Music Video Friday: Chaka Khan – I Feel For You

Today’s video is Prince’s song I Feel For You as performed by Chaka Khan. It won him the 1985 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.

I think we were all shocked by the death of Prince yesterday. I’m not going to turn this into a big tribute post as I don’t really do those (I did a very short post for David Bowie but it was a struggle as I’m such a big fan). I’ll just say that I don’t have loads of knowledge when it comes to all of Prince’s work but there’s no denying that the man had a massive amount of talent that we rarely see in new artists these days. This really is a sad year for celebrity deaths as we’ve lost some absolute legends. And what are we left with? There are so few true originals anymore. Look at David Bowie. And Freddie Mercury. And Prince. True superstars. What’s the equivalent these days?! I feel kind of sad for the current generation of kids who have to grow up with those who pass as “music stars” nowadays.

As for Prince’s music, I’m of course most fond of his early & mid-80’s stuff because of the age that I am. Soon after that, I turned into more of a rock & metal fan so I left things like Prince behind. I’m not going to pretend that he was ever a favorite artist of mine musically but I really liked several of his songs from that time period. I’m not sure what my favorite would be… If I’m honest, it’s probably either Delirious or Raspberry Beret but those might seem like odd choices to most people. Well, I think they’re great. 🙂 My next favorites would be Little Red Corvette, 1999, When Doves Cry, Purple Rain & Let’s Go Crazy. Yes, it looks like those are all between 1982 & 1985 so it’s obvious what era I liked but he’s one of those artists where everyone will have their own favorite time period of his work.

Prince of course also wrote a lot of great songs which became huge hits performed by other artists. One of the biggest was Sinéad O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2 U and I really like Manic Monday by The Bangles (and get super annoyed anytime I hear it played on the radio on a day other than Monday. That should be against the law!). My favorite, though, is his song I Feel For You as performed by Chaka Khan. That’s more my type of thing! Chaka Khan is awesome & the video was great.

Here’s a bit about the song & video from Wikipedia:

“Khan’s version featured an all-star supporting cast, with rapping from Melle Mel, keyboard and guitar by The System’s David Frank, and chromatic harmonica playing by Stevie Wonder. The video featured Khan with a disc jockey and break dancers Shabba Doo, Boogaloo Shrimp, Bruno Falcon and Ana Sánchez—all of whom appeared in the movie Breakin’.”

Yes! Breakin’ rules. This era of music was the best. I miss this kind of thing…

Finally, I’ll end with a clip of Prince performing a version of his classic Purple Rain. His videos aren’t available on YouTube, which is why I haven’t shared any, but I think this clip is the perfect way to end this post.

R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

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Celebrity Passport Photos

These celebrity passport photos often crop up online but I always find them fascinating and there are some in this collection on The Telegraph website HERE that I’ve never seen.

As with his super cool mugshot, David Bowie looks WAY too good in the above passport photo. Why do I look like some kind of psycho in my passport photo? The majority of the celebrities in the photos at the above link look really suave & attractive, proving that they’re indeed far cooler than us mere mortals. Who the hell looks good in a passport photo?! Although, the black & white ones look far better than the modern color photos of people like Beyoncé & David Beckham…

But Prince looks pretty fierce:

My Top Ten: Royalty In Movies

To celebrate today’s royal birth (it’s a boy!), I thought I’d post my Top Ten Royalty In Movies. I’ll count down from ten to my number one favorite:

10. Coming To America – Prince Akeem (The royal penis is clean!)

9. Princess Mononoke – Princess Mononoke
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8. The Lion King – Simba & Mufasa (And I’d like to point out that Mufasa is voiced by James EARL Jones! Ha!)
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7. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – The Earl Of Preston & The Duke Of Ted (And if that’s not acceptable, I’ll go with the two princesses. Those are historical babes! Plus, the royal ugly dudes…)
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6. Monty Python And The Holy Grail – King Arthur
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5. Pulp Fiction – Royale With Cheese
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4. The Princess Bride – Prince Humperdinck & Princess Buttercup
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3. Rear Window – Grace Kelly (Actual royalty! Am going with my favorite of her films. Look at her – classic beauty!)
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2. Star Wars – Princess Leia (Of course!)
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1. Aliens – The Alien Queen (Look at that! Freaking awesome. The genius of H.R. Giger)
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Honorable Mentions:

Spaceballs – Princess Vespa
Stephen King Adaptations – Stephen King cameos
Carrie – Carrie White (prom queen! yeah?) :-p
Disney Princess Movies – I’ll be lazy & just say all the princesses
The Aristocats – Duchess
The Neverending Story – The Childlike Empress
King Kong – King Kong
Purple Rain – Prince
The King Of Comedy – Rupert Pupkin
Enemy Of The State – Because it stars The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air AND Regina King :-p
Star Wars (and many other soundtracks) – The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

And finally:

Flash Gordon – Emperor Ming The Merciless, Prince Vultan, Princess Aura, Prince Barin, some more I think, AND music by Queen. This movie is royal-rific! And Ted loves it…

**A Note:

These are the types of films I like. I looked at lists of proper “royal” films. You know what? I’ve seen hardly any of them! So this is my list of personal preferences. And I think it’s way more fun. 🙂