25 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Prince
*This article was originally published May 2014
Sometimes it's too understated how lucky we are to live on the same planet as Prince or the fact that he even exists in the same solar system. The musical legend -- dubbed by many as the Purple One -- exudes a cool indelible enough to leave his mark on music and pop culture. This speaks to his musical output, its quality and Prince as a being. He's an enigma that commands respect, rather than investigation.
Prince could've quietly retired and lived out his days as a recluse but still be remembered as one of the greatest performers of all-time for decades to come. He isn't just a purveyor of cool, though; The Purple One is a workhorse. After releasing 33 solo albums in his career, Prince has two new albums: 'Plectrumelectrum' and 'Art Official Age.' He's still got that creative spark judging from his recent output.
But for those who've fallen prey to Prince's career-long trap -- he always leave you wanting more -- there are those unknown tidbits about the star. From what could've been the biggest pop duet ever to diarrhea-inducing swagger, here are 25 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Prince.
Examples cited for this strategy include 'Thunder' and the sermon that opens 'Let's Go Crazy.'
The two greats shared the stage not once but twice. The first came courtesy of a family member. “My stepdad put me on stage with him and I danced a bit until the bodyguard took me off,” Prince told MTV in 1985. Once he was an established entertainer, the Purple One graced the stage with Brown and Michael Jackson during a concert at the Beverly Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983.
"I didn't have any money, so I'd just stand outside there and smell stuff," Prince said in a 1985 Rolling Stone interview. "Poverty makes people angry, brings out their worst side. I was very bitter when I was young. I was insecure and I'd attack anybody. I couldn't keep a girlfriend for two weeks. We'd argue about anything."
He originally planned for Prince to be on that song. The Purple One gives some insight as to why it didn't happen, specifically surrounding the lyrics "your butt is mine."
The mineral oil used to create the smoke in the videos gave many people on the set diarrhea, according to producer Sharon Oreck.
Prince fans first heard Camille on his 1987 track 'If I Was Your Girlfriend.' He actually achieved the sound effect of a woman by singing in his normal tone, slowing down the tape, then speeding it up as it was played back.
“I make a statement, then move on to the next," he said to Rolling Stone.
The bike went from a Hondamatic to a customized Prince ride. The wheels were changed to spokes, the seats had hot pink velour inserts added in and an early version of Prince’s “Love Symbol” decorated each side, among other additions.
Boozer ended up having to sue the Purple God for painting his symbol on the home's exterior and installing monogrammed carpeting.
Tipper Gore was shocked when she heard her 11-year-old daughter listening to 'Darling Nikki,' a song about masturbation. After a legal fight, the RIAA decided to put the sticker into use.