Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lost Hits of the New Wave #3

"Controversy" by Prince.

Prince is one of my three favorite artists, along with Kate Bush and Nine Inch Nails, and this song, from the 1981 album of the same name, was probably the first one I ever heard by His Purple Badness. I heard it on WYSP, believe it or not. Long before he was pop or R&B, music programmers thought of Prince, and this first real crossover song as rock or new wave.

The video itself is like most of the early pre-Purple Rain videos in that it's a performance, and it also spotlights the Revolution, before he (they) actually became known as Prince and the Revolution. Great song, love it, and him.

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