Saturday, December 15, 2007
Prince is a genius and quite possibly the greatest live performer ever. He could play any instrument you throw at him. He could do a full split, scream like a banshee, and offer sex to his audience all in a split second while furiously fingering his keytar. He is also an obsessive, locking himself up and his musicians for days in his studio, creating a startling amount of music that his record company could not cope with his output. There was a time when the world's favourite color was purple. I enjoyed Prince's videos in the 80s, but it wasn't until college that I became a convert (hi Tina, wherever you are). The guy never really went away, releasing at least twenty albums in the 90s. He's been topping the charts again recently, showing upstart pretenders how it's done.