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Reply #30 posted 09/17/19 1:28pm

violetcrush

OldFriends4Sale said:



Sometimes It Snows In April?




Prince about Christopher Tracy


I think it is supposed to be Tricky singing about the death of Christopher Tracy, even though Prince is actually singing the song.
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Reply #31 posted 09/17/19 1:32pm

violetcrush

Harps said:

Holly Rock



He even says My name's Sheila E....


Funny that Prince actually took the “rap” from the unreleased Feline and used it for Holly Rock but just changed some of the lyrics to fit the song.
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I’ve heard Prince’s demo of Feline, and also Paul Peterson jokingly doing the rap like a country song which is hilarious biggrin
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Reply #32 posted 09/18/19 11:36am

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violetcrush said:

Harps said:

Holly Rock

He even says My name's Sheila E....

Funny that Prince actually took the “rap” from the unreleased Feline and used it for Holly Rock but just changed some of the lyrics to fit the song. * I’ve heard Prince’s demo of Feline, and also Paul Peterson jokingly doing the rap like a country song which is hilarious biggrin


I remember Paul, and possibly Susannah, sitting on Paul's back deck, live streaming on uStream. He suddenly breaks out with that rap.

Taking it from "Feline" was just one of those great moments where he borrowed from his own canon to create new things. The lead line from "Rave" being in "The Max", the "Superfunky" horn line in other stuff, the endless incarnations of "Get Off" into "Gett Off" as a sample, plus expanding on almost miniscule elements and making EPs like the Cream or Gett Off and New Power Generation EPs. I mean, would we have "Violet The Organ Grinder" had he not created "Gett Off"? Probably not. (Even Janet pulled from "I Get Lonely" in "Dammn Baby", which was a nice moment.)

It sorta lends to him saying when he wanted to hear new music, he'd just create it, opposed to turning on the radio. I suppose that also supports Nelson George talking about when you work with Prince you get a Prince production. You know it's Prince before he even sings. Is work is very insular that way, which helped him keep his own sound. Sure he was influenced by peers and contemporaries, but he ultimately relied on himself to make great music. Iron sharpens iron, and he had some very sharp musicians around him.

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Reply #33 posted 09/18/19 1:44pm

violetcrush

TrivialPursuit said:



violetcrush said:


Harps said:

Holly Rock



He even says My name's Sheila E....



Funny that Prince actually took the “rap” from the unreleased Feline and used it for Holly Rock but just changed some of the lyrics to fit the song. * I’ve heard Prince’s demo of Feline, and also Paul Peterson jokingly doing the rap like a country song which is hilarious biggrin


I remember Paul, and possibly Susannah, sitting on Paul's back deck, live streaming on uStream. He suddenly breaks out with that rap.

Taking it from "Feline" was just one of those great moments where he borrowed from his own canon to create new things. The lead line from "Rave" being in "The Max", the "Superfunky" horn line in other stuff, the endless incarnations of "Get Off" into "Gett Off" as a sample, plus expanding on almost miniscule elements and making EPs like the Cream or Gett Off and New Power Generation EPs. I mean, would we have "Violet The Organ Grinder" had he not created "Gett Off"? Probably not. (Even Janet pulled from "I Get Lonely" in "Dammn Baby", which was a nice moment.)

It sorta lends to him saying when he wanted to hear new music, he'd just create it, opposed to turning on the radio. I suppose that also supports Nelson George talking about when you work with Prince you get a Prince production. You know it's Prince before he even sings. Is work is very insular that way, which helped him keep his own sound. Sure he was influenced by peers and contemporaries, but he ultimately relied on himself to make great music. Iron sharpens iron, and he had some very sharp musicians around him.


Yes, he did “mix and match” some of his songs. Although, I do think we could have had VTOG without Gett Off - he just had the background chant in that one. But yes, similar sound for sure.
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