Some people might argue that a purple blouse may be a wardrobe malfunction in itself, but the master of androgynous style and ambiguous sexuality will be rocking Miami at the Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show anyway. That’s right, nothing symbolizes the brute force and awesome power of football quite like Prince.
But what Prince lacks in testosterone and masculinity he more than makes up for in fucking amazingtude and coolestcateverness. You have to respect a guy of whom Miles Davis says in his autobiography, “Prince is from the school of James Brown, and I love James Brown because of all the great rhythms he plays. Prince reminds me of him and Cameo reminds me of Sly Stone. But Prince got some Marvin Gaye and Jimi Hendrix and Sly in him, also, even Little Richard. He’s a mixture of all those guys and Duke Ellington. He reminds me in a way of Charlie Chaplin…”
So if you’re counting at home, Miles thinks Prince is an amalgamation of JB, Marvin Gaye, Jimi, Sly, Little Richard, Duke and Charlie Chaplin. Sounds about right. Although, Miles also gushes about the greatness of Cameo and describes his own touring band at the time like this: “The band I had in 1987 was a motherfucker, man.”
Anyway, enough setup — here’s Prince and Miles playing It’s Gonna Be a Beautiful Night on New Year’s 1987 at Paisley Park Studios (more of a Miles clip but whatevs):
Thanks to Pete over at Ickmusic for reminding me of this collaboration in the comments section of last week’s edition. Let’s get on with the rest of the haul…
- I’m not much of a fan of the hip hop, and I don’t know how their community feels about Mos Def, but I’ve always remembered seeing him do one of them there freestyle kinda raps on Chappelle’s Show back in the day, and I really enjoyed it. Super duper shit. Thank the good lord for YouTube: Mos Definitely watch this shit
- Since I was just in Buffalo last week as part of an occupational adventure, let’s honor that fair town with this high-quality Grateful Dead clip from within the city limits in 1989: Man Smart, Woman Smarter, Brent Smartest
- I can’t think of a good intro for this one, so just enjoy it and backdate your own set-up for it: CSNY on Wooden Ships at Wembley in 1974
- At this point, Traffic is probably my biggest classic rock regret. Lately I find myself listening to their shows more than almost any other ’70s band, and I’m wondering why I’ve been so slow to audit their entire history. Anyway, here’s a cool clip of Evening Blue from 1973
- Apparently some solid video of Medeski, Martin & Wood does exist somewhere on the world wide web — check out Part I and Part II of this quality video recording from Brasil back in March
I just spelled Brasil with an “s.” How fucking heady am I? Uber-heady.