Song 5 Prince

Prince - I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man, 1987

You know what's weird? Whenever I'd ask friends for 80s song suggestions, nobody ever mentioned Prince, and didn't he pretty much own the decade? But say the name and immediately eyes start rolling - the cancelled concerts, the lawsuits, the temper fits about youtube, the stupid name changes. I feel the same. But when I hit 'play' and watch the man himself...good God, he's %&$ing adorable! Not to mention insanely talented, and yes, he actually does have a sense of humour. Why is this so easy to forget? There were many late 80s Prince songs I could have chosen for today, but I picked this one for several reasons. It's not as over-played as 'Kiss', I like the silly theatricality on display in this clip, that drummer is having a fantastic time, I almost used the song in Cinnamon Toast in the background of a party scene (for reasons which may become clear when you read it), but most of all, because I consider it the best 80s song ever to be covered by the Wellington International Ukelele Orchestra. Do yourself a favour and watch both versions.

Here's Prince: just click!

And here are those soulful ukeleles!

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