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February 4, 2007

<+)O 's Hard-as-Rock Superbowl silhouette

Did anyone catch the phallic silhouette against the fluttering sheet during the Purple Rain guitar solo of <+)O's Superbowl halftime performance tonight?
Don't wait for your neighbor - green eggs and ham!
Get me a screenshot, people. It beats Janet's nipple, hands-down, so to speak. Luke Daywalker says Prince looked like Celie from The Color Purple with that 'do-rag.

UPDATE: Here it is - note the strange stains on the sheet. Erotic City cum alive:
Spooky Electric or Camille is to blame
There were other, more suggestive silhouette poses in that sequence. I think Camille or Spooky Electric got the better of him tonight, despite his purported association with the Jehova's Witnesses.

While it wasn't his best performance, he gets props for ordering rain from his good friend God for the Purple Rain set, and covering the Foo Fighers' ""Best of You". The song sounded familiar but I didn't figure it out until I went online later to find out what song that was.

Minneapolis is just a 2-hour drive north and across the river (Yes, the Mississippi goes that far north) from where I grew up. We drove to Minneapolis for the kickoff of his Lovesexy tour, and I went up twice for a screening of the letdown sequel to Purple Rain, a seldom-watched movie called Grafitti Bridge. We tried to sneak into Glam Slam but Minnesota's underage law was really strict. Do the math to figure out how long ago that was...

If you're on a long roadtrip and playing 'Six-Degrees of Kevin Bacon' to pass the time, using Prince as a starter is really tough unless you've watched the film Under the Cherry Moon. No cheating using IMDB! A hint is after the break.

Using Peter O'Toole is really hard to do playing Six-Degrees of Kevin Bacon too.

Hint: Under the Cherry Moon featured a little known-actress named Kristin Scott Thomas as the lead female, and Prince's lover, in the movie.

Posted by jimbo at February 4, 2007 9:09 PM

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Oh, goody, you found one!

Thought he was quite good, given the circumstances. It looked like it was raining pretty hard; I'm assuming that's why we didn't get to see many signature Prince dance moves.

After halftime, I went right back to the Puppy Bowl.

Posted by: Chris at February 4, 2007 10:12 PM

Little known? LITTLE KNOWN!?!?

She's not little known, she's just British and doesn't get photographed pantyless with Paris and Twitney. You may remember Kristin Scott Thomas from such classic film roles like Fiona from Four Weddings and a Funeral and Lady McCordle from Gosford Park (awesome, awesome robert Altman film, should have gotten an Oscar, but I think the presence of that twink Ryan Philipe kinxed it ). Okay, maybe I have watched both way to many times, but dammit I want a country house where I can host weekend shooting parties.

Posted by: boo augustus at February 4, 2007 10:36 PM

Agree with everyone, did a good job inspite/despite the rain, but what was with that doo rag ...

Forget Celle, it was Aunt Jemima-ish or Prissy-ish (GWTW). Like he didn't want his curls getting wet.

But he still looks good for 50.

Posted by: SmartAss at February 5, 2007 8:10 AM

I thought Prince was awesome! I loved the dancing ladies. But Prince didn't compare to the Kitty Half Time Show during the Puppy Bowl.

Posted by: Sarah Jean at February 5, 2007 9:28 AM

The Foo Fighters bit was great, and you got Proud Mary too, the marching band, the aqua pant suit, the head gear, it was all so over the top, the guitar licks were soooo Hendricks.

Posted by: Jocko at February 5, 2007 10:13 AM

He should have sung "When Doves Cry."

I did *not* notice the phallic sillhouette!

Posted by: Brechi at February 5, 2007 10:51 AM

Re: Celie...it would have been so cool if he had broken out into "Sista, you been on my mind."

http://www.soundtrackcollector.com/forum/displayquestion.php?topicid=4221

Posted by: stebbins at February 5, 2007 11:27 AM

I watched the SB with a bunch of rednecks. I happened to be very excited that Prince was the halftime performer; although, none of my friends were. When Prince first came out, one of the the wives said, "Is that Little Richard?" Her husband said, "No, he just died." I said, "Uh, that's James Brown, assholes! And THIS is Prince."

Of course, they all had way too much making fun of the bandana and guitar poses.....

Posted by: Ang at February 5, 2007 12:43 PM

I was watching the game with a bunch of queens. I'm pretty sure very few were paying attention. (Real quote: "Is Philadelphia winning?") But... as soon as the phallic silhouette flashed on the screen, everyone took notice.

Someone should tell Prince that Mammy is probably not a good headwear icon.

Posted by: JD at February 5, 2007 2:28 PM

I almost think they were hoping for more controversy (pun semi-intended). I mean - after the Janet fiasco they decided to tone things down a bit by hiring the guy that used to masturbate his guitar to the point of ejaculation on stage. What could possibly go wrong?

I thought he was terrific.

Posted by: Dumbek at February 5, 2007 4:48 PM

Prince channeling Jimi, going deep into funk with the marching band and doing the rockist think with the Foo Fighters cover AND being the tiniest bit naughty (and playing a guitar suggestively behind a scrim is for Prince the tiniest bit naughty, compared with the baths on stage and "Darling Nikki") -- well, I just turned up the volume, and watched with my jaw on my chest. And was very, very happy. Best 15 minute concert ever.

Posted by: scory at February 5, 2007 7:57 PM

I think the rain held him back quite a bit - but how cool would it have been had he performed "Gonna B A Beautiful Nite", "Elephants & Flowers" or anything from that Lovesexy/SoTT era!

Posted by: usuredo at February 5, 2007 9:30 PM

Scory: The Lovesexy mega-medley tour was the most sexicalifragilistic newpowersoul experience ever, hands-down. Act1: Spooky Electric, ActII: Yes!

Posted by: jimbo at February 5, 2007 10:10 PM

Prince stole the show...and the game. Hottest fucking guitar riffs I've heard in years! I just want to know how those gurls dance in those 6" heels in a torrential downpour.

Care to advise Charlene?

Posted by: rodger at February 6, 2007 1:23 AM

The twins sort of ruined it for me.

Posted by: Aaron at February 6, 2007 8:53 AM

Actually, it's hard not to appear phallic with a guitar. It sits at waist level and has a long arm. I think the shadow/sheet original intent was really just to make him look taller.

Posted by: MalaJustin at February 7, 2007 3:33 PM

Hey, I was at that opening night of the LoveSexy tour, too! September 15, 1989. One of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed! I saw the second night, and it was even better.

Just discovered your blog, and I love it!

Posted by: Sean at February 10, 2007 2:19 PM

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