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Why is Prince getting so much attention?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by OLDNEWBIE, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    He had some catchy tunes that got over played. Dressed more girly than Liberace, had a popular movie etc. and wrote for and created some other top bands.
    Rolling Stone Mag recently named ranked him 27 I think I heard. Not too shabby but far from # 1.

    Not saying he had no talent just cause I didn't care for him but....
    Why is the Prez commenting on this guy? Why did CNN and network news devote large amounts of air time to this has been pop star of the 80s?

    Are we going to have another televised funeral like when Whitney died?

    Music Icons die every month. We recently lost BB King, Lemmy from Motorhead, Merle Haggard, Scott W from STP, David Bowie and the list goes on and on.
    Some of these guys get barely a 10 second obit on the news. Others the Prince treatment.

    Why do some get sooo much more attention than others? Others who resonate with my past listening pleasure much better than Purple skinny tight pants funny guitar girly man Prince.

    I remember when Elvis died. It was a big deal news story Rightfully so. Lady Di (not a musician of course) was probably the next Really BIG NEWS celebrity death that sticks in my mind. Then Jackson and Whitney. I thought her dying took up way too much air time IMO.

    So far the story of the death of Prince is just a little over blown but time will tell.
    Get ready for the Purple Prince emblem flag draped coffin interrupting your regularly scheduled programming.
     
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  2. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    First off, let me say I am not a fan of Prince.

    HOWEVER. The dude was one of the biggest musical influences in the last 30 years. He set the stage for post rock, and he was a guitar virtuoso. I dont think its so much about his music as it is how he changed the direction of music. And you might not appreciate how many records Prince peddled, over a hundred million world wide. Puts him not in the Elvis category but certainly in a pretty elite club.

    I haven't listened to anything Prince did on purpose since the 80's and it is certainly not my style of music, but the guy was no slouch

    Watch this, he is late in the video but its some really great folks doing a great song.

     
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  3. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    That's much better than what he's most known for.
    I think what determines who gets special news coverage at their death is the musical tastes of the News editors and reporters and their biases against politically incorrect music.

    It could also be, as others have suggested, that I am totally out of sync with the rest of the populationo_O

    When Ozzy kicks it we'll know for sure I guess. I predict a world wide day of mourning.
    If this doesn't happen then I'm the one that is out of sync.:D
     
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  4. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    Well for what its worth, I actually thought about it when Lemmy died, Prince.... Not so much.
     
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  5. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    • Began his career at the age of 19
    • Released 39 albums
    • Won seven Grammy awards
    • Sold over 100 million albums worldwide
    • His classic “Purple Rain” soundtrack, released in 1984, sold 13 million copies alone and enjoyed 25 weeks on top music charts
    • His movies, “Purple Rain” and “Graffiti Bridge,” grossed $73 million worldwide
    • 40 -- yes 40! -- top 100 hits, including five No. 1 songs
    • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004
    • His 2007 Super Bowl halftime performance drew 140 million viewers
     
  6. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Prince wasn't a musician, he was an ARTIST! :D
     
  7. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    Prince could steal your girl, then steal her clothes, then steal someone elses girl in your girls clothes
     
  8. CHLChris

    CHLChris Portland Metro East Love me some guns! Bronze Supporter

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    Steal someone's girlfriend? Didn't even think he was on that team.

    "Not that there's anything wrong with that." -Jerry Seinfeld

    Concerning Prince and his music, I think I could go forever and not miss a single one of his songs. Just not my thang.
     
  9. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Prince was a legend. His influence on post rock, as stated above was massive. His influence extended into R&B, Rock, Television, Movies, Print..


    You know what I liked most about Prince ? When was the last time you heard about Prince in a negative light? When Prince wanted you to see him, you saw him. When he didn't, you didn't.

    This year just keeps getting bubblegumtier. How many are we going to lose?
     
  10. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Prince was on everyone's team.
     
  11. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I could only like this post once, but I'm damn sure going to quote and repeat it.
     
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  12. The Nothing

    The Nothing PDX Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Sex. Mystery.

    Realize that the sex icons of the 80s and early 90s are nearly gone. So far as I reckon, Madonna is all that's left. (Bowie and Prince being the other two). Sure, there are others, but none with the symbolism and time that these captured audiences.
     
  13. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I remember listening to Purple Rain and Let's Go Crazy. Long before it mattered what "team" anyone was on. It was and still is just good music. I'd put the needle on the record at insane volume (when my dad wasn't home) and blow my ears off. I was 10 in 1984 when he started dropping those hits. Didn't know anything more than what sounded good. I haven't much paid attention to his music since. BUT, for some reason, I thought about how short life is when I heard the news.
     
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  14. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    All the fanfare? He could be one of the prez's sons!
     
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  15. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Not only was he popular for his own music that you know as his.... He also did a LOT of work behind the scenes with writing and being the behind the scenes instrument guy.
     
  16. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Fordcragar Renton, Washington Active Member

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    If takes the spot light off of Hillary.
     
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  18. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Purple rain came out in 1984?
    Man I'm getting old.
     
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  19. 2A2Dend

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    Prince will be missed. His music was soulful. As was Michael Jacksons. Legends of time in the art of music.
    All the legends who could "become" the tool in their hands, fading away from every genre, leaving as icons in the industry.

    Most music in post generations of the era, not worth listening to IMO

    They are all missed :(

    Rest in Peace my musical brother. :cool:
     
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  20. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    I guess Chyna (the female wrestler) also died on or near his death as well, and she went unnoticed.