Prince - 1999
So in my Last Review
, I talked about the importance of both Nile Rogers and the band Chic. While they brought a classy funk/disco mix to pop music around the mid to late 70s, the early 80s saw a major shift in Pop Culture. The Disco Sucks movement in 1979 effectively killed not only disco music, but genres that were seen as "black music". I'm not here to give my take on the situation, as I can see both the positives and negatives from both sides, I do understand that a lot of good music was overlooked during this era. However, during this era, one man really did stand apart from the rest, and in a weird sort of way, championed the funk/R&B genre through the 80s. And that man, was Prince.
Prince was born in 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to a pair of musicians (father was a piano playing songwriter, mother was a Jazz singer). At an early age, Prince had a keen interest in music, which was nurtured by his father. Prince would go on to make a band in High School known as Grand Central Station with his cousin, however would eventually replace his cousin with Drummer Morris Day (who would eventually be a part of Prince's future project Morris Day and The Time).
1999 is actually the 5th studio album by Prince, however many people would consider this album not only his first real breakout record into Pop music (peaking at number 9 on Billboard) which would by solidified by his follow-up album Purple Rain
, but this album also helped defined the style and sound of Funk music and R&B for the remainder of the decade. One of the biggest changes Prince made was the usage of synthesizers and drum machine (to be more specific, the Linn LM-1 drum machine was used) rather than a drummer or other musicians. Prince has stated that while he would use drum machines or synthesizers in his production he would always prefer real musicians. The use of synthesizers or drum machines are really more for the sound than the convenience.
Now when it comes to the musi...