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Thread started 06/13/20 4:59pm

rusty1

"Private Joy" appreciation

I think this song is very much overlooked.
This is a really good song & a nice groove.
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Reply #1 posted 06/13/20 5:02pm

soladeo1

GREAT song. Criminally underrated. Pure pop bliss.

I believe it’s also one of Prince’s first drum machine songs too.
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Reply #2 posted 06/13/20 5:20pm

lustmealways

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YES

deserves classic status. 10/10. one of the most underappreciated and misunderstood songs i've ever seen. perfection.

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Reply #3 posted 06/13/20 6:02pm

SoulAlive

Should have been a single music

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Reply #4 posted 06/13/20 8:03pm

robertgeorge

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An underrated and underappreciated track, that is not given enough credit by fans and is unknown to the general public. Trivia time, pop singer Kylie Minogue early on in her career said in an interview that it was a favorite song of hers. The song was covered by Latoya Jackson.

Very addictive song that has the cool lyric "I strangle Valentino you've been mine ever since. If anyone asks, you belong to Prince." Of course it has that "Vibrator" / "Orgasm" guitar sound at the end to make it distinctively Prince rather than just pure pop. I like it better than "delerious" (a single from 1999 so not far removed from this Controversy track). Controversy is such a cool album, the bridge between Dirty Mind and 1999.

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Reply #5 posted 06/14/20 3:53pm

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robertgeorge said:

An underrated and underappreciated track, that is not given enough credit by fans and is unknown to the general public. Trivia time, pop singer Kylie Minogue early on in her career said in an interview that it was a favorite song of hers. The song was covered by Latoya Jackson.

Very addictive song that has the cool lyric "I strangle Valentino you've been mine ever since. If anyone asks, you belong to Prince." Of course it has that "Vibrator" / "Orgasm" guitar sound at the end to make it distinctively Prince rather than just pure pop. I like it better than "delerious" (a single from 1999 so not far removed from this Controversy track). Controversy is such a cool album, the bridge between Dirty Mind and 1999.


r u getting paid 2 post? u sound like a magazine.

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Reply #6 posted 06/14/20 5:36pm

JellyBean

One of my top Ten Prince songs. Love this groove.

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Reply #7 posted 06/14/20 7:49pm

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I have always liked it!

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Reply #8 posted 06/14/20 8:09pm

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lustmealways said:

YES


deserves classic status. 10/10. one of the most underappreciated and misunderstood songs i've ever seen. perfection.



Yes
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Reply #9 posted 06/16/20 3:15am

slyjackson

It's really a great song which I just despise as a throwaway, how wrong I was.

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Reply #10 posted 06/16/20 9:01am

namepeace

A classic.

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Reply #11 posted 06/16/20 10:31am

PurpleCreme

I love it, it's one of the key songs that got me into Prince's music. Fun, relatable song. Love that it's about Susan also!

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Reply #12 posted 06/17/20 4:10am

RJOrion

best songs on the Controversy album

Private Joy
Sexuality
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Reply #13 posted 06/17/20 5:24am

SquirrelMeat76

Always liked Private Joy. I think Controversy is one of Prince's weaker albums, but this one was a highlight. Great guitar break at the end too

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Reply #14 posted 06/17/20 6:42am

RJOrion

SquirrelMeat76 said:

Always liked Private Joy. I think Controversy is one of Prince's weaker albums, but this one was a highlight. Great guitar break at the end too



i never thought that highly of Controvesy either...it took me years to get into that album...and then i only really like Private Joy, Sexuality, Annie Christian, and Do Me Baby
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Reply #15 posted 06/17/20 6:50pm

lurker316

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RJOrion said:

SquirrelMeat76 said:

Always liked Private Joy. I think Controversy is one of Prince's weaker albums, but this one was a highlight. Great guitar break at the end too

i never thought that highly of Controvesy either...it took me years to get into that album...and then i only really like Private Joy, Sexuality, Annie Christian, and Do Me Baby


What about the title track, Controversy? You didn't list that as one you like? That's one of his greatest all-time songs.


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Reply #16 posted 06/17/20 10:44pm

slyjackson

lurker316 said:

RJOrion said:

SquirrelMeat76 said: i never thought that highly of Controvesy either...it took me years to get into that album...and then i only really like Private Joy, Sexuality, Annie Christian, and Do Me Baby


What about the title track, Controversy? You didn't list that as one you like? That's one of his greatest all-time songs.


One of his best, it's not just a song it's more of a statement of sorts.

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Reply #17 posted 06/18/20 2:49am

TheFman

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RJOrion said:

SquirrelMeat76 said: i never thought that highly of Controvesy either...it took me years to get into that album...and then i only really like Private Joy, Sexuality, Annie Christian, and Do Me Baby


What about the title track, Controversy? You didn't list that as one you like? That's one of his greatest all-time songs.


As they say that GM's greatest moment was the sax intro to CWhispers, I think P's greatest moment could perhaps be the 'Do I believe in god, do I believe in me?' line.

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Reply #18 posted 06/24/20 4:36am

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I like the lyrical content and what Prince(r.i.p.) is really talkng about. Even when I first heard it I knew exactly what he was really talking about & it was so nasty that he worshiped it.

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Reply #19 posted 07/19/20 1:18pm

telecode101

I always thought "Annie Christian" was the stellar hidden gem off that record.

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Reply #20 posted 07/19/20 2:57pm

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telecode101 said:

I always thought "Annie Christian" was the stellar hidden gem off that record.




FOR ME...this is....this the best innovative trax on the album and the best one!
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Reply #21 posted 07/19/20 4:55pm

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love2thenines2003 said:

telecode101 said:

I always thought "Annie Christian" was the stellar hidden gem off that record.

FOR ME...this is....this the best innovative trax on the album and the best one!

Didn't really care much for it when I first heard the album. However, after hearing it live on some Controversy Tour soundboards, I have a whole new appreciation for it. Simply stunning!

Who's the private d*ck that's a sex machine to all the chicks?
Who's the man that would risk his neck for his brother man?
Who's the cat who won't cop out when there's danger all about?
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Reply #22 posted 07/19/20 6:00pm

glamlife2

Private Joy has been a favorite of mine since the first day I brought the vinyl home in 1984... Definitely should have been a single! I also love that Susan inspired it. smile

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Reply #23 posted 07/20/20 3:48am

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SoulAlive said:

Should have been a single music


yeahthat It was used as the B-side to 'Do Me Baby'. Personally I think he should have switched them around.

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Reply #24 posted 07/20/20 10:22am

Poplife88

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Really like this album. Private Joy is def a highlight. That song in particular is the bridge to the 1999 sound, vocally and musically imo. But my fave from the album is the epic title track followed closely by Let's Work.

The one I have never been a fan of is Jack U Off.

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Reply #25 posted 07/20/20 1:28pm

slyjackson

VaultCurator said:

SoulAlive said:

Should have been a single music


yeahthat It was used as the B-side to 'Do Me Baby'. Personally I think he should have switched them around.

It should have worked much better. I t could have been a hit in the early 80's

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Reply #26 posted 07/20/20 2:22pm

SoulAlive

VaultCurator said:

SoulAlive said:

Should have been a single music


yeahthat It was used as the B-side to 'Do Me Baby'. Personally I think he should have switched them around.

I agree.

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Reply #27 posted 07/20/20 2:24pm

SoulAlive

in 1981,when I got a copy of this album,I played "Private Joy" over and over and over and over biggrin I was hooked on this song!

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Reply #28 posted 07/20/20 5:58pm

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When I first bought the album, this was my favourite.

Although it's slipped down my list over the years, it's great and it's importance is so understated.

This was joint debut of non-falsetto as a lead vocal (along with Contoversy and Jack U Off) and more importantly, the debut of the linn drum machine.

This is one of the cornerstones of the Prince sound.

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Reply #29 posted 07/21/20 11:27am

funkaholic1972

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I have tried to like Private Joy, but I never managed to get into it. I don't hate it, but I don't love it either. Jack U Off and Ronnie Talk To Russia are two other songs on the Controversy album that I have a hard time with. The rest of the album is top notch 10/10 material!!!

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