Prince Rogers Nelson or Prince or TAFKAP or the Love Symbol was a musical behemoth straddling Rock/Funk/ R&B/ Soul/Pop/Gospel/Blues and everything in between. His musical influence will never truly be measured because it is so vast. His own influences were equally widespread but the most visible was Little Richard. The most tangible impact of his music on popular culture is ‘sexiness’. He made a lot of music from the waist down. He posed nude for the cover of ‘Lovesexy’ and wrote songs of unabashed sexiness like ‘Head’, ‘Sexy Motherfucker’, ‘Cream’, etc. He was also continuously engaged in a battle against the tyranny record labels which is why so little of his music is available online.
So a fitting tribute would be one of the sexiest videos of recent times. Australian act Tame Impala are one of the most exciting musical outfits active today. Tame Impala was started by founder Kevin Parker in 2007 as a home recording project but soon grew into a full fledged band. They have enjoyed both commercial as well as critical success in the last few years. This 2015 video is directed by a Barcelona production house called ‘Canada’. They also directed the video for Phoenix ‘Trying to be cool’ in 2013.
For someone who doesn’t play any musical instrument my relationship with music has been fairly stable and long lived. Starting with the LP records that my father played on an old turntable, to the cassette tapes that most of my school pocket money was spent on, to CD’s that one thought would last forever, and now to mp3/flac files on my computer. There was a brief period (three days actually) when i ran away from high school to pursue a life in music. However, like most dreams, it ran into common sense, parents and older brothers. I am fond of various types of music and can listen to a record continuously for months (and sometimes never listen to it again). It still is amazing to discover, enjoy, and share new sounds and voices from all over the world; a pleasure made easier by the all pervasive power of the internet. Harnessing this same power to get to the two or three people who are even vaguely interested in what i share is the reason behind this waste of bandwidth.