Blender.com has an entertaining new list up of 100 Moments That Changed Music. It was an excellent memory-refresher and date-clarifier for me for a series I’ll be working on in the coming weeks in conjunction some friends on the topic of Memorable Moments in Music. The whole Blender list is eminently readable, this specific entry made me laugh out loud:
#14: October 8, 1980
Prince poses in black undies
Until this point, Prince had been just another upstart R&B singer. With the cover of his third album, Dirty Mind â€” a blackâ€“andâ€“white shot of him giving the camera a comeâ€“hither look, wearing bikini briefs, a jacket, a bandanna and nothing else, and standing in front of an abstract design that looks a lot like bedsprings â€” he became something else.
It looked (and the album sounded) like a newâ€“wave record, and it delivered two clear messages. One was “I don’t fit into any category anybody wants to put me in.” The other was “I am coming to f*ck you, right now.” The combination worked well for Prince for the better part of 20 years.
And my sister wonders why Prince kinda gives me the heebie jeebies.