Over at The Current, a beloved partner of NPR Music based in the Twin Cities, they've got a new and exclusive Prince song streaming, and they're dying to know what you think.
Prince (Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
How The Current wound up with the song is a typical Prince tale: Dude just showed up. The Current had a party to celebrate its fifth anniversary, and he walked in the door. He apparently had a good time, because last week he called to offer his local station the chance to introduce "Cause and Effect" to the world.
It's the kind of simple but enigmatic gesture that makes Prince fans (myself included) so rabid. One of the main reasons I decided to attend college in New York was that I'd heard Prince sometimes played late-night secret shows there. I spent years staying out way too late in the hopes that it would just sort of happen — and finally, when I'd mostly given up, it actually did. In the summer of '06 (Musicology era), Maceo Parker played a free show in Prospect Park. It was a beautiful warm night, I kept running into people I hadn't seen in a long time, and Parker and his band were on fire. They played a long set and had just started an encore when a tiny man dressed all in white walked on stage. The crowd went bananas immediately. People were jumping up and down and grabbing whoever was next to them, screaming, "That's Prince! It's Prince! Do you see Prince?!" People lost it, myself included.
Last weekend, a friend told me about seeing Prince in Washington, D.C., in the late '80s, when he would bust out a slowed-down version of "Little Red Corvette." Incidentally, if you have a recording, or even witnessed such a thing, please describe it in detail in the comments — it's all I think about.
Anyway, the lesson here: Prince is awesome, and he supports his local public-radio station. Be like Prince!