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Prince: Scandalous

Remarks:

This is my favourite Prince song. Despite that for a long time I could not find it on YouTube because I forgot the name of it! Instead I found it through the YouTube channel of Mackaveli420, whose musical tastes are close to mine, at least when it comes to the 1980s.

Lyrics:

Come. Closer.
Feel what U’ve been dyin’ 4
Don’t be afraid, baby
Touch it and explode
Understand, understand that I love U
But more than that – I want U
Everybody always told me
“Good things come 2 those who wait”
But I’ve got so much on the menu
I just can’t wait, I just can’t, I can’t wait baby
I can’t wait baby
I can wrap my legs around U girl
Cuz sugar, U know U’re just the kind of lover
That I’ve been looking 4
2 night why don’t we skip all the 4 play, mamma
And just get down here on the floor

Scandalous
I’m talkin’ about U and me
Marvelous – baby, baby, can’t U see
Anything U’ve ever dreamed of
I’m willing 2 be
2 night it’s gonna be scandalous
Cuz 2 night I’m gonna be your fantasy

My dearest, my dearest

(Whisper) Whisper a question
With my body (body) I’ll scream a reply
Anything’s acceptable
Just ask me and I’ll try it
2 hell with hesitation
2 hell with the reasons why

Scandalous
I’m talkin’ about U and me
Marvelous – baby, baby, can’t U see
Anything U’ve ever dreamed of
I’m willing 2 be
2 night it’s gonna be scandalous
Cuz 2 night I’m gonna be your fantasy

Baby, baby, baby

Oh girl, the things U make me do!
Genius is the only way 2 describe U
Anything U’ve ever dreamed of baby
Just ask me – I’ll do, I’ll do,
I’ll do it 4 U baby

Anything at all
Spirits rise and spirits fall
Anything U ever dreamed off, I’m willing 2 be
2 night is gonna be scandalous
Cuz 2 night I’m, 2 night I’m gonna be your fantasy!

Scandalous
I’m talkin’ about U and me
Marvelous – baby, baby, can’t U see
Anything U’ve ever dreamed of
I’m willing 2 be
2 night it’s gonna be scandalous
Cuz 2 night I’m gonna be your fantasy

Scandalous, marvelous

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Here are the top songs on the R&B charts now, 10 years ago today , 20 years ago, etc. Through the wonder that still is YouTube, you can hear them all (Can you believe it has already been ten years since “No Scrubs”?):

2009: Jamie Foxx and T-Pain: Blame It

1999: TLC: No Scrubs

1989:  Jody Watley: Real Love

1979: Peaches & Herb: Reunited

1969: The Isley Brothers: It’s Your Thing

1959: Brook Benton: It’s Just a Matter of Time

1949: Big Jay McNeeley’s Blue Jays: The Deacon’s Hop

Curiously, the hardest year was not 1949 but 1989! The top song on May 3rd 1989 was Karyn White’s “Love Saw It”. I could not even find a bad audio of a live performance for that one, so I went for Jody Watley’s “Real Love” which did not become number one till May 6th. But even with that one there was no embeddable music video for the radio version of the song.

Update: 2019: Lil Nas X: Old Town Road

2029:

2039:

2049:

2059:

2069:

2079:

2089:

2099:

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beverly07Beverly Peele (1975- ), an American supermodel, was one of the top fashion and print models of the early 1990s.

She started modelling on the runways of Paris at age 12. In 1989, by age 14, she had made her first million and became the first black woman to appear on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine. In 1993, at age 18, People magazine named her one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. She appeared on hundreds of magazine covers. All the top fashion designers wanted her.

But then suddenly it all came to end.

Where Naomi and Tyra had wanted to be models since they were little girls, she did not. She said she wanted to be a plumber. So she was not willing to play the game. And when she got pregnant at 18 she had the baby against all advice: they said it would mess up her looks, that she would never work again. Even her mother would not to speak to her (at first). She did not care. The baby was more important.

After she had the baby she came back to modelling, but she failed to make a comeback. In 1997 she went into acting, but with small success.

She is one of the most beautiful black supermodels of all time, but because she rose and fell before the rise of the Web, there are not many pictures of her on the Internet, and what you see are not even her best.

She grew up in suburban Los Angeles but went to the school where her mother worked in South Central.

At 11 her mother made her take an etiquette course to learn “how not to be klutzy”. She learned to walk with grace. That and her long legs helped her to win modelling contests and before she knew it she was on the runways in Paris.

At her height she spent money so freely people called her C-Note. She had a three-floor apartment in New York. Because money came so easily to her so young, she had no idea of money management. She also started doing drugs. She was far from home and growing up too fast. After she had the baby, it was all over.

Ten years later, in 2005, she found a lost credit card in a supermarket and used it to buy a washer, dryer, refrigerator and other stuff for her house. It went to court and in 2006 the judge sentenced her to three years’ probation, 300 hours of community service and, of course, she had to pay back everything – and something else to American Express for their troubles.

In 2006 she went on the “Tyra Banks Show” to warn women of the dark side of modelling.

Peele first ran into Tyra Banks years before in Venice. Tyra at the time was 17 and broke in a foreign country. Peele helped her out.

Peele is six feet tall (1.83 metres). In 1989 her measurements were 33.5-22-33 (85-56-84 cm). That gives her a waist-to-hip (WHR) ratio of 0.67, which is on the low side for a fashion model.

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Happiness is where I, I think of you
And we will get together and rendezvous
I’ll be on time, you bring the wine
And we will lock the door, oh, you’ll be all mine

Alone in my room, thoughts of you in my head
As I wait, the time is soon, you’ll arrive
Together then we’ll escape into the night on wings of love
And do the things that we once dreamed of
All aboard in a surrey, a first class ticket to ecstasy

It won’t stop, it don’t stop
A nonstop secret rendezvous
It won’t stop, it don’t stop
A nonstop secret rendezvous

From a penthouse view we’ll make love, drink champagne by candle light
I’m so glad I’m in your arms, baby, I am yours tonight
To be with you is all I need, so lock the door and throw away the key
No one will disturb this groove, we could not stop it if we wanted to

It won’t stop, it don’t stop
A nonstop secret rendezvous
It won’t stop, it don’t stop
A nonstop secret rendezvous
Secret rendezvous

Happiness is where I, I think of you
And we will get together and rendezvous
I’ll be on time, you bring the wine
And we will lock the door, oh, you’ll be all mine

I want you, you want me
I wanna lock the door, throw away the key in ecstasy

It won’t stop, it don’t stop
A nonstop secret rendezvous
It won’t stop, it don’t stop
A nonstop secret rendezvous

It won’t stop, it don’t stop
A nonstop secret rendezvous
A secret rendezvous

I wanna ride you through by candle light
I wanna hurl you and squeeze you through the night
So lock the door, throw away the key in ecstasy

I can’t let no one disturb this groove
I couldn’t stop it if I wanted to
It’s you for me and me for you in a secret rendezvous

It won’t stop, it don’t stop
A nonstop secret rendezvous
It won’t stop, it don’t stop
A nonstop secret rendezvous

I wanna ride you through by candle light
I wanna hurl you and squeeze you through the night
So lock the door, throw away the key in ecstasy

I can’t let no one disturb this groove
I couldn’t stop it if I wanted to
It’s you for me and me for you in a secret rendezvous

It won’t stop, it don’t stop
A nonstop secret rendezvous
It won’t stop, it don’t stop

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Rushdie

rushdie.jpgSir Salman Rushdie (1947- ) is a British writer famous for writing “Midnight’s Children” (1981), for which he won a Booker Prize, and “The Satanic Verses” (1988), for which he won a fatwa in 1989 and became world famous overnight. He was in hiding during the nine years of the fatwa. He said it was like living in a bad Rushdie story.

A fatwa is a ruling in Islamic law. Ayatollah Khomeini ruled that “The Satanic Verses” was blasphemous and that Rushdie should die for his crime.

That is because at one point in the “The Satanic Verses” Rushdie tells an old story about the Koran, that it once had Satanic verses. In these verses Muhammad allowed some to go on worshipping three goddesses as the daughters of God.

Some say Satan put the verses there, others that Muhammad himself did it in a moment of weakness, but most pious Muslims believe that the verses never existed, that the Koran has been pure from the very beginning.

But in “The Satanic Verses” it is the Pure that is the great evil! That is why Rushdie, a fallen-away Muslim, attacks the Koran and its purity. If he were a fallen-away Catholic it would have been the Virgin Mary instead.

Unlike Rushdie, many in the Muslim world fear the songs and dress and ways of the West, the Impure, and seek salvation in the Pure, in Islam. Rushdie, having experienced both sides, says that is a mistake.

Rushdie was brought up Muslim in Bombay, India. But when his parents sent him to England to get an education, he became one of those godless Western intellectuals.

After reading history at Cambridge Rushdie went to London. There he wrote ad copy by day and wrote his books by night.

His first book, “Grimus” (1975), was nothing great, but it gave him enough money to go back to India. He saw as much of the country as he could. Out of this grew “Midnight’s Children”, a history of India in the late 1900s as told through the wild and mixed-up lives of his Indian characters. It made his name as a writer. Most consider it his best book so far.

Like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Rushdie writes in the style of magic realism. He tells stories in a way that makes them seem real and yet impossible things keep happening – like two men falling out of the sky towards London and talking as if it were all perfectly natural.

His prose is wild and over the top and full of laughs, with Hindi words thrown in. When he heard stories as a boy he did not know all the words, yet that somehow made the stories better.

Rushdie loves the 1700s, especially Fielding, Swift and Sterne. Among writers of the 1900s he likes Joyce, Marquez and Gunther Grass. From Joyce he learned that you can do anything if you do it right.

That tall and beautiful woman you see him with sometimes is not his daughter but his fourth wife! Being a famous writer has its advantages.

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