Sweet Tunes Thursday: No Apologies Track — 1999 – life+running

Sweet Tunes Thursday: No Apologies Track — 1999

Don’t worry. I won’t hurt you.

But this song might.

I bought Prince’s “1999” on a whim from a local record store because it was only $6, and why not. Plus, there was a very obvious penis sketched on the cover, and it was purple. Those are clear selling points when I’m purchasing albums.

1999 has a very obvious endowment // lifeplusrunning.com

[source for original album cover art]

After listening to this album about 5 or 6 times at home, I caved and created a Prince playlist on Spotify and have been listening to it ad nausem — no pun intended, because the lyrics are mostly raunchy, and cheesy at best. Then I went a little crazy (LET’S GO CRAZY!) and made playlists for others that were part of the Minneapolis Sound in the ’80s (The Time, Morris Day, Morris Day and the  Time … lol). But … nothing compares 2 … Prince. In case you’re wondering, no, I haven’t bought a love symbol necklace, t-shirt, or had it tattooed on me anywhere — yet.

I’m not apologizing for my love of The Purple One. It’s not quite as unabashed as my love for The Gloved One (as in Prince doesn’t have his own section on my blog — yet). But it’s there. And Prince is still alive, so I could conceivably see him perform.

Also, Prince is a huge freak about copyright law (I knew I liked this guy!), so there are no videos of him performing 1999 live that exist on YouTube — only this lame track-over-photo version I’ve given you here.

However, this photo of Prince naked on his bed painting with a set of watercolors (which is part of 1999’s album art) DOES exist online. You are very welcome. I wonder what he was going to paint … maybe it was the crystal clear waters of Lake Minnetonka.

prince paints you a watercolor masterpiece while lying naked on his bed — inside the album "1999" // lifeplusrunning.com

[source — read the blog post that goes with it, because it’s a great story]

And there you have it. My current “no apologies” track. By the way, The Current spins a “no apologies” track every weekday at 4 PM, and I obviously pilfered this idea from them.

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What is your current “no apologies” track? 

10 Comment

  1. the current is so rad! i’m not a big prince fan but i do sing along to this song 🙂

  2. Mom says: Reply

    love me some Prince.

  3. Ha! It does look like a penis. And the P could be a spermy so this was clearly done on purpose. Perhaps someday I will be this good of an artist . . .

    1. chimes says: Reply

      You can only dream! 🙂

  4. Completely understand. I wouldn’t have had the self control to not buy that album either.

    1. chimes says: Reply

      I almost bought it again yesterday because they had a pristine copy at the record store for $18. haha.

  5. I graduated High School in 1998, so boy did I hear this song a lot at dances put on by the class behind us.

    I’m not a huge Prince fan but am fiercely enthralled with Raspberry Beret.

    1. chimes says: Reply

      Yeah, I graduated in 2002, so I heard a lot of this song as well! I got really, really sick of hearing any Prince.

      And I really didn’t like him much until I bought that album. And then we watched “Purple Rain” and I’m smitten. Kind of. Enough to regret not having gone to a show when he was in Iowa in 2004.

  6. […] mentioned a few Sweet Tunes Thursdays ago that I got a record player for Christmas from Mark’s parents, and it became my favorite […]

  7. Lisa J says: Reply

    Hey can’t a guy put a mushroom on his album if he wants? 😉

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