Saturday, November 10, 2007

Prince takes war with fans to fans

The nasty business of picking on your own fans has just been raised to a whole new level. Prince, like Oasis and countless others before him, has been leaning on fans who've built websites. Now, though, he's launched a website to host an mp3 which goes a step futher, slagging off those fans - often by name, as Rolling Stone reports:

Prince registered the Web domain name “Princefamsunited.com” and posted a seven-minute funk jam called “PFUnk,” alerting fans to its presence on fan site message boards. The song makes no secret of its target: “The only reason you say my name is to get your fifteen seconds of fame, nobody’s even sure what you do,” Prince sings. “I don’t care what people may say, I ain’t gonna let it ruin my day.” Toward the end, Prince tells his fans, in his famed helium-like “Camille” voice, “I love all y’all, don’t you ever mess with me no more,” before taking out all his anger on his guitar. Prince goes as far as calling one person, likely a member of the PFU, “a big fat punk,” and threatens someone called “Weemolicious” by singing “Look here Weemolicious, you and your boyfriend, lemme tell you somethin’ right now, you run up on me again with words or otherwise, I’mma knock both you punks out.” He also sings that he wants digital music to “disappear.”

It must be quite difficult for Weemolicious, clearly something of an enthusiastic completist, having to decide if he wants to include a track which threatening to take them out.

We're still unable to decide if Prince believes Weemilicious to be a woman, or if he's just using 'being gay' as an insult. It's a calibration of how much of a knob he's being, in other words.

The real sting, though, for Prince is that the reaction of the few fans he hasn't yet alienated by deciding they're his enemies, is that they're pretty much agreeing that it's a shame he can't make music as good as this when he's recording for them, instead of against them.


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here ya'll go...making it out to be something it isn't. If these so called 'fan sites' would stop putting more wood on the fire, and the media ( like yourselves) would keep quiet and let this issue get solved in private, this junk would not be the side show that you all are making it out to be!

gibbo said...

If you're assuming Prince know who weemalicious is, then isn't it possible for them to not be a woman AND for the comment to not be an insult?

gibbo said...

And by the way, the doctor was a woman.

;-)

Anonymous said...

I wish I were weemolicious. Seems to me the threat that Prince made would be worth a few quid if taken to court.....

Paul said...

I like the idea that Prince can knock anyone out other than a very small child...

simon h b said...

Anon #1:

It's the fan sites and the media who are putting wood on the fire. Yes.

Except you could argue that writing a song, buying an internet domain, recording the track, and then putting it on the internet - that might also be, ooh, a little bit of kindling, don't you think?

And isn't the "let it get sorted out in private" effectively suggesting the rich Prince gets his way, and nobody knows anything about it?

Gibbo - it's possible that he didn't mean it as a homophobic insult (it could just be coming from a country where "is he your boyfriend" is a playground taunt when directed at a boy makes me oversensitive) but... it's still pretty insulting calling them punks and threatening to 'knock them out'...

James said...

On the plus side, following this namecheck, weemalicious is now almost over-qualified for a place on the next Dancing With the Stars.

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