games. So yeah, Chappelle wasn't exaggerating about that.[[/note]]

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He was apparently [[Series/ChappellesShow really good at basketball]]; just ask Charlie Murphy. [[note]]He actually did play basketball in high school, and multiple tour managers have described how Prince and his entourage would sometimes rent a local community center or gymnasium for a few hours before or after a show to play a few games. So yeah, Chappelle wasn't exaggerating about that.[[/note]]
13th Jan '18 12:07:20 PM VicGeorge2011
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* ThoughtCrime: From "Electric Chair":
-->''If a man is considered guilty''
-->''For what goes on in his mind''
-->''Then give me the electric chair''
-->''For all my future crimes-Oh!''
13th Jan '18 11:37:01 AM VicGeorge2011
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* 1989: ''{{Film/Batman}}'' (soundtrack album)

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* 1989: ''{{Film/Batman}}'' (soundtrack album)([[Music/{{Batman}} soundtrack album]])
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