Artist Formerly Known as “Somebody Whom People Above the Age of 40 Might Vaguely Remember Having Heard About” Dies

World ends in flames.

News at 11.

Wake us up when something consequential happens.


UPDATE and afterthought: Now, we may have left you Kind Readers and LCs all with the impression that we didn’t care for or even actively disliked Mr. Prince and, reading the lines above, we can’t hardly blame anybody for drawing that conclusion.

That’s absolutely not true, however. We greatly respected him as an incredibly talented musician, and he wrote quite a few tunes included on the Soundtrack of Our Imperial Life. Not to mention many, many more admirable acts of his better summed up by Deej in the comments to this post.

We’re just a bit more than simply sick and tired of what masquerades as “news” in this ridiculous age in which we find ourself living, particularly how the demise of an entertainer, no matter how talented, apparently requires that everybody have a synchronized, public meltdown over said enormous calamity to the exclusion of all other rational thought, and we decided to count ourself out.

None of which is Prince’s fault, obviously. May he rest in peace and may his impressive legacy live on. In our minds.



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    Terrapod growls and barks:

    I am told he was something of a virtuoso with the guitar, but never was really interested in his music style.

    Somehow Cuban reggae hip-hop mish-mash does not click.

    Why an androgynous Hispanic of indeterminate parentage had a cult like following I know not. In any event RIP wherever you now are.

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    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    How was he “Hispanic” if “of indeterminate parentage”–unless he spoke Spanish or Portuguese?

    Eric Clapton supposedly called him the world’s best guitarist. I wasn’t all that familiar with his music, but what I find most amazing is that he started out in my native Minnesota & stayed here. An interesting sidelight:

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    irish19 growls and barks:

    LC Xystus @ #:
    That should cause some proggie skulls to explode.

    :em01: :em05:

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    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    irish19 @ #:

    That should cause some proggie skulls to explode.

    Ask and ye shall receive


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    Retired Spook growls and barks:

    Watch the guitar solo he did at the Rock&Roll HOF for George Harrison’s induction. When people who I consider amazing guitarists just shake their heads in amazement, it tends to cause you to rethink your position on stuff.

    And he tended to write songs, and then give them away to people who he thought needed a boost.

    Not my cup of tea, but sounds like he was a genuinely good person.

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    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    WOW. I’ve know most of you were curmudgeons but…

    You may not have liked one of his “styles” of music, but you probably don’t realize that he wrote a SHITLOAD of songs for other people that you probably do like — but never knew that they were his songs.

    I admit that I wasn’t a great fan of much of his work, but I admired it for the pure TALENT involved.

    Prince was a music machine. Not only can he be considered to be as great if not greater a guitarist than Jimmy Hendrix, the man played almost 30 different instruments — flawlessly and effortlessly.

    Virtually every record he recorded had only one artist: HIMSELF. He wrote the song, he played every instrument and performed every vocal on that record.

    He is rumored to have over 1500 recorded songs complete with music videos that nobody has ever heard, locked in his vault.

    While he is rumored to be worth in excess of $300 million, the man gave away more money than he ever kept. He used to do these “pop-up” concerts where hundreds of people would attend on a moment’s notice, and every dime he collected went anonymously to disadvantaged youth programs throughout the country.

    I agree with Retired Spook on this.

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    irish19 growls and barks:

    angrywebmaster @ #:
    :em05: :em05: :em05:

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    L.O.R. Ankle biter growls and barks:

    His music isn’t really my style and I know nothing of his actual talent or the way he lived his life, so I just kind of shrugged. Bit embarrassing how much of a public figure’s life is up for discussion when he died. It is none of my business at all, for instance, that his sister filed to be the executor of his estate since he apparently had no will.

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    DJ Allyn, MPSE @ #: Just. WOW!!!!!!!! I always listened to his music when it came on the radio, didn’t ever go searching for something else, but I never knew all that about him. Respect, and RIP.

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    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E. @ #11:

    If you REALLY want to be blown away by how great of a guitar player (and artist) he was, check out the induction of George Harrison in 2004 to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, where he SHREDS on the outgo solo to “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. It starts at 3:33 in the video below and runs to 6:09 where he does something absolutely MAGICAL with the guitar.

    Can you tell me where the guitar went?

    H/T: Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery

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    Check out his album called The Vault (Old Friends 4 Sale). Unreleased cuts
    that didn’t make onto albums. Really jazzy and damned funky. A great album