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Prince Declares that the Internet is Over

So far it has been a morning rife with rude awakenings. First I rudely awoke myself by failing to move my alarm back to my normal wake up time from the “OH GOD” time of day at which I awoke for the Peachtree, and then Prince rudely awakened me to the fact that the Internet is now “completely over“.

I can only assume that I am about to be set upon by some third rude awakening as I head down to the coffee shop. As we know, these things always happen in threes, even if sometimes one is forced to do some mathematical gymnastics to decide which three was the three. If I die out there, please make sure that only cyclists get my bikes. No triathletes!

Ah, back safe and coffee flowing into my body at last. Now I’m ready to at least attempt to come to grips with Prince’s decree, as soon as I remember who Prince is. Here’s the quote, given to the Daily Mirror:

The internet’s completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.
The internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good.
They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.

I completely agree with Prince on the numbers thing. Much better to fill your head with unintelligible symbols.

Now, please understand that all kidding aside, I am and will always be a Prince fan. His solo at the end of “My Guitar Gently Weeps” at the VH1 2004 Hall of Fame performance has to be one of the greatest live guitar solos ever performed. He’s a real-deal legend in a time when its hard to remember what most celebrities did to deserve their fame, or perhaps I should say, in a time when it’s hard to forget that most celebrities didn’t do anything.

That doesn’t necessarily mean he knows what he’s talking about, though.

Prince rose to power in a much different world than we live in today. He’s used to being a star, and used to having his star power carry a lot of weight. He’s earned it, in my view, but there’s really no one left to properly pay him the dues he’s used to getting. No one has consolidated power like they used to have, buddy. Now that every tiny voice echoes across the entire world, even the biggest voices are getting drowned out.

I’m glad to live in a world where there is a Prince, and even more glad to hear as of reading the Daily Mirror article that he’s every bit as Princely as he ever was. I just hope he made enough money back when people were making money to keep him in white silk pants for the rest of his days.

4 thoughts on “Prince Declares that the Internet is Over”

  1. Tony Bullard

    Kevin Smith has an awesome story about being hired by Prince to document his life for a while. Says it was a whole lot of crazy.

  2. jim

    Yeah I saw that. It was in An Evening With Kevin Smith, the first one. Pretty hilarious.

  3. Tony Bullard

    For those who haven’t seen it:

  4. jeffbadge

    You’re right on the money here. Prince really is a capital-s Star but there hasn’t been any doubt he’s also an a-list nutjob since 1982. Hell, that’s been the better half of his entertainment value for the past 20 years.

    My nomination for “one of the greatest live guitar solos ever performed” is David Gilmour doing “Comfortably Numb” as part of Pulse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3duAGTJ_QJI