Monday, February 05, 2007

Prince and the King

Mo's Super Bowl/Birthday Party was the mad notes, as usual, but that isn't the topic of this post. No, I wish to discuss Prince and his half-time show.

Prince is awesome. Always. But I find the careers of Prince and the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, to be interesting. In the 80s, they were both crazy music stars at the height of fame (Michael Jackson's craziness is well documented, but if you had any doubts as to Prince's sanity, you must watch "An Evening With Kevin Smith". An excerpt of the transcript is at the end of this post). But then something funny happened. Jackson had one public display of nuttiness too many (and those notorious lawsuits) and fell out of favour with everyone. Prince, on the other hand, laid low for a bit then suddenly he's roaring back and he's untouchable. Everyone agrees on his genius and showmanship. I mean, who else could get away with playing his wang on stage?

Anyway, go back and listen to old Prince tunes. Pretty wicked. While you're at it, watch "Purple Rain" and remember the 80s and all the good times associated with them.

[Excerpt from "An Evening With Kevin Smith", wherein Kevin Smith is recounting a meeting with Prince's assistant]

She's like, "Prince doesn't comprehend things the way you and I do."
I was like, "What do you mean?" She was like, "Well . . .

. . .Prince has been living in Prince World for quite some time now."
She's like, "So Prince will come to us periodically and say things like:

'It's 3 in the morning in Minnesota. I really need a camel .
Go get it.'

And then we try to explain to Prince, like:
'Prince, it's 3:00 in the morning in Minnesota, it's January. . .

. . .and you want a camel .
That is not physically or psychologically possible.'

And Prince says, 'Why?"'
I'm like, "Is he an asshole?"

She's like, "He's not malicious when he does it.
He just doesn't understand why he can't get what he wants.

He doesn't understand why someone can't process a request. . .
. . .like a camel at 3 in the morning in Minnesota."


chicounet said...

Prince's craziness was also documented in the SNL skit "The Prince Show" (or something like that).

jons said...

If his tunes were so great, why did he cover a bunch of songs?

Anonymous said...

Just to show the younguns he can play their songs better they they can themselves.

chicounet said...

Watch this :)

Evil One said...

His request for a camel is perfectly acceptable and within reason.

chicounet said...

They took out the previous link. Here's a new one:

jons said...

he covered a bob dylan song
and a CCR song

and foo fighters (maybe they are younger, but i doubt by much)