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On the death of Prince.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Now that he’s gone, I just want to remember him in that essence, that moment. He knew exactly what he was doing. I also want to remember myself buying 1999 in 1982, some freaky kid in a little town, poor white trash, drawn to Prince’s style and music since stumbling across Dirty Mind. I’d waited months for1999. And when I got home I played that thing over and over, getting in sync with his high-dungeon, punk-drenched super-funk, knowing this was his masterpiece. There are moments all over that record that turn into trances, that invite you into his purple bedroom to witness the techno-purple majesty of his purple genius. One of the best is “Automatic,” the almost ten-minute song that starts the second record on the album. It’s a Sodom and Gomorrah UFO full of synth-pop pleasures and vibes. It makes you both elated and a little scared, a product of some dark laboratory filled with S&M apparatus and lavender light.
“Baby,” Prince coos toward the end, right before a chorus of spastic/erotic screams and cries commences, “you’re the purple star in the night supreme.”
He had to be looking in a mirror when he sang that.