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Thread started 05/16/19 12:12pm

rusty1

May 16 1984 "When Doves Cry" was released

The first time i heard this classic song
i became a Prince fan right away.
It sounded so different than any other
song i'd ever heard.
There was never any other song before it or
after that would blow me away ever again.
The song hooked me in immediately from the
opening of the Linn-Drum combined with that
guitar into.
Prince had the guts to remove that bass at
the last minute.
On top of all of it, Prince wrote that song
in March of 84, after the director of PR
asked him to write another song.
Thank God it happened.
As a song it was a complete masterpiece
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[Edited 5/16/19 12:13pm]
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Reply #1 posted 05/16/19 12:22pm

soladeo1

Agreed. Although a Prince fan since 1999 When Doves Cry BLEW ME AWAY
when I first herd it on Portland, Maine’s W.I.G.Y.
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Reply #2 posted 05/16/19 2:58pm

KoolEaze

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When I first heard this song and saw the video I was immediately hooked.

It remains my favorite Prince song to this day.

And 17 Days is a great b-side.

" 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 #3 posted 05/16/19 4:38pm

rusty1

KoolEaze said:

When I first heard this song and saw the video I was immediately hooked.


It remains my favorite Prince song to this day.


And 17 Days is a great b-side.



The best single release ever with a B-side
hands down
100% agree
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Reply #4 posted 05/16/19 6:05pm

lurker316

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When I first heard this song I didn't like it. It was too strange for me. But after listening to it repeated, I finally understood the genuis. Not it's by far my favorite of his popular hits.

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A lot Prince's masterpieces are like this. On first listen they are very strange, but after repeated listens you eventually get it.

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David Z made this point in an interview. The hooks for some of Prince's songs are buried. You don't hear them at first, but eventually you do. And when you do you're blown away.

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Reply #5 posted 05/16/19 7:50pm

bsprout

Although I was already a Prince fan, I agree with everything the OP says here...this is my favorite Prince song and probably my favorite song, period. I love a lot of songs by many artists, but this one absolutely blew away when I first heard it. I agree it’s a masterpiece.
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Reply #6 posted 05/16/19 7:53pm

bsprout

KoolEaze said:

When I first heard this song and saw the video I was immediately hooked.


It remains my favorite Prince song to this day.


And 17 Days is a great b-side.



Yes! And I have the 45, in purple lol
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Reply #7 posted 05/17/19 12:05am

love2thenines2
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Confirmed during a chat interview with the Revolution back in 2017...there are an instrumental unreleased version of WDC and a longer with vocals alternative one in the Vault! ( different from the bass version)
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Reply #8 posted 05/17/19 4:49am

lurker316

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love2thenines2003 said:

Confirmed during a chat interview with the Revolution back in 2017...there are an instrumental unreleased version of WDC and a longer with vocals alternative one in the Vault! ( different from the bass version) [Edited 5/17/19 0:06am]

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Is the bass version floating around as a bootleg, or has no one outside of Prince's inner circle every heard it?

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Reply #9 posted 05/17/19 10:04am

BalladofPeterP
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I had been a Prince fan for years already and was still blasting 1999 daily when I first heard "When Doves Cry" on the radio. I don't even have the words to describe how exciting and different it was than everything on the radio at the time. EVERYBODY was talking about it when that track dropped! It was like aliens had landed in your radio!

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Reply #10 posted 05/17/19 12:10pm

darlingnikkkki

The song that changed my life forever in the summer of ‘84.
"I want to be the only one you come for...."
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Reply #11 posted 05/17/19 12:29pm

kingricefan

Had already been a fan since the release of Controversy and then onto the exquisite 1999 album (and the wonderful B-sides related to it) when the single for WDC was played on the radio for the first time. I can't find the words to express how I felt back then other than to say that I was floored by what I heard. I had chills and the hair on my arms stood up. The song was so very different from what was being played on the radio and even from what Prince had done before. There was no comparison out there anywhere. I, too, still have the original purple vinyl 45 in my collection.

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Reply #12 posted 05/18/19 5:14pm

Dalia11

One of my favorite tracks from "Purple Rain".
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Reply #13 posted 05/19/19 8:43pm

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rusty1 said:

The first time i heard this classic song i became a Prince fan right away. It sounded so different than any other song i'd ever heard. There was never any other song before it or after that would blow me away ever again. The song hooked me in immediately from the opening of the Linn-Drum combined with that guitar into. Prince had the guts to remove that bass at the last minute. On top of all of it, Prince wrote that song in March of 84, after the director of PR asked him to write another song. Thank God it happened. As a song it was a complete masterpiece [Edited 5/16/19 12:13pm] [Edited 5/16/19 12:13pm]

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So Prince, whom fought 4 his first record deal & got it, fought 4 a movie deal & got it, fought 4 freedom from his WB contract & got it, fought 4 his masters & got them.Gets a curable illness & says 2 himself ok, I'm done. "Life is a Box Of Chocolates"
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Reply #14 posted 05/20/19 5:06pm

gandorb

His best single ever!

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Reply #15 posted 05/21/19 9:59am

RJOrion

i was at Tower Records on Watt Ave. in Sacramento when i heard it for the first time... i wasnt really a Prince "fan"at that point...i liked "1999", but when i heard WDC for the first time, and that drum programming hit my soul, i was hooked for life...
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Reply #16 posted 05/27/19 3:07pm

funkaholic1972

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Similar situation here. I was already familiar with the song 1999 and liked it, but didn't know it was made by a guy named Prince (and his band The Revolution). But when I heard WDC on the radio the first time I was immediately sold. I got out and bought the single, became a massive Prince fan and never looked back! cool

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time!
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