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Thread started 04/24/19 8:46am

SoftSkarlettLo
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Prince's voice - a blend of deep manliness and alluring femininity?

Prince would sing in different voices for songs. In "Erotic City" and "What's My Name", he sang with a deep, manly voice. With other songs where he was more emotional, he sang with an alluring feminity ("Blue Light", "Girls And Boys").

Even in his talking voice for movies ("Purple Rain", "Under The Cherry Moon"), he would switch from talking in a manly, confident, slightly drawling deep voice, than other times a flighty, melodic, feminime voice.

Prince seemed to like switching voices/ sides of himself a lot.

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Reply #1 posted 04/24/19 9:10am

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Interesting. I think for the most part he was a "feminine " energy man. But he did had that dualality that most men do not possess. That being said i was most attracted to him when he was more masculine looking.. the Musicology era but music wise always attracted to him no matter what he look he was sporting.
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Reply #2 posted 04/24/19 9:56am

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Krystalkisses said:

Interesting. I think for the most part he was a "feminine " energy man. But he did had that dualality that most men do not possess. That being said i was most attracted to him when he was more masculine looking.. the Musicology era but music wise always attracted to him no matter what he look he was sporting. [Edited 4/24/19 9:10am]

He was always masculine, no matter what he wore.
The suits didn't attract me; they made him look small.

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Reply #3 posted 04/24/19 10:55am

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laytonian said:



Krystalkisses said:


Interesting. I think for the most part he was a "feminine " energy man. But he did had that dualality that most men do not possess. That being said i was most attracted to him when he was more masculine looking.. the Musicology era but music wise always attracted to him no matter what he look he was sporting. [Edited 4/24/19 9:10am]


He was always masculine, no matter what he wore.
The suits didn't attract me; they made him look small.



I really don't feel like he looked masculine always , like the Rave era or Lovesexy, not really feeling those looks...particularly Lovesexy era ...he looked particularly androgynous to me maybe because the lack of facial hair...i always preferred black guys with facial hair, and white guys without....it is just my opinion..i thought Prince looked the most handsome during Musicology and Purple Rain era. But of course I love the music from every single era..even Rainbow Children has grown on me.
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Reply #4 posted 04/24/19 11:25am

SoftSkarlettLo
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Krystalkisses said:

laytonian said:

He was always masculine, no matter what he wore.
The suits didn't attract me; they made him look small.

I really don't feel like he looked masculine always , like the Rave era or Lovesexy, not really feeling those looks...particularly Lovesexy era ...he looked particularly androgynous to me maybe because the lack of facial hair...i always preferred black guys with facial hair, and white guys without....it is just my opinion..i thought Prince looked the most handsome during Musicology and Purple Rain era. But of course I love the music from every single era..even Rainbow Children has grown on me.

I was fascinated by the scene in Purple Rain when Prince is refusing to listen to Wendy and Lisa's composition. "I toooooold you already, I'm not going to play your stupid music. Now get off it!" Quite deep and omonous sounding, but I couldn't help but chuckle.

Then you compare that with "Under The Cherry Moon" when Prince talks in a flighty, feminime way ("Oh, no, officer! I don't know him... my brother?!")

I always got a masculine vibe from him, no matter how colorfully or girly he dressed.

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Reply #5 posted 04/24/19 12:19pm

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SoftSkarlettLovisa said:

Krystalkisses said:

laytonian said: I really don't feel like he looked masculine always , like the Rave era or Lovesexy, not really feeling those looks...particularly Lovesexy era ...he looked particularly androgynous to me maybe because the lack of facial hair...i always preferred black guys with facial hair, and white guys without....it is just my opinion..i thought Prince looked the most handsome during Musicology and Purple Rain era. But of course I love the music from every single era..even Rainbow Children has grown on me.

I was fascinated by the scene in Purple Rain when Prince is refusing to listen to Wendy and Lisa's composition. "I toooooold you already, I'm not going to play your stupid music. Now get off it!" Quite deep and omonous sounding, but I couldn't help but chuckle.

Then you compare that with "Under The Cherry Moon" when Prince talks in a flighty, feminime way ("Oh, no, officer! I don't know him... my brother?!")

I always got a masculine vibe from him, no matter how colorfully or girly he dressed.

I've always believed that it wasn't Prince delivering those lines. If you notice they don't even show him saying those lines. It just doesn't sound like him at all.

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Reply #6 posted 04/24/19 2:10pm

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SoftSkarlettLovisa said:

I was fascinated by the scene in Purple Rain when Prince is refusing to listen to Wendy and Lisa's composition. "I toooooold you already, I'm not going to play your stupid music. Now get off it!" Quite deep and omonous sounding, but I couldn't help but chuckle.

Then you compare that with "Under The Cherry Moon" when Prince talks in a flighty, feminime way ("Oh, no, officer! I don't know him... my brother?!")

I always got a masculine vibe from him, no matter how colorfully or girly he dressed.

I've always believed that it wasn't Prince delivering those lines. If you notice they don't even show him saying those lines. It just doesn't sound like him at all.

it was him but it sounds like an overdub(he did use a white term 'get off it', never in my life heard a black person use that)., the other thing is, at that point he sounded white to my ears, in that movie, the "motherfucker" was how a white guy would say it. For whatever reason, he started sounding more "black" to me in later years, probably because he changed the folks around him. It coulda also been parts of the minnesota accent sneaking through at times.

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Reply #7 posted 04/24/19 2:12pm

PeteSilas

how about that deep assed voice he used when accepting awards? that was shocking.

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Reply #8 posted 04/26/19 9:06pm

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confused sound white?, a black man from MN. No he sounded like Prince.

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Reply #9 posted 04/27/19 7:24am

laytonian

PeteSilas said:

how about that deep assed voice he used when accepting awards? that was shocking.

That was his natural speaking voice. He seldom used it in concert.

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Reply #10 posted 04/27/19 9:37am

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"He's got that raunchy thing, almost like a pimp and a bitch all wrapped up in one image, that transvestite thing. But when he's singing that funky X rated shit that he does about sex and women, he's doing it in a high-pitched voice, in almost a girl's voice. If Prince says 'F#ck You" in that girl like voice, then everyone says it's cute".....Miles Davis.

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Reply #11 posted 04/27/19 3:16pm

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"He's got that raunchy thing, almost like a pimp and a bitch all wrapped up in one image, that transvestite thing. But when he's singing that funky X rated shit that he does about sex and women, he's doing it in a high-pitched voice, in almost a girl's voice. If Prince says 'F#ck You" in that girl like voice, then everyone says it's cute".....Miles Davis.


lol great quote!

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Reply #12 posted 04/27/19 4:42pm

42Kristen

You have a good ear what didfferent tones of voices that Prince had used in each lyric to sing those songs lol

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Reply #13 posted 04/30/19 5:56pm

rednblue

Adore the way his deep, low singing plays off his other tones in Damn U.

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Reply #14 posted 04/30/19 9:39pm

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rednblue said:

Adore the way his deep, low singing plays off his other tones in Damn U.



Yep. Love his deep singing voice.

But he did both very well.

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Reply #15 posted 05/01/19 6:35am

rednblue

ISaidLifeIsJustAGame said:

rednblue said:

Adore the way his deep, low singing plays off his other tones in Damn U.



Yep. Love his deep singing voice.

But he did both very well.

Completely agree. I was kinda unclear in what I wrote. Meant to "play up" the "plays off" bit, in that I love the Damn U deep voice all the more for how it contrasts/relates/makes progressions with his other vocal tones in Damn U.

But it sure does take listening to a lot of songs (surely not just the one I cited) to get any idea of P's range of vocal flavors. Amongst these flavors, I hear deep manliness/alluring femininity (love that element!) and (of course) so many other things.

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Reply #16 posted 05/01/19 7:04am

Mikado

I Love U In Me is one of his best examples of his lower register.
A certain kind of mellow.
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