On Episode 111 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Todd Sanzone (@PRN4EVR on Twitter) returns to chat with me about the funky, freaky, and little twisted Black Album track, “Superfunkycalifragisexy.” Prince harkens back to familiar themes such as club culture, exploring sexuality/sexual freedom, and buckets of squirrel meat. Yeah, we don’t know who Maurice is either.
“This beat is on time, refined, and designed to make you do the do.”
Between the obsessive behavior found on “Cindy C,” the rap-diss that may rub some the wrong way on “Dead On It,” or a super-darkly humorous tale of jealousy and murder on “Bob George,” Prince had plenty of reasons to consider The Black Album too evil to release. Here’s exhibit D for your consideration. “Superfunkycalifragisexy” is essentially a tale of a drug-fueled night of horny energy put to music. Detractors might consider the song glorifying party-drugs (e.g., Ecstacy) to stimulate the senses and enhance libidos. Fans of the song love to get down to the funk-groove and chicken-scratch guitar. Grab some squirrel meat and dance!
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!