November 2, 2014

8 minutes of Prince on "Saturday Night Live."

Now, that was great.

Here's the long-version description in text (in the NYT) if you don't have the patience to watch video or you're a Prince-o-phobe.

And if you want to compare old Prince and new Prince, here's how he looked and sounded on "Saturday Night Live" in 1981.

AND: The music in the new performance is from his 2 new albums "Art Official Age" and "PlectrumElectrum."

35 comments:

David said...

Guy's a survivor. He's an interesting fellow.

I think it was an all girl backup band but one was hard to tell.

traditionalguy said...

That man has talent and puts on an entertaining show. My problem is hearing the lyrics without a transcript. I bet they are interesting words.

Prince is on the right side on eye color implants (just use temporary dark glasses),and women's breasts (just use your real ones.)

PB Reader said...

never been a fan.

jr565 said...

Listened to a bit of the two albums. One seems more standard prince. And the other seems very experimental. Which is cool when an artist tried different sounds. Don't love eithe but I give him props for not making cookie cutter albums. And he probably brings it live.

rhhardin said...

I never understood the appeal of jazz. It just goes on and on.

Brubeck was okay, with the odd time signatures. At least something was happening.

Meade said...

Never been a fanatic; always been an enthusiast since "Little Red Corvette".

james conrad said...

uhhhhhhh, nooooooooooooooo

Bob Boyd said...

I like the third eye shades.

Mr. D said...

An amazing talent.

Bob R said...

When Althouse mentioned the albums a while back, I listened to them on Spotify. They were OK, but no Raspberry Beret or Little Red Corvette (I'm with Meade there.) But I figured that he could make them into a great live show, and that was certainly the case on that clip. Of course, that's where the money is now. They can steal your recorded songs, but they can't steal your live act.

And for the guitar gear-heads, that was some carpet of pedals!

Ann Althouse said...

"I never understood the appeal of jazz. It just goes on and on."

Apparently, you didn't listen to it OR read the NYT piece, which said:

"The limitations of the “S.N.L.” time slot meant that Prince could go one of two ways, either stretching far out on a single song, or shuffling quickly from one to the next. He chose the second approach…."

Bob Ellison said...

I like "Prince-o-phobe".

What you mean is "misPrince", or maybe "misenPrince".

I'm not one. I liked "Kiss", and I watched that SNL video carefully to determine whether Prince is actually playing and singing. He does seem to be playing and singing live.

Bob Ellison said...

Anyway, the guy is working hard and trying new things, as noted above. Not my cup of tea, but he's obviously talented and doing everything possible to put on a show his audience can enjoy.

rhhardin said...

I listened to it.

No counterpoint, no melody, no development, no modulations, nothing to hear.

Faure Clair de Lune.

If you want my preference.

Birches said...

I don't know why such an androgenous little man has such sex appeal, especially now that he is older, but Prince has it.

mezzrow said...

Good stuff, but then Prince is always solid. His experimental nature is his most endearing quality, along with his solid musicianship.

Every time I see Prince I think about Kevin Smith's riff on his experience w/ him. This leads to thoughts about obtaining camels in Minnesota at 3 AM.

This leads to my fevered brain trying to make an analogy between Obama going to Tehran and Prince needing a camel at 3 AM. Those who try to explain to Obama why that won't work are like the Prince minions trying to explain why you can't just go out and get a camel in Minneapolis at 3 AM in January. Anyway, here's Kevin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R73S6sIaIqY

traditionalguy said...

Prince uses a mind sex with a soft touch. Therefore, he needs females to accompany him to make his act seem complete.

mccullough said...

This was great. Hope he plays the Super Bowl again.

Curious George said...

I'm the fan formerly called "don't care"

lemondog said...

Brubeck was okay, with the odd time signatures. At least something was happening

Miles Davis Sketches Of Spain - Concierto De Aranjuez. ?

lemondog said...

Or these jazz musicians, most/all deceased, on the same theme:

Concierto De Aranjuez - Chet Baker & Paul Desmond &Jim Hall & Ron Carter & Steve Gadd & Roland Hanna

madAsHell said...

I think he lifted the sound track from an 80's porno flick.

EDH said...

My first impression, and that often evolves when comes to music, was the writing, especially the lyrics, seemed to me kind of slap-dash.

It reminded me of somebody with writers block and a deadline.

KLDAVIS said...

He's looking a bit like Bob Dylan, no?

Drago said...

madAsHell said...
I think he lifted the sound track from an 80's porno flick.

Already done:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8WZ-Ba-gps

Oh Sheena, what happened to our Morning Train gal?

Meade said...

"He's looking a bit like Bob Dylan, no?"

I know. He was wearing his Blonde on Blonde wig.


EMD said...

I have never seen Prince live. I consider it one of my greatest failures.

Ann Althouse said...

Looking Minnesotan.

FleetUSA said...

Never into Prince.

I understand SNL is having audience issues - maybe this is an attempt to get more eyes.

Was it advertised?

eddie willers said...

Concierto De Aranjuez - Chet Baker & Paul Desmond &Jim Hall & Ron Carter & Steve Gadd & Roland Hanna

You had me at Steve Gadd.

KLDAVIS said...

Frizzy hair, whispy 'stache, shades. Feelin' California.

R. Chatt said...

He's not just a great musician, he's a total artist. He goes the extra mile. Note the lava lamps, his personal symbol on the mic stand, the third eye shades, even his use of eyeliner and false eyelashes. How many men can pull off that? Dylan wore eye makeup too, right? His music is not my fav but I admire him immensely.

furious_a said...

Rolling Stones did a multi-song set on SNL when they released Some Girls, "Miss You" followed by "Shattered", if I remember correctly.

Todd Grimson said...

I liked Prince a lot when he was young and fresh, but after PURPLE RAIN he kept trying to make Elvis movies that more or less turned him into a clown, and his vanity got in the way of the music. Too bad.

Saint Croix said...

I never understood the appeal of jazz. It just goes on and on.

Brubeck was okay, with the odd time signatures. At least something was happening.


Brubeck was amazing, particularly when he was fast.

Not a fan of Prince, but you know what's cool about him?

He uses his fame and his name to help other musicians.