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therealjohnny

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Probably already mentioned? The original recording

Not quite A cover version as Trevor Horn etc wrote and produced it
 

Lili Marlene

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I had actually assumed he had a hand in writing it
He's credited as playing a synth line or something but I think it's a pretty clear tribute as it is - those minneapolis sound synth hits, the guitar line is clearly a take on the solo in Kiss and the video is like a remix of his videos all at the same time. I think it's really well done, less retro pastiche than Uptown Funk.

Anyway, it's not like he was beyond rip off himself, what is Kiss but Papa's Got A Brand New Bag produced by I Want to Break Free?
 

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Lili, why is Prince a genius, mostly I find him ok.


Well, here is the song that Prince fairly obviously ripped off for Kiss


all he did was take away ALL THE PARTS that make it recognizable - all those brass lines, the fucking bassline of a funk song - and he altered the production into some kind of weird gated hi-hat only approximation of Queen's I Want to Break Free. Then, being that the Sharon Jones song itself is fairly transparently a rip off of James Brown's Cold Sweat he ADDED BACK IN the one thing the Sharon Jones song left out from Cold Sweat- the guitar riff - as some kind of muso in-joke for anyone into that kind of thing.

and he did it all while at the top of his game, with one of his biggest ever songs, at number 1 in the pop charts.

That, dear reader, is why Prince is a genius.
 

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I'd never have made that jump but i can hear it.

also didn't know that live version existed.

I miss pre-knowledge of fox hunting PJ.

Also PJ Harvey is a hurling name.
 

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