Prince, The Man of a thousand faces.
Prince was a musical innovator, one of the best guitarist in the '80s to become a massive star. He was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His real name was Prince Rogers Nelson and when he was a kid he was known as Skipper, but he had no shortage of nicknames and aliases. Across his career, he's been known as The Kid, The Purple Purv, The Minneapolis Midget, Alexander Nevermind, Christopher Tracy and The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.
The fans adored him and few years ago created “Princepedia”, a very own wikipedia spin off site. It remains a popular resource among Prince devotees. Prince can be considered the “Man of a Thousand Faces”, he was undeniably, a style icon. Between the ruffles, the flared pants, the sequins, and, of course, the color purple, he had multiple trademark looks — all of which felt he made uniquely Prince. The most iconic thing about his style, though, is that only the Purple Rain singer, who died at age 57 on Thursday, April 21, could pull it off. From velvet pants to monochromatic suits, it was clear that these outfits would look good on only one person.
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Bambi is the sixth track and fifth single off of Prince's second album Prince. The song is about Prince falling for a lesbian who is already in a relationship with another girl. He tries to change her mind and be with her.
This is a very good example of the sexually overt lyric: is what Prince will be known for. In this song Prince fires off a killer guitar riff that sounds like it was lifted straight out of any '70s rock record.
This song from the album Around The World In A Day is a sardonic attack on the mid '80s United States, referencing communism and worrying about nuclear war, a common theme in Prince's lyrics in the 1980s. The song begins with the sound of a record starting and stopping, as if being cued by a Dj. This leads into a guitar solo and a rising flute line. The extended version is notable for being over 21 minutes long and including various instrumental solos.
8 When Doves Cry
This is the lead single from Purple Rain album. It was a worldwide hit, and his first American number one single, topping the charts for five weeks. According to Billboard magazine, it was the top-selling single of the year. It was certified platinum by Recording Industry Association Of America, shipping two million units in the United States. Prince wrote and composed this song after all the other tracks were completed on Purple Rain. In addition to vocals, he played all instruments on the track.
The song's texture is remarkably stark. There is no bass line, which is very unusual for an 80s dance song. Probably this is the reason why it is considered “ the most radical song of the first five years of the '80s”. Prince has said that there originally was a bass line but, after he decided that the song was too conventional with it intact. The video was nominated for Best Choreography at 1985's MTV Video Music Awards. The video sparked controversy among network executives who thought that its sexual nature was too explicit for television.
From Diamonds And Pearls album, it was Prince's fifth and last number one single on The Billboard Hot 100. It was number one for two weeks. This song was very well received at American radio, peaking at number 2 on the Hot 100 Airplay. Prince states that he wrote the song while standing in front of a mirror.
7 from Love Symbol Album is an instantly iconic single that appropriately enough peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song's meaning is tough to decipher. It's certainly not a pornish story song, that's for sure. The
predominant theories feature religion: maybe he's referencing the seven deadly sins, or the omnipresence of the number in the Book of Revelations, or referring to the seven major world religions. Whatever the meaning, the martial tone and feeling of world-historic importance conveyed by the chorus were all Prince. He always excelled at making the apocalyptic dance-able without diminishing its import in any way, and 7 did that as well as any of his oeuvre.
5 When You Were Mine
This song was released on Dirty Mind album. This single is a pop standard, covered by everyone from Cyndi Lauper to Ani Di Franco. It is an earnest, brutal account of a love triangle with Prince the odd point out, unable to get over the loss. the song endures outside the context of Dirty Mind because of its universality. It can be a regretful reflection on a threesome; it can serve as a sly acknowledgement of a past partner's bisexuality.
4 You Got The Look
This song opens Prince's double album Sign “O” The Times and became the album's highest charting single. The song also features Scottish recording artist Sheena Easton, who sings co-lead with Prince. Prince sings in his sped-up voice and plays his most piercing guitar solos.
The lyrics recite the familiar "boy versus girl in the World Series of love" line. The entire video is portrayed to be a dream sequence by Prince, dozing off in his dressing room. In the US, the single went to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single stayed in the top 10 of the chart for six weeks.
From 1999 album, this playful keyboards betrays Prince's funk and R&B roots but the breathless pace and his exuberant delivery comes from Little Richard's playbook. Prince also borrowed rock 'n' roll pioneer razor-thin mustache, androgeny and flamboyancy.
2 Let's Go Crazy
The opening track of the career exploding Purple Rain album, openings with a funeral like organ solo with Prince giving the "eulogy" for "this thing called life”; and ends with a guitar solo- played out in real time as all the instruments take a break- that pretty much announces Prince as a major star.
The song climaxes with a distinctive drum machine pattern and then quickly becomes a hard rock scene with heavy guitar outro leads, electronic drums, bass and whirring synthesizers and a climatic drum outro.
The song is also known for its two guitar solos both performed by Prince. The entire Purple Rain album, and Let's Go Crazy especially is a testament to his legend.
1 Pruple Rain
Is the title track from album of the same name, which in turn is the soundtrack album for the film of the same name. The song is a combination of rock, pop, gospel and orchestral music. It reached number 2 in the U.S. for two weeks, and it is widely considered one of Prince's signature songs. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association Of America shipping 1 million units in the United States. The Purple Rain soundtrack spent 24 weeks at Number 1 on the Billboard charts. That's about the length of a guitar solo at one of Prince's gigs.
Prince initially asked Stevie Nicks to write lyrics for Purple Rain. "It was so overwhelming, that 10-minute track... I listened to it and I just got scared," she said. "I called him back and said, 'I can't do it. I wish I could. It's too much for me.” And so Prince went his own way and Purple Rain was born.
Everybody have tried to work out the meaning of "purple rain" for decades now. Some believe it’s about the end of the world, a theme Prince was interested in mid-80s: "When there’s blood in the sky - red and blue = purple.. purple rain pertains to the end of the world and being with the one you love and letting your faith/god "guide you through the purple rain”.
According to Prince's band mate Lisa Coleman, 'Purple Rain' symbolises “a new beginning. Purple, the sky at dawn; rain, the cleansing factor."
Following Prince's death, the song rose to number one on the US and UK iTunes Charts, allowing "Purple Rain" re-enter the Billboard Hot 100 at number 17.