Image via WikipediaI know what you're thinking, "What? Prince? New Wave?"
Yes, Prince was heavily influenced by the New Wave/Techno sound and took it to a whole new level by infusing it with R&B, Funk and mainstream Rock. His signature sound helped define the music scene in the 80's.
Prince launched the careers of Morris Day and the Time (Jungle Love), Apollonia and Sheila E. He also produced hits for Sheena Easton and Sinead O'Connor. And Tim Burton's "Batman" would not have been the same without Prince's kick-ass soundtrack.
Boy George once described Prince by saying, "He looks like a munchkin that fell into a vat of public hair."
I couldn't have said it better myself, although I'm not sure the Boy is in any position to criticize someone else's look. I've never been able to sit through a viewing of Purple Rain because I find The-Artist-Formerly-Known-as-Prince-Then-Known-as-Prince-Again just so hard to look at. But I love his music.
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