On Episode 74 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Josh Norman from The Mountains & the Sea podcast (https://www.facebook.com/TMATSPodcast/) joins me to discuss USA for Africa, tabloid culture, scandalous rumors & the lack of basic human decency in Prince’s clapback B-side, “Hello.”
“We’re against hungry children, our record stands tall. There’s just as much hunger here at home.”
The Purple One chooses dinner with his girlfriend over starving children in Africa!
Superstar rocker, Prince, directs bodyguard to beat up photographer.
A Debauched night on the town for eccentric rock-star Prince, while his peer’s record “We Are the World.”
Michael Jackson vs. Prince – the little one’s big ego won’t allow him to share the stage with the pop superstar.
Prince’s Bizarre Diet – exclusive look into the reclusive superstar’s purple-only meal plan.
The Prince and the Pauper – millionaire singer, refuses to donate to global charity.
All sensational, fictional headlines I just made up but can imagine were real in 1985, the height of Prince’s fame. Who knew that simply offering to write, record, and perform a brand new song for the USA for Africa project instead of participating in the all-star project, “We Are the World,” would cause such drama and rumors? Josh and I explain what we think each of the lines to this fascinating B-side refers to and offer some perspective after 35 years.
Here is the link to the article Josh mentions towards the end of the show. https://diffuser.fm/prince-hello/
The goal of each episode of Press Rewind is to:
- Take a track by track look at the lyrical content of Prince’s discography
- Discuss my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics along with any guest I may have
- If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics
Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!