Episode 6: Prince - The Ballad of Dorothy Parker

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In 1987, Prince was a world-wide superstar. After disbanding his backing group, The Revolution, he set out to create a triple-album masterpiece. The result of which was the 16-song, pared down double-album classic, Sign o' the Times. The fourth song on the album, The Ballad of Dorothy Parker, is the simple and complex story of a man flirting with a waitress in a coffee shop. Coming up in the next hour, we'll break down the music and debate the meaning of the lyrics of this very creative song, discuss the classic album track by track, and delve into some of its obvious influences and the music that it would later influence. Todd is listening to this music for the very first time. Can Mitch guess the three songs that Todd, a Hard Rock and Heavy Metal junkie, really liked?  

Show Notes

  1. Prince website
  2. Sign o' the Times on iTunes
  3. Live version of The Ballad of Dorothy Parker from One Nite Alone...The Aftershow: It Ain't Over!
  4. Prince Vault (a great website with tons of info on Prince)
  5. Prince Vault article on The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
  6. Prince on the art of songwriting
  7. Prince guitar solo on While My Guitar Gently Weeps at George Harrison's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction (Prince solo starts at 3:28)
  8. Tom Petty on Prince guitar playing at Harrison Hall of Fame induction
  9. Prince playing a solo at an afterparty in 80s (Just My Imagination cover, solo starts at 2:30)
  10. Eric Clapton on Prince's musical genius and him saving Rock and Roll
  11. Dave Grohl talking about jamming with Prince and being the greatest musician who ever lived 
  12. Prince playing Creep by Radiohead at Coachella
  13. Prince part on Rolling Stone list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time
  14. Prince engineer Susan Rogers on recording The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
  15. Prince on Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2001 playing The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
  16. Wikipedia article on Sign o' the Times with link to section on Critical Reception
  17. Pearl Jam on death of Prince
  18. Rather odd, but cool, rendition on ukulele by Will & Ali
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