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April 23, 2016


steve epstein

I was lucky to see Prince in NYC in late 81 or early 82.

Controversy was played 3 times. 3 different tempos.
And he played 3 different instruments.

I didn't know he wrote the Chaka Khan song..
simply amazing composer.

We lost a Mozart.

The James Brown/Bowie/Prince/Hendrix/Michael Jackson/ Maurice White set in heaven should be relatively god pleasing.

Tomi T Ahonen

To all

Haha time heals apparently all wounds. On 19 September, 1985, Congress held hearings about the corruptive nature of popular music and published its list of the 'Filthy Fifteen' most objectionable songs. It included Motley Crue, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Twisted Sister, Madonna and Cindy Lauper among the 15. I mentioned that Prince-authored Sheena Easton song Sugar Walls made it to the list (at number TWO) as did one Prince-authored Vanity song (Strap On Robbie Baby at number FOUR of 15 of the most evil songs ever) but on the top of the list of 15 most corruptive undesirable songs Congress had heard, was .. of course .. Prince with his song Darling Nicky about female sexuality and masturbation. The most evil corruptive anti-American pop music artist of 1985 was apparently Prince. So thought the Washington Wives who created the Parents Music Resource Center. And yes, there were Senate Hearings about how evil the music was, where Frank Zappa, John Denver and Dee Snider (of Twisted Sister) testified.

So yes. In 1985 Prince was seen as the very epitome of what was evil and corruptive and filthy in modern pop music. Senate hearings. Prince had written songs at number 1, 2 and 4 of that notorious list of 15 and Prince himself sang the song on the top of the list.

How time flies. Today Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken introduced a Senate resolution honoring Prince recognising his unique contributions to music and Minnesota. It was approved. So apparently you can go from most hated musician to one of those so great you get a Senate Resolution passed in your name, in about 31 years (but you might have to die for it to pass). Nice touch by Klobuchar and Franken, and am stunned the Republicans didn't filibuster it. He WAS a black man who dressed often like a woman, were they not aware of this? If they keep approving of black music artists they might find their approval rising from there below used car salesmen and calling center employees.

Cool touch: Resolution was published in Purple ink

Nice move Minnesotans.. Classy move.

Tomi Ahonen :-)

Betty candler

Ice history lesson, thanks. Betty Candler

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