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Thread started 02/28/19 6:04pm

TryWhistlingTh
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Weezer may have written a song about Prince on their latest albim

I've been a fan of Weezer a little while.

The guys have dropped a new album today, fittingly titled The Black Album.

In short, anyone think they're referring to a frind of ours?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhGwZ5Q8cy0&index=8&list=OLAK5uy_m8I_qoqv-Yeu81OG2Iky-nILsmIyVgIrw

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Reply #1 posted 03/01/19 3:19am

McGee

There is no way this song is not about Prince

Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do

Once upon a time, there was a prince
He tried to save the world with funk rock riffs
Look at him now, oh
Look at him now, oh
On cobblestones

He's the prince who wanted everything
He's the prince who wanted everything

Do do do do
Do do do do

Ooh, his hair was very Joan Baez
And fans would auction off his autographs
Look at him now, oh
Look at him now, oh
His paisley bones


He's the prince who wanted everything
He's the prince who wanted everything

Do do do do
She do do do

Because life will make a beggar of rich men
Bring the sovereign to his knee-ee-ees
And all the gold and all of the platinum
Melting like a chocolate sea
The only way to escape
Is to dance, dance, dance in the flames

Do do do do
Do do do do

All the courtiers would genuflect
Kiss the ring, secure a bonus check
Where are they now, oh?
Where are they now, oh?
In red corvettes

They left the prince who wanted everything
He's the prince who wanted everything

Do do do do

[Edited 3/1/19 3:20am]

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Reply #2 posted 03/01/19 4:11am

TryWhistlingTh
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Agreed but why "The Prince who wanted everything"?

A reference to the control he wanted over the work which was being barred by his label?

I'd hate to think there's more to the title than a lust for stardom and fame. Sure, Prince enjoyed those things but, as time went on, he became more driven about his creativity and control of his output rather than just chasing a number one.

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Reply #3 posted 03/01/19 10:55am

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Love this homage. Heard it this morning. Been a big Weezer fan for 20+ years as well.

I think this is in reference to all the so called "friends" who turned their back on him over the years. Kind of nod to Old Friends 4 Sale..IMHO.

As my wife said, the best part is they didn't try to incorporate the infamous MPLS sound. It's still Weezer.

Rivers Cuomo is so under appreciated.
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Reply #4 posted 03/01/19 11:08am

TrivialPursuit

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TryWhistlingThis said:

Agreed but why "The Prince who wanted everything"?

A reference to the control he wanted over the work which was being barred by his label?

I'd hate to think there's more to the title than a lust for stardom and fame. Sure, Prince enjoyed those things but, as time went on, he became more driven about his creativity and control of his output rather than just chasing a number one.


Stop over analyzing stuff. Prince wanted people to love each other, and create communities. Love is everything. You're thinking material, Prince thought spiritual.

This experience will cover courtship, sex, commitment, fetishes, loneliness, vindication, love, and hate.
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Reply #5 posted 03/01/19 2:58pm

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I used to really dig Weezer, idk why but I don’t dig any of their newer stuff. The covers record to me was so uninspired. I wonder if Rivers generated this song vis spreadsheet or wrote it specifically... but not that much, really. Haven’t heard the new album of originals and those lyrics don’t make me wanna run out and hear that song. The last album of originals was Ratidue or whatever and it was pretty much unlistenable.
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Reply #6 posted 03/01/19 3:29pm

PennyPurple

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Wow. cry Kind of sad.

McGee said:

There is no way this song is not about Prince

Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do

Once upon a time, there was a prince
He tried to save the world with funk rock riffs
Look at him now, oh
Look at him now, oh
On cobblestones

He's the prince who wanted everything
He's the prince who wanted everything

Do do do do
Do do do do

Ooh, his hair was very Joan Baez
And fans would auction off his autographs
Look at him now, oh
Look at him now, oh
His paisley bones


He's the prince who wanted everything
He's the prince who wanted everything

Do do do do
She do do do

Because life will make a beggar of rich men
Bring the sovereign to his knee-ee-ees
And all the gold and all of the platinum
Melting like a chocolate sea
The only way to escape
Is to dance, dance, dance in the flames

Do do do do
Do do do do

All the courtiers would genuflect
Kiss the ring, secure a bonus check
Where are they now, oh?
Where are they now, oh?
In red corvettes

They left the prince who wanted everything
He's the prince who wanted everything

Do do do do

[Edited 3/1/19 3:20am]

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Reply #7 posted 03/01/19 11:56pm

TryWhistlingTh
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NewPowerToad said:

As my wife said, the best part is they didn't try to incorporate the infamous MPLS sound. It's still Weezer.

Yes!

I really like this aspect of it the most because Weezer are truly making the song their own by just being themselves. In fact, when it opened, it sounded very Beach Boys - but it makes sense because they're a major influence for Weezer.

The fact that the lyrics so clearly convey that this is their tribute to Prince really negates the need for them to include a funky bass line, 80s synth or a ripping guitar solo. It's just Weezer and they just love Prince. What more needs to be said?

[Edited 3/1/19 23:56pm]

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Reply #8 posted 03/02/19 6:20am

3rdeyedude

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StrangeButTrue said:

I used to really dig Weezer, idk why but I don’t dig any of their newer stuff. The covers record to me was so uninspired. I wonder if Rivers generated this song vis spreadsheet or wrote it specifically... but not that much, really. Haven’t heard the new album of originals and those lyrics don’t make me wanna run out and hear that song. The last album of originals was Ratidue or whatever and it was pretty much unlistenable. . https://www.culturecreatu...ers-cuomo/

I think they lost their edge a while ago. Now they are on tour with the Pixies. Nostalgia sells.

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Reply #9 posted 03/02/19 7:14am

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Why not, they rip off everybody else.

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Reply #10 posted 03/02/19 10:00am

luvsexy4all

but why r they called "weeezer"?

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Reply #11 posted 03/02/19 3:35pm

liltalkm

https://ew.com/music/2019/02/27/rivers-cuomo-weezer-black-album-interview/

On the track “The Prince Who Wanted Everything,” you have phrases like “funk-rock riffs” and “paisley bones.” Is that song about Prince?
It didn’t start out to be about Prince. But as I was working on the song and listening to it every day, I just couldn’t help but be reminded of him and his story. I was such a big Prince fan from probably about age 20, even before Weezer started. I just started tweaking the lyrics to make some Prince references.

Cause tomorrow is taking too long
and yesterday's too far away
and the reality that you believe in begins to bind.
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Reply #12 posted 03/03/19 9:21am

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I think they lost their edge a while ago. Now they are on tour with the Pixies. Nostalgia sells.

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I saw them a few years ago on a co-headlining tour with Panic! At The Disco and they were fantastic. It was a much better show than the second time I saw Prince during the Welcome 2 Chicago gig.

Weezer never really had an edge. Rivers has always been slightly goofy, quirky lyrics yet clean riffs and catchy hooks.
I don't think they ever set out to be a killer rock band. They are perfectly comfortable in their lane of nostalgia and pop culture references. That started with Buddy Holly and has never changed.

I don't love everything they put out, nor are they my favorite rock band, (That would be Brand New) but they are a great band to play loud with the sunroof open.
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Reply #13 posted 03/03/19 9:35am

oceanblue

So who is Weezer, and what is the song actually saying about Prince, that he wanted everything, and in the end, look where he ended up, and that the things he put importance on really didn't matter? At least that's what I take from it......anyone?

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Reply #14 posted 03/03/19 1:04pm

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oceanblue said:

So who is Weezer, and what is the song actually saying about Prince, that he wanted everything, and in the end, look where he ended up, and that the things he put importance on really didn't matter? At least that's what I take from it......anyone?


WHO IS WEEZER?!


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Reply #15 posted 03/03/19 1:36pm

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You guys need to get out more. lol



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Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1992. The band currently consists of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals).

After signing to Geffen Records in 1993, Weezer released their debut self-titled album, also known as the "Blue Album", in 1994. Backed by successful music videos for the singles "Buddy Holly", "Undone – The Sweater Song" and "Say It Ain't So", the Blue Album became a 4x platinum success. Their second album, Pinkerton (1996), featuring a darker, more abrasive sound, was a commercial failure and initially received mixed reviews, but went on to achieve cult status and critical acclaim years later. Both the Blue Album and Pinkerton are now frequently cited among the best albums of the 1990s. Following the tour for Pinkerton, bassist Matt Sharp left the band and Weezer went on hiatus.

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Reply #16 posted 03/04/19 12:35pm

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Considering they named their album the same name as the most infamous Prince album of all time, I'd be more surprised if there wasn't a song about Prince on it.

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Reply #17 posted 03/04/19 12:40pm

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Catchy song, though.

Funny - when I read the lyrics, I thought "Man, that doesn't sound like an homage or positive song". But when I heard it sung, it sounded much more like that. I like it.

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Reply #18 posted 03/05/19 10:35am

Mikado

RodeoSchro said:

Considering they named their album the same name as the most infamous Prince album of all time, I'd be more surprised if there wasn't a song about Prince on it.



Weezer have named several records after different colors, so I don't think the name is particularly Prince influenced.
A certain kind of mellow.
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