We’d go to truck stops in Bible Belt country, and people would look at us like they wanted to kill us. During that tour, we kept running into Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.
After one of the shows, Prince asked me what made Seger so popular.
Nelson who played in a jazz trio in the fifties as Prince Rogers) being abusive is powerful but bizarre, especially the juxtaposition between Prince on stage dominating versus Prince back home, not even sure if he has the strength to go in his house and face it. After an unsuccessful girls group practice, Morris and Jerome give each other two finger high fives and walk out into the street, where they agree that they need Apollonia in their girl group based strictly on her interviewing acumen.
But before things take too dark a turn, it’s the next day and the sweatsuit-clad club manager, whom I have no choice but to call Minnesota Fats Albert, meets with Morris Day for a little exposition theater. The Kid hasn’t been showing up, and just plays a lot of shit nobody wants to hear. His old man messed up his career, and ruined his wife’s too. The Kid’s band members Lisa and Wendy aren’t happy, and want to leave the band. If Morris Day puts together a hot girls group, the Kid is out. As Morris discusses classy ways to curry her favor, a girl pops out and yells at him, so Jerome, in a move that seems alarmingly all-too-common, LITERALLY PICKS HER UP AND DUMPS HER IN A TRASH CAN and then they keep on walking.
I love discovering new authors who write in my favorite time period, and I had to interview Apollonia Lord about her debut, Seduced by the Outlaw.
It’s 1896, and Tamar Freeman is a respectable citizen of Kansas City, maintaining her family legacy, running the local newspaper, and caring for her sisters.
Morris in pink underwear vacuums, and then jumps into his hot ride chauffeured by his valet Jerome. MEANWHILE, a pretty girl ditches a cab, gets a room at a flop house across the street from the First Avenue at 7th street club, runs over there, uses the old “I’m here to see the manager” trick on the bouncer, sneaks in by shoving her foot in the door when the bouncer beats up two guys, knocks over a waitress’s tray and steps right into the greatest job interview ever: Pretty girl: Listen I’m from out of town, I have to see the manager, it’s important. But his day isn’t all guitar riffs and awkwardly standing behind women: because when he gets home, his dad is screaming at his mom, and slaps Prince when he tries to break it up.
I’m a pretty good singer and dancer, maybe he could use me. This section of the movie, the apparently autobiographical stuff about his dad (a piano player named John L.
Those tracks would help his album eventually sell more than five million copies worldwide, while the accompanying videos introduced the world to Prince’s backing band, a multiracial, sexually cryptic collective known as the Revolution. We were black and white, we were girls and boys, and we were traveling together. One of the things that made the chemistry of that band unique is we shared a certain ethos and certain values. Prince would pay for these elaborate parties, and we’d show up for 12 minutes and go back to the hotel.
Then, somewhat confusingly, you’re treated to a montage of scenes of Prince and his rival Morris Day of The Time getting ready before the club at their homes.
Prince, in his famous purple jacket, blows out candles and drives to the club on his purple motorcycle. While the waitress and the girl discuss business practices and side work, Prince has launched into one of those solos in which he sexually demeans his guitar, and the new girl is intrigued. Now Morris Day’s band, The Time, come on, and he’s basically Bruno Mars, except even better because his valet Jerome brings out a big mirror so he can look at himself during songs, and then they do a shimmy. To showcase how normal he is, Prince comes to the bar, stares at Apollonia then stands directly behind her and puts on weird sunglasses.
The musician told the writer that he wanted to make an autobiographical film. He starts playing “Let’s Go Crazy” (the first song on side one of the album) and you see that he’s at a club.
And, oh yeah: the title of the film should have the word "purple" in it.