April 22, 2016

Some Guy with One Song People of a Certain Age Vaguely Remember Dies and the Popped Out Pop Culture Loses It's Little Mind

"The Bullshit is strong with this one."

As Sippican notes in Sippican Cottage: The Genuine Article, "I prefer my lugubrious fuzz-wah guitar playing to be accompanied by good singing, thanks."

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 22, 2016 1:16 PM
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Posted by: ghostsniper at April 22, 2016 2:42 PM

Aw geez. There's some other guy from Minnesota, you know, and he mumbles when he's not singing through his nose, and some folks treat every word of his as Received Wisdom.

In the Twin Cities, everyone of an age has a Prince Encounter Story. The woman of the house used to ride the city buses with him back when he lived in Nordeast, and she remembers him as polite and friendly.

Me, I apparently have driven past Paisley Park several times. I'm pretty sure I have, anyway. But they're gonna be singing Purple Rain outside the First Avenue club he made famous for another couple of nights.

Posted by: Gordon at April 22, 2016 3:50 PM

I know I've heard of the guy for years, perhaps decades. But I don't know much about him, and I'm not sure whether I've ever even heard that Purple Rain tune of his. (If so, I wouldn't know it.)

I was surprised to hear a few facts about him quoted on the radio today. For one, they said he was a Jehovah's Witness. I didn't even know that the JWs let their members play the kind of music that would get you famous. The other thing they said that he was actually quite conservative, and a Republican, though apparently he didn't vote much. Surprising, given that he was a popular musician, but not so surprising, given that he was a JW.

So it goes.

Posted by: Grizzly at April 22, 2016 5:24 PM

So which one of his many hits is the one you vaguely remember?

Posted by: Pbird at April 22, 2016 9:39 PM

"Purple rain, all in my brain
Lately things they don't seem too dry
Actin' funny, but I don't know why
Excuse me while I drain the sky
Purple rain, all around
Don't know if it's fallin' up or down"

Posted by: Van der Leun at April 22, 2016 11:03 PM

You're a dumbass. I like your site otherwise (or odds are, I never would have seen this)…

Posted by: KimH at April 23, 2016 2:50 AM


The JW stuff came later. In the late 70s and 1980s he was, pound for pound (he was 5' 2") the most active and successful pussy hound on the planet. When his mom was dying she made him promise to become a JW.

He seems to have been sincere about it. People all over the Twin Cities have reported that he knocked on their door with copies of the Watchtower, wanting to talk about God. I suspect he was more successful at getting in the door than others.

Posted by: Gordon at April 23, 2016 3:43 AM

pretty cool Star of David around Sly's neck. who knew he was a Jew?

Posted by: Alex at April 23, 2016 4:34 AM

The only song I remember of Prince goes something like ".... you don't have to be rich to rock my world, you don't have to be a girl, to be my girl ....". something like that.

Posted by: Hanzo at April 23, 2016 5:55 AM

Sorry for double post.

Posted by: Hanzo at April 23, 2016 5:57 AM

"You're a dumbass. I like your site otherwise (or odds are, I never would have seen this)…"

Speaking of dumbasses, you say that as if you think anyone cares.

Posted by: D S Craft at April 23, 2016 10:22 AM

Hanzo, you misquote the lyric. Go back and read it.

Posted by: pbird at April 23, 2016 10:29 AM

I guess Prince had more talent, but I'll bet Sly was a lot more fun to be around...

Posted by: Charlie at April 23, 2016 10:59 AM

The wife is indignant, "no, he was straight, really!" me: "Yeah, Little Richard and the guy in The White House have kids too!"

shakes her head and walks off in a huff.

Posted by: Will at April 23, 2016 11:51 AM

Prince's persona was seen as an insult to traditional America, hence his idolization by the left.

Posted by: James LePore at April 24, 2016 6:49 AM

Ahhh...James, I don't think so. He was seen as apolitical by most folks here in Minnesota and they knew him best. In his later life especially he was rather conservative in values.

In his 20s he was pretty much your typical Rock and Roll God, with all that implies in terms of living large and chasing pussy. And that was part of his appeal. He was not a funk or soul artist. He was rock and roll first, with a funky vibe.

Posted by: Gordon at April 24, 2016 9:45 AM