Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Prince Performs Funky Mashup of MJ's “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and The Time's “Cool”

Prince and The New Power Generation thrilled the audience with a dazzling mashup of Michael Jackson’s classic “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough'' and The Time’s hit “Cool” at the Montreux Jazz Festival 2013. The Purple One and his talented groove squad served up massive doses of funk as they flawlessly integrated the two songs. The songs complement one another so well that it feels like they were always meant to be in a funky mashup one day. This mashup showed Prince’s genius at arrangement and unfailing ear. He just knew that those two cuts would sound amazing together, and it was also a really cool way for him to pay homage to MJ. And the NPG Hornz were on fire, even throwing in horn lines from Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke,” Weather Report's "Birdland" and Con Funk Shun’s “Ffun” to further raise the funk level. The rest of the band were also killing it. This roof-raising performance showed that Prince was still bringing the funk in large supply well into his 50s.

Some of the NPG players for this performance included Hannah Welton-Ford (drums), Andrew Gouché (bass), Donna Grantis (guitar), Cassandra O’Neal (keyboards) and Ida Nielsen (guitar). 

It’s fitting that Prince paid tribute to Michael Jackson musically rather than through a written or video statement online. Music was both his and MJ’s language, so it was the perfect medium to celebrate the pop legend, who was Prince’s contemporary and friendly rival. The two artists had a tremendous impact on music and pop culture during their relatively short time with us. Their influence is felt in many corners of contemporary music and will no doubt continue to be in the decades to come. They left such an indelible mark that it's hard to imagine what music would be like today without them. You can spot their influence in many of today’s artist/performers and their music, particularly in the genres of R&B, pop and hip hop--and even in rock and alternative in Prince's case. It’s a shame that the two never collaborated. That definitely would have been a world-shaking event for the books.

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