Prince could only ever exist in space not already occupied by Michael, in some ways an anti-michael. Michael so stifled and uptight - insinuating through the medium of zombies, bad when we all knew he was good (except he turned out to be bad), Prince gleefully sleazy and transmitting direct style and wierdness
I was a small-ish kid whan thriller and billie jean came out = i learnt them and about them from other kids. they were released with these amazing videos and there had been nothing like them before - kids acted out the moves because there was no way to actually watch the video on tv or anywhere. i don't think i even knew mj was black, but his whole teen horror image was clearly inappropriate for little lads like me and woebot and so was irresistable.
mj was part of the top echelon of pop stardom with queen, the sex pistols, abba. massive like a geographical feature
but tbh and i'm sad to say it there was nothing that wasnt disappointing after that first explosion, though there's no denying that when he died it was a global fiesta like only lady di
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mj was inside the machine, he worked hard because he knew no other way, prince strove and achieved glory thru sheer napoleonic determination
Occupying a spot on the next level of the kid pop astral firmament, and arriving in next Smash Hits magazine historical era, right alongside Madonna in the pantheon, was Prince - everything Michael couldnt express, resplendent. Michael was distant, Prince was a more immediate, raw, and spontaneous, controversial even!
He also showed up with a 1-2 of proper BBC Top of the Pops hits, but crucially his albums were brilliant and fit onto cassettes - i had one which would have contained 2 Prince albums, whereas i don't think i ever went out of my way to bootleg mj - he was always just there
Michael is a historical figure in a way that Prince is not - the cult of mj is a messianic mass stan, michael's tunes are in a deep part of our collective global consciousness, and he's bigger even than pop, like maradona. Prince is a sparkling cosmic prism of space angel dust spinning and hurtling through the heavens - someone please post the yt where he just magicks his whole guitar into thin air