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Thread started 10/18/16 5:11pm

destinyc1

POP LIFE

Something about this song makes me sad.I wonder how it ranked with prince on his own favs.He seemed to always sing it at his concerts.

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Reply #1 posted 10/18/16 5:54pm

gandorb

I think the song was deceptively deep for a radio song, and reflected Prince's underlying angst. And yes, for that reason, the song makes me feel melancholy for him and for us.

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Reply #2 posted 10/18/16 6:10pm

zenarose

gandorb said:

I think the song was deceptively deep for a radio song, and reflected Prince's underlying angst. And yes, for that reason, the song makes me feel melancholy for him and for us.

Agree

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Reply #3 posted 10/18/16 10:36pm

LuvuInMe

i fucking love this song; it's properly brilliant. and yes i do hear the underlying angst but more than that i think his words suggest a better way; a solution to life's angst, if you will. It's a bit of a utopic vision i reckon, along with the album as a whole

I said no! is your mama?
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Reply #4 posted 10/18/16 11:57pm

Wolfie87

My question is, is that the best bass line from the 80's? hmmm

So damn funky fro

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Reply #5 posted 10/19/16 4:16am

destinyc1

Thanks guys.A friend of mine swears prince recorded two versions of the song one fast and one slow anyone know if thats true.

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Reply #6 posted 10/19/16 1:16pm

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It is a sort of angry song about the pitfalls in life i think.

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Reply #7 posted 10/20/16 5:44am

Superconductor

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I love that song.
Angst? Sounds to me more like social commentary. About people chasing shallow thrills.
Whatcha putting in your nose? Is that where your money goes?
...every night another symphony...
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Reply #8 posted 10/20/16 6:03am

CAL3

I try so hard not to indulge in feelings of nostalgia...

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But goddamn, THIS SONG takes me right back to 1985 and makes me SO wistful every single time I hear it.

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Nostalgia aside, to me it's one of his very top-most classics. I didn't know the 12" versions until quite a few years later, but when I did my mind was blown once again...

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Reply #9 posted 10/20/16 8:15am

SheilaE4Ever

At the time, the whole AWTWIAD album seemed so strange and such a radical departure from PR. I still liked it because it was Prince and different than anything else on the radio.

That being said, Pop Life, was always one of my favorites from this album, probably one of my top 20 Prince songs actually. That drum sound/pattern (credited to Sheila) is so unique and not the typical linn pattern.

AWTWIAD, I get it now and it has gotten better with time. When I hear that drum sound of Pop Life kick in when it comes on the radio, it still makes me stop what I'm doing and groove for a few minutes.

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Reply #10 posted 10/20/16 8:36am

Rev

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destinyc1 said:

Thanks guys.A friend of mine swears prince recorded two versions of the song one fast and one slow anyone know if thats true.

Sometimes unreleased versions have quality issues up to and including speed. I haven't heard a sped up version of this song? He would pick up the pace when playing it live.

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Reply #11 posted 10/20/16 10:01am

gandorb

Superconductor said:

I love that song.
Angst? Sounds to me more like social commentary. About people chasing shallow thrills.
Whatcha putting in your nose? Is that where your money goes?


I agree that there is social commentary, but also think he has angst about "we all have a space to fill". This seems to be connected in a personal way to the next two songs on ATWIAD, The Ladder and Temptation. To me, he is suggesting that the best way to fill it is through religion (the Ladder) but his problem is that he tries to fill it through sex (Temptation). The conflict produces angst.
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Reply #12 posted 10/20/16 10:33am

Connected

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One of many enduring examples of Prince's poetry.

I agree, it has angst but is also about spirituality...the more people chase material things or the unattainable...

Then the more unfulfilled they will be... whether it is the lottery cheque, the ultimate high, curly hair

In my case being - "what's the matter with your sex...is 15mins your best..."

Never been a problem for me...but the g/f never gets her POP!

~Shakalaka!~..... ~Mayday!~
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Reply #13 posted 10/20/16 11:36am

Lianachan

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Wolfie87 said:

My question is, is that the best bass line from the 80's? hmmm



So damn funky fro



I wouldn't even say it was the best bass line on that side of the LP! That would be America, for me - one of his best ever.
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Reply #14 posted 10/20/16 1:18pm

destinyc1

REV,You're correct thats what it was.And its a heart toucher to me.More so than ever now. sad

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Reply #15 posted 10/20/16 2:23pm

KoolEaze

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destinyc1 said:

Thanks guys.A friend of mine swears prince recorded two versions of the song one fast and one slow anyone know if thats true.

I´ve never heard about that but....there´s an unreleased version of the song Aroud the World in a Day that sounds drastically different from the album version, and then there´s the two 12" versions of PopLife, one American and one British pressing. But I´m sure you´re already familiar with the 12", right?

" I´d rather be a stank ass hoe because I´m not stupid. Oh my goodness! I got more drugs! I´m always funny dude...I´m hilarious! Are we gonna smoke?"




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Reply #16 posted 10/20/16 6:01pm

destinyc1

Yes with a 9 min extention correct

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Reply #17 posted 10/20/16 8:08pm

206Michelle

gandorb said:

Superconductor said:
I love that song. Angst? Sounds to me more like social commentary. About people chasing shallow thrills. Whatcha putting in your nose? Is that where your money goes?
I agree that there is social commentary, but also think he has angst about "we all have a space to fill". This seems to be connected in a personal way to the next two songs on ATWIAD, The Ladder and Temptation. To me, he is suggesting that the best way to fill it is through religion (the Ladder) but his problem is that he tries to fill it through sex (Temptation). The conflict produces angst.

yeahthat (to the bolded part) - EXCELLENT analysis!

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Reply #18 posted 10/21/16 2:14am

Superconductor

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gandorb said:

Superconductor said:
I love that song. Angst? Sounds to me more like social commentary. About people chasing shallow thrills. Whatcha putting in your nose? Is that where your money goes?
I agree that there is social commentary, but also think he has angst about "we all have a space to fill". This seems to be connected in a personal way to the next two songs on ATWIAD, The Ladder and Temptation. To me, he is suggesting that the best way to fill it is through religion (the Ladder) but his problem is that he tries to fill it through sex (Temptation). The conflict produces angst.

Interesting take. Makes sense.

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I just don't feel the angst when I hear the song.

More like questioning/ challenging the listener as in what are you doing? Fill that space!

The drive of the song, the piercing keys and bass, it sounds driven, pushing forward.

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Just looked up the album info, was released on April 21, 1985. sad

Loved that album so much when it came out.

...every night another symphony...
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Reply #19 posted 10/21/16 3:52am

remko

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destinyc1 said:

He seemed to always sing it at his concerts.

Did he?

I only recall it being sung at the Lovesexy show i attended.

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Reply #20 posted 10/21/16 4:14am

TXfan

I remember hearing it for the first time, always one of my favorites.
It was so deep to me at the time.
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Reply #21 posted 10/21/16 8:26am

gandorb

Superconductor said:



gandorb said:


Superconductor said:
I love that song. Angst? Sounds to me more like social commentary. About people chasing shallow thrills. Whatcha putting in your nose? Is that where your money goes?

I agree that there is social commentary, but also think he has angst about "we all have a space to fill". This seems to be connected in a personal way to the next two songs on ATWIAD, The Ladder and Temptation. To me, he is suggesting that the best way to fill it is through religion (the Ladder) but his problem is that he tries to fill it through sex (Temptation). The conflict produces angst.

Interesting take. Makes sense.


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I just don't feel the angst when I hear the song.


More like questioning/ challenging the listener as in what are you doing? Fill that space!


The drive of the song, the piercing keys and bass, it sounds driven, pushing forward.


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Just looked up the album info, was released on April 21, 1985. sad


Loved that album so much when it came out.



Didn't realize the release date sad Still love the album!
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Reply #22 posted 10/21/16 8:42am

Lianachan

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Superconductor said:

gandorb said:

Superconductor said: I agree that there is social commentary, but also think he has angst about "we all have a space to fill". This seems to be connected in a personal way to the next two songs on ATWIAD, The Ladder and Temptation. To me, he is suggesting that the best way to fill it is through religion (the Ladder) but his problem is that he tries to fill it through sex (Temptation). The conflict produces angst.

Interesting take. Makes sense.

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I just don't feel the angst when I hear the song.

More like questioning/ challenging the listener as in what are you doing? Fill that space!

The drive of the song, the piercing keys and bass, it sounds driven, pushing forward.

.

Just looked up the album info, was released on April 21, 1985. sad

Loved that album so much when it came out.


Strange - Wikipedia gives the release date as April 21st, but Princevault gives it as the 22nd.

Great album though, then and now.

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Reply #23 posted 10/21/16 8:54am

Noodled24

destinyc1 said:

Thanks guys.A friend of mine swears prince recorded two versions of the song one fast and one slow anyone know if thats true.


There was a remix done in the 90s... 94 ish. IIRC Kirky J has a remix accredited to him. Off the top of my head I think it also appears in part on Kirk Js B-sides remix which was b-side to "The Purple Medley"? I don't think it's a faster tempo, but has more of hip hop beat and turns the synth line into a Dr Dre-esque melody.

There is also "Pop Life (fresh dance mix) which I think is the 12" version of the song. But it's no faster than the original




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Reply #24 posted 10/21/16 9:08am

Lianachan

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Noodled24 said:

destinyc1 said:

Thanks guys.A friend of mine swears prince recorded two versions of the song one fast and one slow anyone know if thats true.


There was a remix done in the 90s... 94 ish. IIRC Kirky J has a remix accredited to him. Off the top of my head I think it also appears in part on Kirk Js B-sides remix which was b-side to "The Purple Medley"? I don't think it's a faster tempo, but has more of hip hop beat and turns the synth line into a Dr Dre-esque melody.

There is also "Pop Life (fresh dance mix) which I think is the 12" version of the song. But it's no faster than the original





The Pop Life (Fresh Dance Mix) was remixed by Sheila E and was on the US 12". In the UK, we got the far superior Pop Life (Extended Version).

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Reply #25 posted 10/21/16 9:59am

Noodled24

^ Ah thanks for the heads up.

I have the Fresh Dance Mix clocking in at 6.15

extended version of the song clocking in at 9.06 - and is indeed far superior.

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Reply #26 posted 10/21/16 10:00am

GiggityGoo

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When this song hit the airwaves, my girlfriend at the time sad it made her sad, because the line "what you puttin' up your nose" made her think of her older sister, who was a complete loser and was partying hard every chance she got and dropped out of college.

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So there was definitely some topical, timely social commentary in there, even if it wasn't intended.

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Reply #27 posted 10/21/16 1:37pm

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Superconductor said:

gandorb said:

Superconductor said: I agree that there is social commentary, but also think he has angst about "we all have a space to fill". This seems to be connected in a personal way to the next two songs on ATWIAD, The Ladder and Temptation. To me, he is suggesting that the best way to fill it is through religion (the Ladder) but his problem is that he tries to fill it through sex (Temptation). The conflict produces angst.

Interesting take. Makes sense.

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I just don't feel the angst when I hear the song.

More like questioning/ challenging the listener as in what are you doing? Fill that space!

The drive of the song, the piercing keys and bass, it sounds driven, pushing forward.

.

Just looked up the album info, was released on April 21, 1985. sad

Loved that album so much when it came out.

I'M WITH YOU, really it was realeased on April 21?

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Reply #28 posted 10/21/16 3:21pm

DiamondsnPearl
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I cant even listen to it anymore neutral

RIP Prince I will forever heart and miss U
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Reply #29 posted 10/21/16 4:27pm

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ATWIAD was the first cassette I purchased with my allowance. I remember it vividly. I was 9 years old. Pop Life was my favorite song on the tape. I played it over and over. I always thought even back then it was social commentary which also comes up on "America" as well. Such a great song though.

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