Prince’s Super Wank?

I was kind of excited to see Prince perform at the Super Bowl half-time show Sunday. After the lackluster productions of years past (including the Stones’ toss-off performance last year), I was looking forward to seeing the Artist Formerly Known As Media Shy.

But the results were really Vegas-y, as Prince rapidly ran through a medley of hits and curious covers. His own material was limited mostly to Purple Rain-era hits, while the diminutive one slipped in snippets of “Proud Mary,” “All Along the Watchtower,” “We Will Rock You” and, uh, The Foo Fighters’ “Best of You” (a version of which Howard Stern had been playing the week prior on his Sirius radio show), giving his performance the feel of one of those ’70s TV variety show.

The sound, as usual for Super Bowl half-times, was horrendous — you could hear Prince’s guitar and singing, but the band was barely audible. It didn’t help that Prince’s guitar was out of tune several times. He’s one of the more underrated guitarists in music. Heck, even out of tune, he sounded pretty hot. But the best thing about the show was that Prince was able to sashay across a stage drenched in rain wearing his tiny-heeled boots. Oh, and his Rosie the Riveter doo-rag was pretty cool, too.

Anyway, like the Janet Jackson “fiasco” a few years back, I watched and didn’t think much about it. I’m not sure if it qualifies as an outrage — yet — but some media sources are picking up on a theory that Prince’s solo during “Purple Rain,” performed in silhouette behind a giant, flowing white curtain, was subliminally phallic.

Is Prince having a wank? Us Weekly has floated it out there on their blog here, and even MSNBC brought up the non-controversy yesterday. I remember seeing Prince on the Purple Rain tour at Riverfront Coliseum, and he did a much more graphic masturbation bit, jerking his Telecaster as a spout on the back doused the audience with water. So at least producers can be happy he didn’t do that!

Will the FCC step in? You decide: Was that an unusually-shaped guitar in his hand or was he just happy to see us?

There was apparently a football game as well. The team from Indianapolis won. Thank God. Now maybe that poor Peyton Manning fella can get a couple of endorsements and TV commercials!

— Mike Breen

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2 Comments on “Prince’s Super Wank?”

  1. greg Says:

    Prince converted to Jehovah’s Witnesses in the early 90’s. He won’t perform “Sexy Motherf*cker” any more for that reason. So, probably not.

  2. Kenny Says:

    I THOUGHT I recognized that tiny little man in purple spandex knocking on my door this moring and blathering on about Jesus or somethin.

    I wish he would have wore the leather thong from his early years.

    And here-here on Peyton Manning. That dude really needs some more face time on TV.


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