For You came out two years into the Jimmy Carter presidency. Of course, Prince was only 19 at the time of its release … but still, that’s a fact that should make all of us feel really, really old.
Luckily, three decades later, the Purple One is still filling the air with great music. His newest video, “Rock and Roll Love Affair” (http://www.eurweb.com/2012/11/prince-releases-new-music-video-tell-us-what-you-think) is quite good – no frills, no fancy stuff, just Prince’s brilliance (along with a very attractive backing band).
So, we’ve put together a list of some of Prince’s greatest moments. Check them out, if you’re a long-time fan who wants to relive his purple majesty – or, if you’re someone who’s never had the good fortune to enjoy his brilliance.
Prince at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y) – The final performance of the 200X Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony was reserved to pay tribute to the departed (and newly-inducted) George Harrison, with an all-star roster of Harrison’s friends and family (Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, his son Dhani) on hand to perform “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Prince – also inducted that year – joined them on stage and provided one of the most masterful, show-stopping displays of guitar pyrotechnics ever captured on film. Just watch Dhani’s eyes as Prince shreds; he knows his father would have loved it.
The Superbowl Halftime show (http://www.veoh.com/watch/v389304XGYhx25k?h1=(Purple+Rain)Superbowl+Halftime+Performance+-+Prince) – In the middle of the Colts – Bears Superbowl, the Purple One delivered the most eclectic, captivating performance in NFL halftime history. Who else would toss in snippets of “All Along the Watchtower,” “Proud Mary,” “We Will Rock You” and the Foo Fighters’ “Best of You” right alongside “Purple Rain” and “Let’s Go Crazy?” He should just be hired to perform at every halftime show.
Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories – Prince (http://vimeo.com/1720918) – Okay, technically it’s not Prince – but Dave Chappelle’s spot-on impression (a thousand times better than the Saturday Night Live parody) is one of the funniest things ever broadcast on television. Chappelle’s slow-motion slam-dunk in the fog is legendary.
The “When Doves Cry” video (http://vimeo.com/33906245) – Sure, it’s a little bit dated now, but damn it, the “When Doves Cry” video is still brilliant. It’s still one of the most sexually-charged videos of all time – directed, of course, by Prince himself.
“Let’s Go Crazy” from Purple Rain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eVUNnldTDA) – It’s impossible to turn this movie off once you see it on network television. Apollonia is beautiful, Morris Day and the Time are downright evil and Clarence Williams III is captivating, but it’s Prince’s astonishing musical numbers that make the picture. Just be sure to avoid any of Prince’s other films – yikes, they’re bad.