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Thread started 10/19/16 3:49am

SoftSkarlettLo
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Prince's weirdest sounding song?

By weird, I don't mean it in a bad way. By weird, I mean it sounds uncanny, odd and/ or mysterious.

Here are my picks:

I Wonder U

Crystal Ball

Poorgoo

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Reply #1 posted 10/19/16 9:25am

TrivialPursuit

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"I Wonder U" and "Poorgoo" are rather straight forward songs, IMO. "Crystal Ball" without Clare's orchestration isn't that remarkable. It's Clare that puts the mystery into the song.

The weirdest is definitely "Others Here With Us". It's straight up creepy.

While a great song, "Something In The Water" is weird, as is an earlier version of it.

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Reply #2 posted 10/19/16 11:28am

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Others here with us
Cant believe my purple psychedelic pimp slap pimp2

And I descend from grace, In arms of undertow
I will take my place, In the great below
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Reply #3 posted 10/19/16 11:52am

jdcxc

Animal Kingdom
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Reply #4 posted 10/19/16 11:53am

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The Question of U

I wonder U

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Reply #5 posted 10/19/16 11:56am

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TrivialPursuit said:

"I Wonder U" and "Poorgoo" are rather straight forward songs, IMO. "Crystal Ball" without Clare's orchestration isn't that remarkable. It's Clare that puts the mystery into the song.

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This is true. However, we don't know whether he removed certain of his own instrumental parts from the mix, when he added in Clare Fischer's contributions. The song may have been more developed than presumed. I believe the CF-less 'Crystal Ball' that circulates is merely the final mix (in its full, unedited length) with the Fischer parts muted, and not necessarily the original demo recording.

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Reply #6 posted 10/19/16 12:02pm

imprimis

'Allegiance'

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'Cosmic Day'

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'If I Was Your Girlfriend'

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'Dance with the Devil'

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'We Can Funk'

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'It'

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'Baby Go-Go'

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'God' (Vocal)

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'Toy Box' (demo)

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'Rockhard in a Funky Place'

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'Rebirth of the Flesh'

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'Annie Christian'.

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'Crystal Ball'

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'Bob George'

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'Question of U'

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'I Wonder U'

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'Others Here with Us'

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'Heaven'

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'Dream Factory'

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'Wet Dream Cousin'

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'Possessed' (1984 'instrumental' version)

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'By Alien Means'

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'U' (1987 version)

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Reply #7 posted 10/19/16 12:03pm

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imprimis said:

TrivialPursuit said:

"I Wonder U" and "Poorgoo" are rather straight forward songs, IMO. "Crystal Ball" without Clare's orchestration isn't that remarkable. It's Clare that puts the mystery into the song.

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This is true. However, we don't know whether he removed certain of his own instrumental parts from the mix, when he added in Clare Fischer's contributions. The song may have been more developed than presumed. I believe the CF-less 'Crystal Ball' that circulates is merely the final mix (in its full, unedited length) with the Fischer parts muted, and not necessarily the original demo recording.


Well Prince rarely had demos sitting around. So we can probably throw out that idea. There were worked-up versions, but those developed into more over time, opposed to a full re-record from scratch. The CF-free version is most likely the version he sent to Clare to work on. Clare's counter melody approach to writing has always given Prince's music a real depth that not even Wendy & Lisa provided.

Sometimes I think it would be cool to hear Clare's work in full just over the instrumental of Prince's song. Cut his vocals out overall, and let Clare be the showboat. Stuff like "Mia Bocca", "Christopher Tracy's Parade" and so forth would be quite interesting to hear.

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Reply #8 posted 10/19/16 12:04pm

NorthC

Nobody mentioned Wedding Feast yet? eek Okay, I'll be the first then.
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Reply #9 posted 10/19/16 12:04pm

ladygirl99

Annie Christian that song give me the chills.

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Reply #10 posted 10/19/16 12:08pm

imprimis

I'm taking the license to use an expansive meaning of 'demo' here. I mean P's original recording, before it was forwarded to Clare Fischer. Even if P created a [very spartan] mix prior to forwarding it to him, in anticipation of his orchestral additions, there may be a more fully instrumentally fleshed out (Fairlight or synth), pre-CF version to be had among the multitracks.

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Omitted parts from the early recording are the case with at least some of the tracks submitted for CF input (cf. 'Baby You're A Trip', 'Mia Bocca', 'Our Destiny', 'Can't Stop This Feeling I Got', 'Pink Cashmere', etc)

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I'll agree, however, that it is still a very basic song, even if there exist omitted parts, and it is the orchestration that makes the show on 'Crystal Ball'.

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TrivialPursuit said:

imprimis said:

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This is true. However, we don't know whether he removed certain of his own instrumental parts from the mix, when he added in Clare Fischer's contributions. The song may have been more developed than presumed. I believe the CF-less 'Crystal Ball' that circulates is merely the final mix (in its full, unedited length) with the Fischer parts muted, and not necessarily the original demo recording.


Well Prince rarely had demos sitting around. So we can probably throw out that idea. There were worked-up versions, but those developed into more over time, opposed to a full re-record from scratch. The CF-free version is most likely the version he sent to Clare to work on. Clare's counter melody approach to writing has always given Prince's music a real depth that not even Wendy & Lisa provided.

Sometimes I think it would be cool to hear Clare's work in full just over the instrumental of Prince's song. Cut his vocals out overall, and let Clare be the showboat. Stuff like "Mia Bocca", "Christopher Tracy's Parade" and so forth would be quite interesting to hear.

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Reply #11 posted 10/19/16 12:42pm

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Bob George hand down, game over. Go to any conservative gathering and play all the songs... bob George is sure to bring out accusations of weirdness and drugs.

I've seen this happen for real, back in 1988 and then around 2004.

On a side note I think he recorded U Got the Look and Bob George in a similar session schedule of that chord progression and exact tone of vamping guitar. Check it out with your ears. A deejay could easily go back and forth between those two.
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Reply #12 posted 10/19/16 12:47pm

214

Others Here With Us

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Reply #13 posted 10/19/16 1:27pm

RJOrion

Christopher Tracy's Parade

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Reply #14 posted 10/19/16 4:16pm

214

RJOrion said:

Christopher Tracy's Parade

Really,why?

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Reply #15 posted 10/19/16 4:27pm

FUNKNROLL

Violet the Organ Grinder
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Reply #16 posted 10/19/16 4:35pm

bigbrother

I'd say 'My Little Pill' and 'Orgasm'
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Reply #17 posted 10/20/16 3:05pm

RJOrion

214 said:

RJOrion said:

Christopher Tracy's Parade

Really,why?

just the whole carnival, state fair, marching band arrangements, swirling throughout the recording....i always used to skip it, but as ive gotten older, ive come to appreciate it....the whole Parade Album has aged gracefully...maybe moreso than any of his other older albums...

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Reply #18 posted 10/20/16 3:20pm

NorthC

Christopher Tracy's Parade really isn't that much weirder than Bob Dylan's Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35, which also fits RJ's description.
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Reply #19 posted 10/20/16 5:59pm

214

RJOrion said:

214 said:

Really,why?

just the whole carnival, state fair, marching band arrangements, swirling throughout the recording....i always used to skip it, but as ive gotten older, ive come to appreciate it....the whole Parade Album has aged gracefully...maybe moreso than any of his other older albums...

I love that album, and no long ago i used to despise Parade. You're right, it has aged gracefully.

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Reply #20 posted 10/20/16 6:00pm

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NorthC said:

Christopher Tracy's Parade really isn't that much weirder than Bob Dylan's Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35, which also fits RJ's description.

Those lyrics are beyond weird, and we're talkin about fuckin Dylan,and that's sayin something.

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Reply #21 posted 10/21/16 10:46am

NorthC

I was thinking more about the music. Both songs have this carnival/ marching band atmosphere. And lyrics about rain made out of strawberry lemonade are also pretty wacky...
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Reply #22 posted 10/21/16 4:32pm

214

NorthC said:

I was thinking more about the music. Both songs have this carnival/ marching band atmosphere. And lyrics about rain made out of strawberry lemonade are also pretty wacky...

Every little thing about that song is weird.

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