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Thread started 05/23/17 8:01pm

soladeo1

I think Erotic City was inspired by Genius of Love by the Tom Tom Club

Prince, evidently, was a pretty big Talking Heads fan. In warm up and sound checks he

used to routinely pepper his warm up songs with snippets of Once In A Lifetime. He also

loved the song Burning Down The House

Erotic City, to me, sounds like Genius of Love in parts.

What say you??

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Reply #1 posted 05/23/17 8:04pm

Latin

soladeo1 said:

Prince, evidently, was a pretty big Talking Heads fan. In warm up and sound checks he


used to routinely pepper his warm up songs with snippets of Once In A Lifetime. He also


loved the song Burning Down The House



Erotic City, to me, sounds like Genius of Love in parts.



What say you??


Erotic City & Genius of Love are both awesome.
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Reply #2 posted 05/23/17 8:05pm

tishal

soladeo1 said:

Prince, evidently, was a pretty big Talking Heads fan. In warm up and sound checks he


used to routinely pepper his warm up songs with snippets of Once In A Lifetime. He also


loved the song Burning Down The House



Erotic City, to me, sounds like Genius of Love in parts.



What say you??


I thought he once said during the George Clinton induction that he listened to George play then wrote Erotic City that night. I could be wrong.
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Reply #3 posted 05/23/17 8:16pm

mbdtyler

"Wonderful Ass" sounds a lot closer to "Genius Of Love" to me

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Reply #4 posted 05/23/17 8:27pm

rdhull

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Nah, and it wasnt the fabled George Clinton show that inspired it.

It was White Horse by Laid Back

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Reply #5 posted 05/23/17 8:28pm

Latin

rdhull said:

Nah, and it wasnt the fabled George Clinton show that inspired it.

It was White Horse by Laid Back


Another awesome track.
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Reply #6 posted 05/23/17 8:55pm

coldasice

It's technically the same band, but Genius Of Love is Tom Tom Club.
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Reply #7 posted 05/23/17 9:01pm

Latin

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Reply #8 posted 05/24/17 12:27am

Laydown

Prince and Sheila E went to a George Clinton concert and after the show Prince was so influenced by what he witnessed,he and Sheila went into the studio and cut Erotic City. Parliament/Funkadelic were a major influence in Prince's music,theres no doubt to it. Anyone thinking otherwise has no idea.

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Reply #9 posted 05/24/17 12:37am

Laydown

Laydown said:

While delivering his speech prior to the induction of the Funk collective known as Parliament-Funkadelic into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in May 1997, Prince explained that "Erotic City" was recorded directly after seeing Parliament-Funkadelic at the Beverly Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983.

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Reply #10 posted 05/24/17 4:07am

Latin

Here is Prince explaining what inspired the song:

http://prince.org/msg/7/442054
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Reply #11 posted 05/24/17 4:53am

BartVanHemelen

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coldasice said:

It's technically the same band, but Genius Of Love is Tom Tom Club.

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No, Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club are not the same band.

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Reply #12 posted 05/24/17 5:04am

BartVanHemelen

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Latin said:

Here is Prince explaining what inspired the song: http://prince.org/msg/7/442054

.

And it's pure coincidence that it sounded like Laid Back's "White Horse" which was already a club hit. Sure.

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Reply #13 posted 05/24/17 6:08am

BEAUGARDE

About 10 yrs ago I made a funk CD that had Erotic City, Flashlight, Genius Of Love, White Horse & Cold Blooded (Rick James) on it & everybody loved that CD, thinking about a new play list now.

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Reply #14 posted 05/24/17 6:24am

Latin

BEAUGARDE said:

About 10 yrs ago I made a funk CD that had Erotic City, Flashlight, Genius Of Love, White Horse & Cold Blooded (Rick James) on it & everybody loved that CD, thinking about a new play list now.


Sounds awesome. music
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Reply #15 posted 05/24/17 6:47am

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Latin said:

Here is Prince explaining what inspired the song:

http://prince.org/msg/7/442054


I don't care what he "said"

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Reply #16 posted 05/24/17 6:48am

peedub

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soladeo1 said:

Prince, evidently, was a pretty big Talking Heads fan. In warm up and sound checks he

used to routinely pepper his warm up songs with snippets of Once In A Lifetime. He also

loved the song Burning Down The House

Erotic City, to me, sounds like Genius of Love in parts.

What say you??

i've always thought talking heads was a huge influence on p's early sound. some of their (p's and talking heads) tracks could mash-up seamlessly....

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Reply #17 posted 05/24/17 6:48am

rdhull

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BartVanHemelen said:



Latin said:


Here is Prince explaining what inspired the song: http://prince.org/msg/7/442054

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And it's pure coincidence that it sounded like Laid Back's "White Horse" which was already a club hit. Sure.


Bam
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Reply #18 posted 05/24/17 9:13am

TrivialPursuit

coldasice said:

It's technically the same band, but Genius Of Love is Tom Tom Club.


LOL Technically it's NOT.

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Reply #19 posted 05/24/17 9:14am

TrivialPursuit

rdhull said:

Latin said:
Here is Prince explaining what inspired the song: http://prince.org/msg/7/442054
I don't care what he "said"


THIS

"Despite everything, no 1 can dictate who u r 2 other people." - Prince |
http://bit.ly/unboxingprince
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Reply #20 posted 05/24/17 9:17am

leadline

tishal said:

soladeo1 said:

Prince, evidently, was a pretty big Talking Heads fan. In warm up and sound checks he

used to routinely pepper his warm up songs with snippets of Once In A Lifetime. He also

loved the song Burning Down The House

Erotic City, to me, sounds like Genius of Love in parts.

What say you??

I thought he once said during the George Clinton induction that he listened to George play then wrote Erotic City that night. I could be wrong.


You are correct, inspired by george clinton after concert he attended at the beverly theater, he went home that night and wrote the song.

Here is the video, 1:20 in....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbS2dIADcsg

[Edited 5/24/17 9:18am]

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Reply #21 posted 05/24/17 9:29am

Graycap23

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Lol......Whaite Horse sounds NOTHING like EC. Musically they are not the same.

Yes....I'm in a Cult. We brainwash people into THINKING ............4 Themselves.
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Reply #22 posted 05/24/17 12:41pm

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Prince said it was Parliament.

DJ is da man
"2freaky is very down." 2Elijah.
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Reply #23 posted 05/24/17 12:54pm

TrivialPursuit

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Lol......Whaite Horse sounds NOTHING like EC. Musically they are not the same.


Dude, they're fraternal twins. Mash-ups of the two show just how similar they are, indeed.

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Reply #24 posted 05/24/17 12:55pm

iZsaZsa

rdhull said:

I don't care what he "said"

lol!
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Reply #25 posted 05/24/17 12:56pm

rdhull

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Graycap23 said:

Lol......Whaite Horse sounds NOTHING like EC. Musically they are not the same.

Yes, it does. Listen to the intro keys to WH in the video posted. Same intrumentation lol.

EC is damn near a straight rip. Maybe he was influenced by Clinton for that high Camille shit portions to it but the instrumentation. So what if he simply changed the key..come on yall.

And yes yes yall, we know the lore, the statements, etc etc etc

and that shit doesnt add up to a hill of beans (Rick/Casablanca) because we all know what Prince said and the truth 'both have four letters' aka.....

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Reply #26 posted 05/24/17 2:14pm

coldasice

BartVanHemelen said:



coldasice said:


It's technically the same band, but Genius Of Love is Tom Tom Club.

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No, Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club are not the same band.



Yes they are...lmao! The only difference is Tina is the Vocalist. I guess if you wanna get Technical David isn't in the group, but that is accomplished by him going backstage at shows. Have you not scene Stop Making Sense. Either Way Genius of Love is The Tom Tom Club.
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Reply #27 posted 05/24/17 2:15pm

coldasice

TrivialPursuit said:



coldasice said:


It's technically the same band, but Genius Of Love is Tom Tom Club.


LOL Technically it's NOT.



Yes it is.
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Reply #28 posted 05/24/17 2:22pm

BartVanHemelen

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coldasice said:

BartVanHemelen said:

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No, Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club are not the same band.

Yes they are...lmao! The only difference is Tina is the Vocalist. I guess if you wanna get Technical David isn't in the group, but that is accomplished by him going backstage at shows. Have you not scene Stop Making Sense. Either Way Genius of Love is The Tom Tom Club.

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NO THEY ARE NOT. Sheesh, TTC is 2 people, half of TH. And for a loooong time Tina and Chris haven't been best buddies with David.

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BTW the word is "seen" not "scene", and even though they performed a TTC song during that concert it doesn't mean TH = TTC.

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Reply #29 posted 05/24/17 2:25pm

soladeo1

I personally think that musically Genius of Love has
way more in common with Erotic City than White Horse.
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