FOLKSINGERS  1:38 am March 27, 2009

Sure, Let’s Have Prince Sing About AIG

by Ken Layne

Here is your Minneapolis man Prince, on the Jay Leno (!) show, just cold singing about AIG and income inequality and hard times and such, with an honest “but me” when he mentions the old neighborhood. Good or bad? We are not sure! Not bad, though. Dylan and his three gospel singers, pretty much, 1979, + Stevie Wonder harmonica, Joe Strummer guitar toss, ice cold. Uhm. OPEN THREAD. [via Tony Pierce]

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naveed March 27, 2009 at 1:47 am

When did he reappropriate a name?

bourbonwhore March 27, 2009 at 1:49 am

When the hell did Prince get his groove back? And that drummer was the sheeeeit.

Zadig March 27, 2009 at 1:53 am

[re=274782]naveed[/re]: Man, next he’ll reappropriate Morris Day and the Time.

facehead March 27, 2009 at 1:55 am

Having gone WAY over my daily orgasm quota, I can’t watch.

El Pinche March 27, 2009 at 1:59 am

glorious! I love the set and jellyfish.

sati demise March 27, 2009 at 1:59 am

He is a sexy, sexy man.
Sorry, whatever his name is he’s always hot.

ZombieRichardFeynman March 27, 2009 at 2:00 am

He’s getting a bit long in the tooth for “I sure am cool” swagger.

sati demise March 27, 2009 at 2:03 am

[re=274790]ZombieRichardFeynman[/re]: jealous zombies!

Atheist Nun March 27, 2009 at 2:15 am

Prince? He’s cool, but I put all my money with Wu Tang Financialâ„¢.

Cash Rules Everything Around Me
Get The Money
Dolla Dolla Bill Y’all

Lionel Hutz Esq. March 27, 2009 at 2:21 am

Wait, wasn’t Prince elected Senator from Minnesota?

S.Luggo March 27, 2009 at 2:48 am

[re=274782]naveed[/re]: Just before Eric Cantor tried to acquire the name, even though Cantor is insufficiently butch.

WindbagCity March 27, 2009 at 3:01 am

I’m enjoying Ken’s utter indecisiveness on this one… And I agree! It’s kinda “uhh”, but then again, kinda funky!

But wait, does this mean that Jay Leno has acheived a hat trick of late-nite political trenchant-ness??

SayItWithWookies March 27, 2009 at 3:07 am

[re=274785]bourbonwhore[/re]: Talk about Old Skool — he’s playin’ some go-go — a DC original.

Bearbloke March 27, 2009 at 3:08 am

[re=274797]Lionel Hutz Esq.[/re]: No, he was elected governor, beating Jesse ‘The Body’ in a GLAM-off…

Gallowglass March 27, 2009 at 3:15 am

He hasn’t aged a day. Creepy.

SayItWithWookies March 27, 2009 at 3:41 am

Okay, a little late-night blogtrolling — I offer the Republicans some help with their giant fart of a budget:

SayItWithWookies March 27, 2009 at 4:14 am

[re=274809]Gallowglass[/re]: It’s because he bathes daily in the preservative formerly known as formaldehyde.

ServiceJervixJuice March 27, 2009 at 4:44 am

Best Prince effort in years, in my opiumpinion.

God, Country, and Jail March 27, 2009 at 6:19 am

Seriously, for such an A-List weirdo it’s nice to see he can get in a groove like a normal person. And by normal person I mean talented musical robot.

TGY March 27, 2009 at 6:39 am

Yeah. Kinda bland for Prince, snd I’m a fan. It’s hard to find a rhyme for ‘AIG’ except for ‘douchebags’.

TimesUp March 27, 2009 at 8:02 am

Prince singing about social stratification is laughable. I liked him better in those bare-ass yellow pants singing “Cream.” Smokin’ harp though.

WideStance March 27, 2009 at 8:08 am

When the Mother Ship comes, you better be ready to ride.

Capitol Hillbilly March 27, 2009 at 8:10 am

[re=274806]SayItWithWookies[/re]: yeah he is but needs tha horns …

howell March 27, 2009 at 8:17 am

Well, they are certainly not the Corvids.

Texan Bulldoggette March 27, 2009 at 8:21 am

It wasn’t any “Dance, Music, Sex, Romance”, but it’s good to see that Michael Jackson lite (on the weirdo scale) can still rock. At least he wasn’t bitching about gay marriage again.

watershed March 27, 2009 at 8:23 am

Prince can do no wrong for me, forever, after I saw him utterly crush this guitar solo during “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in the Hall of Fame tribute to George Harrison. It is outerworldly. Watch it and be amazed.

MargeSimpsonsBlackFriend March 27, 2009 at 8:29 am

[re=274786]Zadig[/re]: Please, please, please let this happen. SOON.

hockeymom March 27, 2009 at 8:40 am

I have very fond memories of being about 17 and sneaking in to First Avenue to see Prince.

Fun fact! Prince and FOX’s piano playing Lauren Green went to elementary school together. He asked her out in 6th grade and she declined….mainly because she was about 12 feet taller than him.

rina March 27, 2009 at 9:05 am

[re=274840]watershed[/re]: I think I need some alone time.

floraway March 27, 2009 at 9:08 am

Do you think that he goes door to door and sings funky songs about being a Jehovah’s Witness? I can only hope…

RushLickBall March 27, 2009 at 9:09 am

Back in the day, political music = waking people up. Today when AIG is 24/7 on multimedia, just corny.

ChernobylSoup March 27, 2009 at 9:16 am

Sumbitch stole the philosopher’s stone from Dumbledore. No way he’s 50+.

[re=274840]watershed[/re]: Agreed; that Hall of Fame gig was the best guitar solo ever.

DC Hates Me March 27, 2009 at 9:42 am

Celebrating the new poverty like it’s 2009. We need more anthems for the next wave of drug gangs, prostitution and street crime.

Jazzman March 27, 2009 at 9:42 am

Class warfare IS funny from a guy that made $85 mil in just the first year off Purple Rain, then built a giant purple mansion on the shores of a lake inhabited by white bread CEO’s. Come to think of it, that was the coolest thing he ever did. Ghettofabulous!

arclight March 27, 2009 at 10:29 am

Isn’t Prince now part of the Quiverfull movement?

NoWireHangers March 27, 2009 at 10:41 am

God I love, Prince. I would so do him. He’s a sexy motherfucker, no?

I wish Barry would have sent us some goddamn stimulus checks, because The Purple One is playing 3 shows Saturday night in LA (yes, all the same night b/c he is that fabulous) and I want to go, but my music budget has been tapped out by Coachella and the Hollywood Bowl. $77 + Ticketbastard fees to see Prince! I’ve already seen him twice, but seeing him live is always an amazing experience. Why? WHY!

I also love that you love Prince, Ken. You’re always sneaking in a post here or there, which I appreciate since I love Prince and trucknutz.

NoWireHangers March 27, 2009 at 10:45 am

[re=274794]Atheist Nun[/re]: Don’t you know that Money Don’t Matter 2 Night?

[re=274839]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: I never believed the gay marriage hate thing. Prince was basically gay in the 70s, straight in the 80s, and sexual deviant throughout. He’s fucked everyone. I equated the weird quotes to the same confusion and misunderstanding that spawned some of his lesser albums and the “artist formerly known as…” confusion of the early 90s. Prince is an enigma.

TCDang March 27, 2009 at 11:06 am

I thought the neo-purple rain intro was great-not sure I see Ken’s Bob Dylan comparison, although those born-again days were dark ones for Minnesota’s other famous guy, IMHO

lazyb March 27, 2009 at 11:18 am

[re=274840]watershed[/re]: oh my goodness.
Prince is one funky pocket rock star. He could be 93 years old drooling and hideous and I would still let him do disgusting things to me because the little man is just made of sexy.

OverlySensitiveNegress March 27, 2009 at 11:19 am

[re=274840]watershed[/re]: When I watch Prince play guitar, I want to kneel in front of him and scream, “Come on my face!!!!”

Texan Bulldoggette March 27, 2009 at 11:20 am

[re=274926]NoWireHangers[/re]: Don’t you mean he’s a a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma? Because he’s small enough for that to be true.

shnazzer March 27, 2009 at 11:22 am

that was hotness.
how is jay leno getting all the good shit though?
jay leno???

thefrontpage March 27, 2009 at 11:32 am

It’s always been inconceivable to us rock fans how anyone on the planet could ever have been a fan of, a follower of, and bought records by, and attended concerts by, this guy who goes by “Prince.” Ugh. Not only that, he’s about the worst live performer many of us have seen. But maybe it’s just a rock vs. whatever thing. But we’ll tell you–real rock fans can’t stand this guy. And he keeps trying to do funk-rock, but he fails at that, too. What a weird thing this guy is for a lot of people. Strange.

lawrenceofthedesert March 27, 2009 at 11:36 am

[re=274840]watershed[/re]: You’re about “Weeps,” on which he loosens up the other entrenched rock egos onstage as well, and about Prince’s guitar playing, which gets lost in the welter of showmanship (no small part of solo guitar). It’s not just technique, which Prince has plenty of, but he seems to be able to improvise as well as jazz players, with ideas coming in torrents. His solos on “Weeps” are based on three very different approaches to the melody, very cerebral, yet he isn’t afraid to just kick back and riff when in between. His playing is as solid as his shows are silly, all of which has worked just fine for him. It’s probably just me, but I always hear a hint of the Flames’ (James Brown’s ultra-tight band) lead player in his guitar work, which can be surprisingly and delightfully tight.

Astrobastard March 27, 2009 at 11:45 am

[re=274982]thefrontpage[/re]: “Us rock fans”? You mean Harley-riding, ponytailed middle managers who think Clapton is the shit and get mad ’cause they can’t find “Disco Sucks” bumper stickers at their local head shop anymore?

DoctorCulturae March 27, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Yeah he’s showy and short, but Mr. Prince-a-la is a synthesist of the highest order. His stuff funks, rocks, and is chock full of different musical approaches occurring in rapid succession. For him to offer his own slammin, cracked version of Strauss’ ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra,’ familiar as 2001: A Space Odyssey, again puts him in the realm of artists reaching for something beyond the hollow commercial approaches of the past. Don’t be fooled by his over-the-top artifice and posing. Note the connections between the images of the music from the film to 2001 & Preznit Hopey’s campaign logo. The energy is the message.

HuddledMass March 27, 2009 at 12:18 pm

[re=275005]Astrobastard[/re]: Wooooo! Takedown! I like it…

zenferret March 27, 2009 at 12:22 pm


Wondering if that was real rock that was stolen from them blacks once.
Then when that got stale they stole some more.
And then sole some more when that too got stale.

Which was the real rock? I never knew.

Bearbloke March 27, 2009 at 12:33 pm

[re=274839]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: Where is he? Pro, Con, or Other?

sanantonerose March 27, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Are those…gigantic jellyfish hanging in the background? A sendup to Spongebob?

Texan Bulldoggette March 27, 2009 at 12:50 pm

[re=275064]Bearbloke[/re]: Very con. Somesuch about it not being in the Bible & being yucky. Which is very ironic considering the source, eh?

lampadadog March 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Swing down sweet chariot, stop, and let me ride!

lampadadog March 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm

[re=274982]thefrontpage[/re]: It’s tragic that you’ve seen him live and I haven’t. Where is the justice?

Spiderfrommars March 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm

[re=274822]ServiceJervixJuice[/re]: Clearly you missed the Superbowl halftime Prince. I longed for it this year while watching Springsteen gasp for breath.

AllHat March 27, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Music is his part-time gig. He’s actually a DC lobbyist; what do you think “Alphabet Street” was about?

Chet Kincaid March 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I had no idea Desiree Rogers was so talented.

Bearbloke March 27, 2009 at 10:23 pm

[re=275092]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: well, in that case I won’t be bothered about not spending $$ to see him on this tour – but I do have my sweet memories of seeing him in the ’1999/Purple Rain’ and ‘Glam Slam’ eras…

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