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I was working when I wrote this, so sue me if it's uninformative
on 11 February 2016
'Mommy, why does everybody have a bomb?'
Not the plaintive cry of Jeremy Corbyn, but the closing lines of the title track of this crazily good album of 1982.
The range of styles attempted and mastered by Prince on this disc is impressive, but the quality of his music is mindblowing.
Featuring 11 of the best tracks he has ever written, 1999 starts with the all out party of the apocalyptic title track, moves on to the sordid pop thrills of Little Red Corvette, progresses through techno (DMSR), funk (Automatic), rock (Delirious), soul (all of them), before ending with the out and out mentalism of International Lover.
No other artist could make a pretty ridiculous metaphor (Good evening/ This is your pilot Prince speaking/ You are flying aboard the Seduction 747/ And this plane is fully equipped with anything your body desires) last a full 6 minutes 37 seconds without making the listener either burst out laughing or jump up, turn the CD player off, and hurl the album out of the window.
It is to Prince's credit that one actually wishes that the song were longer.
He is a God among men.