R.I.P. Prince

Ferfucksakes, 2016. That’s enough!

As you’ll see everywhere for the next while, Prince has died, aged 57.

Here’s what Wiki said about causes: “On April 15, 2016, Prince’s private plane was forced to land in Illinois so he could seek medical treatment for flu-like symptoms. He had performed in a concert one day earlier in Atlanta, Georgia. On April 21, 2016, he died at the age of 57. He was found unresponsive at his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota.”

My own connection to his music is slight. I always enjoyed what I heard, and knew he was one funky motherfucker, but I didn’t rush out to collect all of his records, or anything. But I absolutely mark the passing of a truly unque artist who seemed to do things his way and did it all very, very well. I always think of him as a song-writer first, but his singing, dancing, stage-show… and of course those songs… pop perfection. He was also a damn good guitar player, and he always seemed to support and promote young artists he thought worthy.

The passing of another legend.

9 thoughts on “R.I.P. Prince

  1. Phillip Helbig says:

    Not my cup of tea, but severely talented. Allegedly Paul McCartney attended a concert and sent him a not afterwards: “Play more guitar”. On some albums, he played all instruments himself. He also wrote music and lyrics, produced, etc.

    And he wrote “Manic Money” as recorded by The Bangles.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Well, I guess when Sir Paul tells you something, you might at least listen to what the man said (ahem). 🙂

      He really was a special artist, whatever we may have thought of the overall collection. Also, you’re right about the Bangles, good call. Was it Manic Money or Manic Monday? It’s been ages since I heard that…

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Thanks Geoff, just adding my voice to the bazillions of others out there. Most (if not all) will have more perspective on it than me. Except, oh man, I just remembered his Batman soundtrack. My uncle had that, we played it a lot. And Danny Elfman’s score for that film remains one of my favourites, if you’re looking for great tunes.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Yup, it’s gonna hit the fans hard. Too damn young.

      I once heard he had so much stuff written and recorded that he never needed to work again. I have no idea if that’s true, but if it’s even partially true, there ought to be lots more Prince stuff to be released yet.

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      1. 1537 says:

        He was also notorious for throwing it all out occasionally too, so it’ll be interesting. Also depends what controls he had in place to protect it all after death too.

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