Prince – Controversy (1981)

“Controversy by Prince is just one of the many great songs you’d hear on The Beat Chicago.    It’s also one of the man songs you’d hear on our Great Golden Grooves show every Sunday night from 7PM – 10PM where we play classic R&B, soul and the funk!

There’s enough stations playing rock n’ roll classics and the same 80’s songs from Bon Jovi, Journey, John Cougar, Elton John all day long and that’s all cool but, when you want something completely different?  When you want everything from Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Spinners to Stevie B, C+C Music Factory and more of the music that keeps you movin?  We’re it.

See, we’re all about the classics too…. Classic R&B and dance of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, freestyle and more.  For us, it’s not about how old a song is, it’s about how good it is and this is as good as it gets.

What can you say about Prince that hasn’t been said? One of the most amazing guitar players, an artist who was unlike any other, blazed his own path, created a sound unlike any other, toured with amazingly gifted musicians, visionary, it’s an endless list of accolades.

This track was huge in the clubs back in 1981 before the rest of the world discovered him after his 1999 double album.

I had a chance to see him a few times including his 1980 “Uptown” tour here in Chicago at the old Phoenix. As a DJ and a person who came from a family that was in the business, I tended to have a leaning towards R&B, blues, jazz and funk vs. the typical rock n’ roll shit because?  Well, rock n’ roll and pop were easy to hear, it was everywhere, this stuff?  Not so much, even in Chicago due to the ignorance and absolute racist hippie slobs programming ‘white radio’ back then – who thought ‘gee, whitey only listen to whitey music’.  Trust me, I was there back then and not only heard them say shit like that, I can still see their ignorant inbred faces while they’re saying it.  They lived in perpetual fantasy land and surrounded themselves with morons who thought the same fantasy so they wouldn’t have to answer to anyone for thinking like idiots.

We bumped this in the mixes post-disco on the mix shows back in the day and it still sounds fresh after all these years.

Check out the band members here who’d go on to become “The Revolution” for Purple Rain which hit in 1984 and set Prince off into the stratosphere.  We lost this talent in 2016, way too soon.

Check out one of our special features from our Hump Day Classics series with Prince when you CLICK HERE.

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Source: Sal Amato