Friday, April 29, 2016

Prince + SM Review-Preview 42

Prince died and we went through the 21st century routine. "OMG I loved Prince. OMG >tears< why? Why God? Why did he have to go? I'm going to listen to all of his stuff for 48 hours and download his three most popular songs off of Itunes." It is the weird public mourning of an emotionally constipated society. I enjoyed Prince's music because half of his tunes were well done and classics on pop-rock radio and the other half were incredibly inappropriate songs about sex. What adolescent boy wasn't going to enjoy the women in the Cream music video?

Weird thing is how Prince does reveal the leftward shift. His movie Purple Rain was considered risque for the sex in it, but is tame now. His androgny and homosexual vibe was considered weird and wild then (and a source of jokes for hetero men) but would be 100% approved and celebrated now. I tip my hat to a man who can dance as he did in high heeled boots. His song "Darling Nikki" (a man has an S&M experience with what is most likely a woman) was considered raunchy, and while it is, it is nothing compared to what followed even as early as the "2 Live Crew".

Akinokure wrote a great post on the afro-ization of Prince, and if you watched any segments on Prince after his death, it makes sense after reading it. Prince was a black rocker of the funk mold. He remained virtually unchallenged after Rick James' flame out due to blacks abandoning the guitar. He was not really R&B, so to see 90% of commentators be blacks talking about how important he was to blacks was disingenuous and transparent. This is not as pathetic as blacks reclaiming Michael Jackson after mocking him for 25 years for abandoning his blackness. The dirty secret is blacks have so little to be proud of that they will rush to claim and display anything they can possibly show to the rest of us as theirs.


Last week I wrote on Virtual Reality and how it can be used in the decline. I then discussed it on the Weimerica Weekly podcast. This week I will write on a Chinese paper from 1999 and its focus on the expanding battlefield of war. War can take any shape now, and globalism and tech opens new fronts. This can be very interesting for challengers to USG as well as to possible defectors from the empire.


peterike said...

Good point about Prince and blackness. Really, what blacks were listening to Prince? His audience was likely 90% white, and Prince worked in a musical idiom that was more white than black. Indeed, he culturally appropriated a lot of white musical tropes while keeping some blackness in the mix.

I was never much of a fan, but the weeping and wailing over the deaths of these rock stars is really getting on my nerves. I have to avoid Facebook for days after someone dies. I really don't understand that faux emotionalism. I mean, I am a huge huge Bob Dylan fan, but when Dylan finally croaks (other than on his songs, hah!) my emotional reaction will be: "wow, that's sad. He was an amazing songwriter." And that will be that.

I keep bringing this public pant-wetting back to Princess Diana's death. That seemed to really herald the era of massive public status weeping -- "oh look at how SAD I am!" And then social media came along and turned it up to 11.

Princess D's death also foreshadowed the age of globalism and mud-sharking when the white fairy princess was tooling around with an Egyptian. British royalty mud sharking?? The civilized world really was coming to an end.

Portlander said...

Yeah, what peter said.

stengle said...

Unfortunately we will see a lot more public grief in the coming years as many rock/pop stars reach the end. While the Beatles are currently down to two, there are plenty of 60s bands like the Stones who will have to surrender to the inevitable at some point.

Still, it will keep the news business busy showing old footage to go with weeping fans.

Jan said...

Some of his songs have a tendency to still make my playlists. I was born in 77, so I am more into his early nineties output where he was already fading from superstardom. I really like "Cream" by the way. "7" is an all time favourite to sing under the shower

Some days ago a colleague came into my office and after a while we talked a little bit about Prince. He told me about some female comedian that must have twittered something like: "If there is a god he's [still he btw] currently putting together a really great band in heaven". I bit my tongue as to make a pop cultural reference this remark was so moronic its audience was deafend by its pure moronism. Doubt the girl had evere listened to a Motorhead song other than Ace of Spades, and that probably once or twice in her lifetime.

What both Lemmy and Prince shared was that they were quintessential stuff white people like. It is part of the consenus among sophisticated white people born after 1965 that both are cool. Actually listening to the music is not part of the deal for most.

And now to something completely different:

Wife away with her girls and kids in bed, I am having a bit of cheesy evening currently watching the Faculty. I was wondering, if you continue your review of goofy nineties movies, what would your take be? I remember seeing this at the cinema with fellow students. Too old for the movie already back then we still had a blast. Now, well it's nonsens, but in a strangely nostalgic way, and actually pretty eerie if taken as metaphor.

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

Had some hits in the early '80s. Peaked with 'Purple Rain.' Always seemed like a performer in the Phil Lynott mold.