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Intrigue gets first glimpse of yellow Prince by John Pasmore

There are a couple of days that you remember pretty much forever. So, this was a long time ago and the article in the Houston Chronicle is not even in Google. In any case, one day, Houston to Paisley Park with writer Tom McCourt, an experience inspired by the vision of creative director, Franc Reyes:

Houston Chronicle,¬†AUGUST 30, 1991…

Intrigue gets first glimpse of yellow Prince 


Edition: 2 STAR
Section: HOUSTON

Article Text:

The Prince no longer preens in purple.

The rock star struts his new sunny-yet-smoldering look on the cover of Houston-based Intrigue magazine. The September/October issue that hits newsstands Tuesday will be among the first publications nationwide to show Prince’s new canary-yellow gangster glamour.

Prince’s new wardrobe of boldly colored suits with futuristic detailing could best be described as “Godfather Part III” meets ” Barbarella.” The former, a 1990 hit movie, and the latter, a 1968 futuristic cult film starring Jane Fonda, now inspire the musician.

Gone are the bikinis, brocade, corsets and ruffled poet blouses. His yellow majesty instead dons a school-bus yellow blazer and royal blue shirt for Intrigue’s cover. His hair is a cascade of curls atop his head, but the sides are flattened in a style called “the Typhoon.” His once straggly beard is trim and dandyish. His pink lipstick and black eyeliner are just so.

I! ntrigue was one of a few publications granted a recent audience with his once-purple highness in his hometown of Minneapolis. The September issue of Spin also describes the experience of watching Prince record his upcoming album “Diamonds and Pearls” to debut in October.

Why did the reclusive Prince bestow his favors on Intrigue, a free Houston magazine that only two years ago was a pamphlet passed out at nightclubs?

The singer asked how he could get on the cover after seeing a model clad in yellow leather on the cover of a recent issue, publisher John Pasmore said.

“I thought it was a joke when his publicist called from New York City,” Pasmore said. “I kept wondering which friend was playing a joke on me.”

It was no joke. Pasmore flew up with staff writer Tom McCourt to observe Prince record.

“I was completely blown away,” Pasmore said of the rehearsals in the coliseum-sized private studio. “It was like going to a full concert. He played for about an hour, including “Purple Rain” and ” Nothing Compares 2 U. ” There was no one there besides the writer, myself and a public relations person. We sat on a couch 15 feet from the stage and got a one-on-one performance.”

The Houston visitors saw a new side to Prince – and it was yellow. The singer now lives in a banana-colored house and drives a matching BMW.

“That’s a big thing with Prince – keep things moving, keep things moving,” Prince collaborator Tony Mosley said in the Intrigue article. “You never know what to expect.”

Perhaps most surprising is that the King of Priss and Strut has bridled his carnal ways. The 33-year-old dilutes the unabandoned sexual funk for which he is known with pop ditties, rap and love ballads on the new “Diamonds and Pearls.

” He also has a new band, The New Power Generation, and a new female vocalist, Rosie Gaines.

Prince wrote his first songs at age 12. Within a few years he had mastered 22 instruments. During junior high, he formed his first band, Grand Central. He signed with Warner Bros. records at age 19, and he became a critics’ choice three years later with the release of his third album, “Dirty Mind.”

He briefly displaced Michael Jackson as America’s biggest pop star with the release of “Purple Rain” in 1984. The album’s “When Doves Cry” sold more than 2 million copies and was the best-selling single of 1984. The next year he won an Academy Award for best original score for the movie version of “Purple Rain.”

Prince’s most recent fame was for the “Batman” movie title track – and briefly dating the lead actress Kim Basinger.

Being courted by His Majesty has spurred Intrigue to think on a grander scale, said publisher Pasmore.

Starting this month, the magazine will add columns on Los Angeles and New York. The magazine will be distributed there as well as at local outlets that include J. Hampton, The Bookstop and the River Oaks 3 theater.

Photo: Prince on the cover of Intrigue magazine (color)

Copyright 1991 Houston Chronicle

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