“I didn’t realize it was spelled W-H-I-N-E Country”—@seeyouinhellpod
The recent Netflix movie “Wine Country” is a waste of several comediennes (and Jason Schwartzman) and beautiful scenery. It’s predictable and just not funny, bordering on downright depressing. (And yeah, I know it was inspired by a real trip...not sure if that makes it more or less sad.) At one point, discussing the premature passing of Prince, Maya Rudolph’s character sighs, “I hear the universe saying, ‘Your heroes are dying. You're getting old.’”
Jesus. What a riot!
A lot of my heroes have passed already. And while not heroes per se, the recent-ish losses of Whitney, MJ, and Prince affected me as they were so prominent in my youth. They were everything. And they all left us too soon.
As weird and enigmatic as Michael Jackson was, Prince was also a curious character. A 10,000-pound personality emerging from a 105-pound frame. Bombastic sexuality coming from a reportedly deeply religious soul. A black, Midwestern artist that combined funk, R&B, and pop into a sound very uniquely his own. He was never my favorite, but he always had my respect. No, more than that … he had my wonderment.
And “U Got the Look” is one of my old-school favorites. This duet with the queen of Scottish pop, Sheena Easton, exudes a sense of 80s excess and arrogance. A tale as old as time, a dream we all dream of: “Boy versus girl in the World Series of love.” Or maybe “lust,” since the capper of the chorus is “Let's get to rammin'.” Romantic.
The #bestpart of the track is at 1:55 when Prince admits to the object of his affection that he overestimated the time needed to make herself up before hitting the club. (“Did I say an hour? My face is red, I stand corrected.”) Maybe he’s truly caught off guard by her natural beauty; maybe it’s just another line to improve the odds of the aforementioned "rammin." With Prince, one never really knows.
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