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Thread started 09/08/14 8:10pm

soladeo1

Why can't Prince write catchy, memorable melodies anymore???

There, I said it.

The muse has seemingly departed. His latest sings are noodle-y, meandering sonic hiccups on search of anything interesting.
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Reply #1 posted 09/08/14 8:46pm

xpertluva

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soladeo1 said:

There, I said it. The muse has seemingly departed. His latest sings are noodle-y, meandering sonic hiccups on search of anything interesting.

Out of curiousity, when was the last time you felt he had his mojo working?

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Reply #2 posted 09/08/14 8:49pm

CharismaDove

I think Crimson & Clover was pretty catchy and memorable cool

I guess you know me well, I dont like winter, but I seem to get a kick outta doing you cold
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Reply #3 posted 09/08/14 8:59pm

Askani

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CharismaDove said:

I think Crimson & Clover was pretty catchy and memorable cool




At this site, I can't even tell if this sort of thing is a joke or not any more.
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Reply #4 posted 09/08/14 9:14pm

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Askani said:

CharismaDove said:

I think Crimson & Clover was pretty catchy and memorable cool

At this site, I can't even tell if this sort of thing is a joke or not any more.


falloff

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Reply #5 posted 09/08/14 9:23pm

CharismaDove

FragileUndertow said:

Askani said:

CharismaDove said: At this site, I can't even tell if this sort of thing is a joke or not any more.


falloff

It was lol

I guess you know me well, I dont like winter, but I seem to get a kick outta doing you cold
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Reply #6 posted 09/08/14 9:34pm

CharismaDove

I don't know why his melodies aren't catchy anymore, but they're still somewhat decent usually

Maybe he's not trying to go for catchy songs?

I guess you know me well, I dont like winter, but I seem to get a kick outta doing you cold
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Reply #7 posted 09/08/14 9:39pm

Askani

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CharismaDove said:



FragileUndertow said:




Askani said:


CharismaDove said: At this site, I can't even tell if this sort of thing is a joke or not any more.


falloff




It was lol




Ok just checking biggrin
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Reply #8 posted 09/08/14 9:44pm

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I guess it depends on what you consider catchy. I had Clouds and U Know stuck in my head after the first listen or two.. I'd consider that catchy.

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Reply #9 posted 09/08/14 9:52pm

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CharismaDove said:

It was lol


whew lol

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Reply #10 posted 09/08/14 10:05pm

HonestMan13

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Orgers can't come up with new topics for threads anymore either and it didn't take 30 plus years.

When eye go 2 a Prince concert or related event it's all heart up in the house but when eye log onto this site and the miasma of bitchiness is completely overwhelming!
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Reply #11 posted 09/08/14 11:30pm

callimnate

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Lets Go Crazy

Kiss

Cream

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Songs with catchy melodies which I dont really rate.

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Catchy melodies isnt his problem.

Its all-round writing a decent song that is. wink

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Reply #12 posted 09/09/14 1:47am

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I've been wondering the same thing. Of all the new tracks, the music is really good, but songwriting is so dull. I guess we can say Breakfast Can Wait has a catchy melody, but U Know and Clouds... I already forgot what they sound like.
[Edited 9/9/14 1:48am]
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Reply #13 posted 09/09/14 10:34am

pernil

The melodies might not have to be "catchy" (since overly catchy tunes often become annoying and tiresome), but they should at least be somewhat memorable and original. And Prince's melodies rarely are very memorable or original these days, regardless of whether they are judged against his own glorious past or a great deal of contemporary music. It's definitely one aspect of Prince's music that is lacking something today. Lazy songwriting? Lack of fresh input, influences, inspiration? Lack of critical viewpoints? No self-editing? Loss of capability or simply lack of motivation to come up with something truly creative melody-wise? P

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Reply #14 posted 09/09/14 10:49am

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I can agree to a point, while I like songs like Funknroll for what they are, spoken word songs I call them, I don't like them nearly as much as the melodic Prince tunes. Spoken word songs suc as Funknroll really do nothing for me, the song Now, being in the same category, is a much better song in my opinion.

Peace

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Reply #15 posted 09/09/14 11:13am

iZsaZsa

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I just thought of a few new titles off the top of my head and was able to sing them. My memory is fine.
What?
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Reply #16 posted 09/09/14 1:53pm

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leadline said:

I can agree to a point, while I like songs like Funknroll for what they are, spoken word songs I call them, I don't like them nearly as much as the melodic Prince tunes. Spoken word songs suc as Funknroll really do nothing for me, the song Now, being in the same category, is a much better song in my opinion.

Peace

Good point. I too was only thinking about how much I don't like the spoken word song type over the past couple of years. I HATE Breakfast Can Wait too.
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Reply #17 posted 09/09/14 2:04pm

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I actually find Rock N Roll Love Affair catchy and memorable. I'll show myself out.
"Drop that stereo before I blow your Goddamn nuts off, asshole!"
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Reply #18 posted 09/09/14 2:05pm

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KingSausage said:

I actually find Rock N Roll Love Affair catchy and memorable. I'll show myself out.

same here. I love it smile

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Reply #19 posted 09/09/14 2:11pm

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He writes catchy, memorable melodies about as often as he writes catchy, memorable lyrics. Which is to say, almost never.

We don’t mourn artists because we knew them. We mourn them because they helped us know ourselves.
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Reply #20 posted 09/09/14 2:23pm

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I don't think prince really cares that much these days. It seems that he records the first thing that comes to his mind without any editing process at all.
FOOLS multiply when WISE Men & Women are silent.
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Reply #21 posted 09/09/14 2:29pm

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And by memorable, some people mean "like those I remember from back in the days".

It's Memorable 2014 against "Classic Memorable". Notice how we're talking about our memories? Read any book on the effects of music on the brain, our long term memories of music, how deep they reach -- then listen to a brand new song from an artist for whom you may have 30 years old musical memories.
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Reply #22 posted 09/09/14 2:38pm

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Unfortunately, I found the melody (and lyrics) of Everybody Loves Me way, way too memorable.
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Reply #23 posted 09/09/14 2:43pm

Genesia

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KingSausage said:

Unfortunately, I found the melody (and lyrics) of Everybody Loves Me way, way too memorable.


I had almost forgotten that one. Thanks a lot.

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Reply #24 posted 09/09/14 2:56pm

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soladeo1 said:

There, I said it.

The muse has seemingly departed. His latest sings are noodle-y, meandering sonic hiccups on search of anything interesting.


Answer:

1) Wendy & Lisa

2) The 80's

3) He's more about grooves and jams now

4) How many catchy melodies can a guy write? Paul McCartney & Neil Finn are rare exceptions

You're right, of course, he doesn't write good poppy melodies anymore
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Reply #25 posted 09/09/14 4:06pm

Askani

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He's fallen into an odd trap where he's more focused a beat or a vibe rather than a melody. He's replaced a rhythmic vocal delivery with a catchy tune. Anyone know what I mean? There are catchy bits here and there, but there's more emphasis on the rhythm than the tune. (and I don't necessarily mean the beat when I say "rhythm).

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Reply #26 posted 09/09/14 4:23pm

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soladeo1 said:

There, I said it. The muse has seemingly departed. His latest sings are noodle-y, meandering sonic hiccups on search of anything interesting.
Prince will always be one of my faviorite male artist! He get's better with time, he must be doing something right because he always sell out before I'm able to purchase a ticket! cry
♥ Feeling Purple Rain...Don't hold on 2 the pain, hold on 2 the memories ♥
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I will always love you...Whitney Houston
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Reply #27 posted 09/09/14 6:22pm

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I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Repair" over the Summer. Oh my gosh, that book was so boring! I did make some hightlights though, and one in particular made me think of Prince and his lackluster releases the last several years.

"Boredom is the next gumption trap that comes to mind. This is the opposite of anxiety and commonly goes with ego problems. Boredom means you're off the Quality track, you're not seeing things freshly, you've lost your 'beginner's mind' and your motorcycle is in great danger. Boredom means your gumption supply is low and must be replenished before anything else is done. When you're bored, stop! Go to a show. Turn on the TV. Call it a day. Do anything but work on that machine. If you don't stop, the next thing that happens is the Big Mistake, and then all the boredom plus the Big Mistake combine together in one Sunday punch to knock all the gumption out of you and you are really stopped."

I don't know if anyone else gets it, but just replace "motorcycle" with "song writing."

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Reply #28 posted 09/09/14 9:14pm

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You guys are BUGGIN. That man can write a fucking tune. Even Planet Earth had some gems (future baby momma, somewhere here on earth). Everything that has come out on AOA is dope to me. This is the first time I've been genuinely excited about a new P record.

Bitch don't kill my vibe.
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Reply #29 posted 09/10/14 4:40am

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This is true. Prince has an idea and just bathically gotta say it as is, no editing, not catchy phrasing.

The noodle, meadering description is good way to put it.

Been disappointed since 1990 with George Michael as well.

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