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ChrisLacy1990

Appreciation Thread: “Automatic”

“1999” and “Little Red Corvette” are the two pop smashes on 1999, but “Automatic” is the hidden classic that laid the groundwork for several Purple Rain cuts. Mixing icy synthscapes with programmed Linn-Drums and human percussion? See “When Doves Cry.” Flirting with love and lust through a technical filter? See “Computer Blue.” A hypersexual temptress dominates Prince via S&M bondage? See “Darling Nikki.” Experienced on its own terms, “Automatic” is a steamy, nine-minute stroll through Prince’s red light district playground, replete with cries of torture and a blistering guitar solo.

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Reply #1 posted 07/07/17 6:21am

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What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the matter with your world
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Reply #2 posted 07/07/17 8:18am

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After years spent with the "1999" song cycle, "Automatic" has slowly crept up the list to become my favorite track on the album. It's the perfect combo of Prince's mindset, his lyrics, the Linn Drum, the band... I love it.

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Reply #3 posted 07/07/17 8:54am

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Overlong - but damned if that isn't a great synth riff its built around. This one takes me right back to my misspent youth every time.

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Reply #4 posted 07/07/17 3:07pm

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GiggityGoo said:

After years spent with the "1999" song cycle, "Automatic" has slowly crept up the list to become my favorite track on the album. It's the perfect combo of Prince's mindset, his lyrics, the Linn Drum, the band... I love it.


Same. At some point, I didn't care much anymore about it.
But the gods of random at work in my playlist had the good taste to surface it more than once, and I found a new love for it. It's full of tiny details, subtle and radical variations, voices doublings, a sonic feast, stuck between organic and mechanical sounds.

It's just incredibly good, from the bass lines near the end, the pan-potted speech, to the production, and most of all, the pure, sheer fun of it. The clash between the invasive technology at the turn of the 21st century and the human feelings, which is basically the concept that traverses the whole album, whether lyrically or stylistically.

That is why I don't get the "Free" haters. This battle bewteen human and machine, the apex of which being Prince trapped in the web of a psychotic Linn's hi-hat that chops his mind into tiny slices all over SITW, is followed by a gospel deliverance, the resurgence of the sould amidst the urban agressivity of modern times.

Machines and urban life are all over 1999. Nuclear bombs, cars (sports cars, car brakes, steering wheels, cabs, electric windows), infidelity, synths, electronic drums, police, soldiers, computers, New York and planes. And I keep hearing Prince was a poor lyricist. Oh well.

[Edited 7/7/17 15:11pm]

Africa, Cap'n Crunch, Norma Jean, Sex and Cheerio's
Play my record double speed, feel the climax fit 4 a king
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Reply #5 posted 07/07/17 6:32pm

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probably my favorite track on 1999 - & all those songs are great.

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I mean, the lyrics. the synths. the guitar solo. the slap bass in the last 3rd of the song.

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only Prince could have written - or pulled off - this brilliant track.

I'll see you tonight..
in ALL MY DREAMS..
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Reply #6 posted 07/07/17 7:14pm

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bonatoc said:

GiggityGoo said:

After years spent with the "1999" song cycle, "Automatic" has slowly crept up the list to become my favorite track on the album. It's the perfect combo of Prince's mindset, his lyrics, the Linn Drum, the band... I love it.


Same. At some point, I didn't care much anymore about it.
But the gods of random at work in my playlist had the good taste to surface it more than once, and I found a new love for it. It's full of tiny details, subtle and radical variations, voices doublings, a sonic feast, stuck between organic and mechanical sounds.

It's just incredibly good, from the bass lines near the end, the pan-potted speech, to the production, and most of all, the pure, sheer fun of it. The clash between the invasive technology at the turn of the 21st century and the human feelings, which is basically the concept that traverses the whole album, whether lyrically or stylistically.

That is why I don't get the "Free" haters. This battle bewteen human and machine, the apex of which being Prince trapped in the web of a psychotic Linn's hi-hat that chops his mind into tiny slices all over SITW, is followed by a gospel deliverance, the resurgence of the sould amidst the urban agressivity of modern times.

Machines and urban life are all over 1999. Nuclear bombs, cars (sports cars, car brakes, steering wheels, cabs, electric windows), infidelity, synths, electronic drums, police, soldiers, computers, New York and planes. And I keep hearing Prince was a poor lyricist. Oh well.

[Edited 7/7/17 15:11pm]

Excellent review! thumbs up!

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Reply #7 posted 07/07/17 10:49pm

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See, since there is NOW an OFFICIAL Prince Youtube Channel...we should be able to show our appreciation of and love for Prince's song "AUTOMATIC" by posting the video...right here...right now! hammer

Sadly, it is NOT anywhere on Youtube nor the rest of the Internet but I am quite happily watching ithe full versioin of it as I type this because I have it. I've had it for YEARS, could and have watched it any damn time I've felt like. What I've couldn't do, is SHARE it...so that y'all could watch and enjoy it WITH me. Ooops! shrug

[Edited 7/7/17 23:13pm]

"Style is loving yourself 'til everyone else does too."
You certainly proved that Prince, beyond any doubt.
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Reply #8 posted 07/08/17 1:29am

SoulAlive

this is my favorite Prince song music

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Reply #9 posted 07/08/17 3:04am

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HatrinaHaterwitz said:

See, since there is NOW an OFFICIAL Prince Youtube Channel...we should be able to show our appreciation of and love for Prince's song "AUTOMATIC" by posting the video...right here...right now! hammer

Sadly, it is NOT anywhere on Youtube nor the rest of the Internet but I am quite happily watching ithe full versioin of it as I type this because I have it. I've had it for YEARS, could and have watched it any damn time I've felt like. What I've couldn't do, is SHARE it...so that y'all could watch and enjoy it WITH me. Ooops! shrug

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Are we all sure this is official Prince channel , it seems i posted a comment on one of the videos 1 year ago. confuse As for the song i loved it from the first time i heard it music

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Love4OneAnother heart


Violence is never the answer Annteefa. But after seeing your antics in Hamburg am calling you out as a terrorist group.
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Reply #10 posted 07/08/17 3:07am

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Guitarhero said:



HatrinaHaterwitz said:


See, since there is NOW an OFFICIAL Prince Youtube Channel...we should be able to show our appreciation of and love for Prince's song "AUTOMATIC" by posting the video...right here...right now! hammer

Sadly, it is NOT anywhere on Youtube nor the rest of the Internet but I am quite happily watching ithe full versioin of it as I type this because I have it. I've had it for YEARS, could and have watched it any damn time I've felt like. What I've couldn't do, is SHARE it...so that y'all could watch and enjoy it WITH me. Ooops! shrug


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Are we all sure this is official Prince channel , it seems i posted a comment on one of the videos 1 year ago. confuse As for the song i loved it from the first time i heard it music

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You could be mistaken as all of the videos on that channel were uploaded yesterday.
Must be something in the water we drink.
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Reply #11 posted 07/08/17 3:12am

Guitarhero

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mdmeridius said:

Guitarhero said:

Are we all sure this is official Prince channel , it seems i posted a comment on one of the videos 1 year ago. confuse As for the song i loved it from the first time i heard it music

[Edited 7/8/17 3:05am]

You could be mistaken as all of the videos on that channel were uploaded yesterday.

Double checked your right. I posted a comment on the discussion section 1 year ago. Yes the videos are recently uploaded. boxed

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Reply #12 posted 07/08/17 9:00pm

Laydown

great song

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Reply #13 posted 07/08/17 9:19pm

TXfan

Always loved that song. Very sexual, made me want to hear more Prince when I was a kid.
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Reply #14 posted 07/09/17 12:59pm

TheFman

No. 1 Prince song.

Went sleep every night with this song for years (!) until about 2002.

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Reply #15 posted 07/09/17 1:33pm

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No. 1 Prince song.

Went sleep every night with this song for years (!) until about 2002.

Damn, Automatic was your lullabye? what were your dreams like? lol

What would we do without all these jerks anyway? Besides, all our friends are here.
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Reply #16 posted 07/09/17 7:20pm

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bonatoc said:


Same. At some point, I didn't care much anymore about it.
But the gods of random at work in my playlist had the good taste to surface it more than once, and I found a new love for it. It's full of tiny details, subtle and radical variations, voices doublings, a sonic feast, stuck between organic and mechanical sounds.

It's just incredibly good, from the bass lines near the end, the pan-potted speech, to the production, and most of all, the pure, sheer fun of it. The clash between the invasive technology at the turn of the 21st century and the human feelings, which is basically the concept that traverses the whole album, whether lyrically or stylistically.

That is why I don't get the "Free" haters. This battle bewteen human and machine, the apex of which being Prince trapped in the web of a psychotic Linn's hi-hat that chops his mind into tiny slices all over SITW, is followed by a gospel deliverance, the resurgence of the sould amidst the urban agressivity of modern times.

Machines and urban life are all over 1999. Nuclear bombs, cars (sports cars, car brakes, steering wheels, cabs, electric windows), infidelity, synths, electronic drums, police, soldiers, computers, New York and planes. And I keep hearing Prince was a poor lyricist. Oh well.

[Edited 7/7/17 15:11pm]

Excellent review! thumbs up!

As usual. I haven't got into this song yet, it's overlong.

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Reply #17 posted 07/10/17 2:45am

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purplethunder3121 said:

Excellent review! thumbs up!

As usual. I haven't got into this song yet, it's overlong.

Than listen to the edited version instead. Everybody happy.
AUTOmatic isn't overlong in any way, it's perfect, it's natural, it flows. You could even call PR overlong if you want, but not this one.

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Reply #18 posted 07/10/17 9:34am

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I have loved this song for 30+ years. Nobody around me seemed to share my intensity for the song. The video, the bravado, the confidence, the in and out of instruments, the long buildup... I listen to every minute of it every time, and yes, I have heard plenty of people complain (air quotes), "this is a loooong song". lol And I was on cloud nine when the Revolution included it on their tour! Still sounds great live!

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Reply #19 posted 07/10/17 10:08am

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One of my favorites on 1999 since the first time I heard it.

And it is not "overlong." Good grief. I bet you all eat microwave popcorn, too. disbelief

I mean if he did have sex he would break every rule Jehova's have regarding premarital sex so Prince is really just friends with them all anyway.
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Reply #20 posted 07/10/17 2:13pm

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Genesia said:


And it is not "overlong." Good grief. I bet you all eat microwave popcorn, too. disbelief

lol

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Reply #21 posted 07/10/17 6:59pm

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Genesia said:

One of my favorites on 1999 since the first time I heard it.

And it is not "overlong." Good grief. I bet you all eat microwave popcorn, too. disbelief



Agree! This digital generation has no clue.
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Reply #22 posted 07/10/17 9:41pm

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Genesia said:

One of my favorites on 1999 since the first time I heard it.

And it is not "overlong." Good grief. I bet you all eat microwave popcorn, too. disbelief

falloff

"Style is loving yourself 'til everyone else does too."
You certainly proved that Prince, beyond any doubt.
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Reply #23 posted 07/10/17 10:09pm

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I just happend to have some free time on my hands and...

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as soon as I saw these images...it was A U T O MATIC! I may have only been 12 years old at the time but I fastened my seat belt and was prepared for take off...from that moment on! And I will happily testify in ANY court that it was a hellava ride...ever since! hammer

[Edited 7/10/17 22:11pm]

"Style is loving yourself 'til everyone else does too."
You certainly proved that Prince, beyond any doubt.
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Reply #24 posted 07/10/17 10:23pm

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Automatic = cloud9

Keep Calm & Listen To Prince
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Reply #25 posted 07/11/17 12:20am

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HatrinaHaterwitz said:

I just happend to have some free time on my hands and...

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NDU0OTg4NDQzNA==_o_prince---automatic-original-promo-video-lp-mix.jpg

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as soon as I saw these images...it was A U T O MATIC! I may have only been 12 years old at the time but I fastened my seat belt and was prepared for take off...from that moment on! And I will happily testify in ANY court that it was a hellava ride...ever since! hammer

[Edited 7/10/17 22:11pm]


3 different sources, huh?
U know... U're just an addict! biggrin

I was 12 too. Prince made precocious children out of us. In every way.


Africa, Cap'n Crunch, Norma Jean, Sex and Cheerio's
Play my record double speed, feel the climax fit 4 a king
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Reply #26 posted 07/11/17 5:12am

mnfriend

bonatoc said:



GiggityGoo said:


After years spent with the "1999" song cycle, "Automatic" has slowly crept up the list to become my favorite track on the album. It's the perfect combo of Prince's mindset, his lyrics, the Linn Drum, the band... I love it.




Same. At some point, I didn't care much anymore about it.
But the gods of random at work in my playlist had the good taste to surface it more than once, and I found a new love for it. It's full of tiny details, subtle and radical variations, voices doublings, a sonic feast, stuck between organic and mechanical sounds.

It's just incredibly good, from the bass lines near the end, the pan-potted speech, to the production, and most of all, the pure, sheer fun of it. The clash between the invasive technology at the turn of the 21st century and the human feelings, which is basically the concept that traverses the whole album, whether lyrically or stylistically.

That is why I don't get the "Free" haters. This battle bewteen human and machine, the apex of which being Prince trapped in the web of a psychotic Linn's hi-hat that chops his mind into tiny slices all over SITW, is followed by a gospel deliverance, the resurgence of the sould amidst the urban agressivity of modern times.

Machines and urban life are all over 1999. Nuclear bombs, cars (sports cars, car brakes, steering wheels, cabs, electric windows), infidelity, synths, electronic drums, police, soldiers, computers, New York and planes. And I keep hearing Prince was a poor lyricist. Oh well.

[Edited 7/7/17 15:11pm]



Thank you, superb--
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Reply #27 posted 07/11/17 5:55am

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bonatoc said:

HatrinaHaterwitz said:

I just happend to have some free time on my hands and...

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NDU0OTg4NDQzNA==_o_prince---automatic-original-promo-video-lp-mix.jpg

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as soon as I saw these images...it was A U T O MATIC! I may have only been 12 years old at the time but I fastened my seat belt and was prepared for take off...from that moment on! And I will happily testify in ANY court that it was a hellava ride...ever since! hammer

[Edited 7/10/17 22:11pm]


3 different sources, huh?
U know... U're just an addict! biggrin

I was 12 too. Prince made precocious children out of us. In every way.



LOL...yes! Yes, I am and yes, he did! nod

"Style is loving yourself 'til everyone else does too."
You certainly proved that Prince, beyond any doubt.
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Reply #28 posted 07/11/17 9:45am

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TXfan said:

Always loved that song. Very sexual, made me want to hear more Prince when I was a kid.

YES! Very sexual, and the synth made me feel like there's some weird shit going down.

"I like to watch."
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Reply #29 posted 07/11/17 9:46am

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HatrinaHaterwitz said:

I just happend to have some free time on my hands and...

bb1af0bc76170ffffa3d27ed10ff86f4.jpg

NDU0OTg4NDQzNA==_o_prince---automatic-original-promo-video-lp-mix.jpg

hqdefault.jpg

as soon as I saw these images...it was A U T O MATIC! I may have only been 12 years old at the time but I fastened my seat belt and was prepared for take off...from that moment on! And I will happily testify in ANY court that it was a hellava ride...ever since! hammer

[Edited 7/10/17 22:11pm]

Thanx 4 the screen shotz

"I like to watch."
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