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Prince: "I exited Prince's Mayfair suite feeling like a mouse savaged by a particularly fiendish cat"

Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, 24 April 2016

I'D SAY IT was all there in 1979's 'I Wanna Be Your Lover', Prince's first hit: the falsetto pout, the swivelling guitar riff, the effortless fusion of funk and pop, the teasing pause before the word "lover"… oh, and the request to "be your mother and your sister too". It was clear this kid was no ordinary post-disco soul star.

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