12 O'Clock Track: Celebrate Prince on Twitter with "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" | Bleader

12 O'Clock Track: Celebrate Prince on Twitter with "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man"

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The cover of Sign O the Times
  • The cover of Sign 'O' the Times
Pitchfork reported yesterday that none other than Prince has started using Twitter; but I'm dubious. While following Prince on Twitter is something I would do reflexively, this is not a proper "Prince" account but rather the official account of 3rd Eye Girl—the Purple One's latest musical project—a quartet that consists of the man himself and three women on guitar, bass, and drums. The tease to the first track, "Groovy Potential," is promising, but Prince has burned me so much over the past 20 or so years (does anyone remember the hideous LOtUSFLOW3R?) that I'm hesitant to buy into this one. Nevertheless, in light of the news, I figured I'd post one of my favorite Prince songs: from the 1987 double album Sign 'O' the Times, "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," which sounds more like fellow Minneapolis musicians the Replacements than anything on Purple Rain. The full six-and-a-half-minute version, with a simmering, spacey instrumental jam in the middle, doesn't exist on Spotify—and for shame, so here it is.

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