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Reply #30 posted 02/13/20 5:36pm

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RODSERLING said:

The post you quoted talked about the 'shalingi" gimmick, not Swahili. It was QJ who decided to give up the "Shalini" thing.

Then you didn't read the entire thing. The person I replied to said Waylon Jennings left because of "Shalingay". Then I said he left because of the Swahili idea. Have you heard of Waylon Jennings? He's a country singer and was also the narrator on the Dukes Of Hazzard TV show. He was in a group with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, & Kris Kristofferson called The Highwaymen.

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Reply #31 posted 02/13/20 5:56pm

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Waylon didnt want to do swahili?

"Climb in my fur."
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Reply #32 posted 02/13/20 6:14pm

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rdhull said:

Waylon didnt want to do swahili?


He couldn't be bothered with all that non-white bullshit, I guess.

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Reply #33 posted 02/13/20 6:55pm

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Genesia said:

What are you blubbing about? Prince made the right decision.



Lol, yep I think Prince definately made the right decision.
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Reply #34 posted 02/13/20 9:13pm

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MickyDolenz said:



RODSERLING said:


The post you quoted talked about the 'shalingi" gimmick, not Swahili. It was QJ who decided to give up the "Shalini" thing.

Then you didn't read the entire thing. The person I replied to said Waylon Jennings left because of "Shalingay". Then I said he left because of the Swahili idea. Have you heard of Waylon Jennings? He's a country singer and was also the narrator on the Dukes Of Hazzard TV show. He was in a group with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, & Kris Kristofferson called The Highwaymen.



Yes I read correctly.
But again, the Swahili thing has nothing to do with the Shalingy gimmick.
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Reply #35 posted 02/13/20 10:04pm

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RODSERLING said:

Yes I read correctly. But again, the Swahili thing has nothing to do with the Shalingy gimmick.

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For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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Reply #36 posted 02/16/20 7:31am

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I was nowhere near close to existing back then but I appreciate this song on the merits of gathering ALL that raw, genuine, unadulterated starpower together for a single song. That's legendary even if the song itself has next to no replay value.

I did buy WaTW on the Play Store but that was mainly to complete my Top 10 hit playlist for 1985. Otherwise, if ever I do decide to listen to the song, it's not with the mindset for the average tune and more with the mindset as an analyst or a critic. It doesn't bump in the whip, that's for sure.

In retrospect, P not taking part was for the best. Being a part of that ensemble wasn't his style and it would have been awkward to see him there. Nonetheless, P contributing "4 the Tears in Your Eyes" seemed more like damage control than anything else.
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Reply #37 posted 02/16/20 1:01pm

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I was in 5th grade when it came out,we had a sub teacher one day and she brought the record. She played it and told everyone to stand up and sing or lip sync their favorite singer during that part. Was amazed at how many stood up when Michael's part came in. I just sat there.

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Reply #38 posted 02/16/20 6:44pm

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When Lionel Richie was trying to convince Prince to come down to the studio, Prince asked if he could record his part in a separate studio. Lionel responded with everyone has to check their egos at the door. There can't be any special treatment. I recalled in the video Michael Jackson recording his part in a separate booth. Prince knew what was up. lol

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Reply #39 posted 02/17/20 1:29pm

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lrn36 said:

When Lionel Richie was trying to convince Prince to come down to the studio, Prince asked if he could record his part in a separate studio. Lionel responded with everyone has to check their egos at the door. There can't be any special treatment. I recalled in the video Michael Jackson recording his part in a separate booth. Prince knew what was up. lol

IIRC Michael recorded his first solo before the others had even arrived at the studio. He was right with the group for his second spot, standing right next to Huey.
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Reply #40 posted 02/17/20 1:44pm

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I was in school back when it came out and it was cringey then and it is cringey now.

hmmm I have mixed feelings about the song.I don't hate it,but it is kinda schmaltzy.I guess I give it a pass because of its subject matter.Those artists had good intentions and their hearts are in the right place.

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Reply #41 posted 02/17/20 1:46pm

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I think the best part of the song is Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder belting it out together,near the end.I like their vocals together.

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Reply #42 posted 02/17/20 1:51pm

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We should at least be able to agree that at the very least, nothing made in the vein of WatW since (barring "Sun Citu") stacks up in any way. Not in talent, not in star power, not in cultural significance or even the song's quality control.

Different times and everything but give me 100 more charity singles like WatW than ones like that stupid, tryhard Lil Dicky song about saving the environment.
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Reply #43 posted 02/17/20 3:11pm

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SoulAlive said:

I have mixed feelings about the song. I don't hate it, but it is kinda schmaltzy. I guess I give it a pass because of its subject matter.Those artists had good intentions and their hearts are in the right place.

I liked it then and I still do. I don't really like the Haiti version though. But I've always listened to adult contemporary and easy listening too, songs like Feelings & You Light Up My Life. I like those George Martin Orchestra versions of Beatle songs and I still occasionally watch Lawrence Welk reruns. I don't believe in "guilty pleasures" or "cheesy". I either like a song or I don't. I'm not embarassed about anything I listen to or watch.

For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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Reply #44 posted 02/17/20 3:15pm

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We should at least be able to agree that at the very least, nothing made in the vein of WatW since (barring "Sun City") stacks up in any way. Not in talent, not in star power, not in cultural significance or even the song's quality control.

They're not really charity songs, but Yeah by Eddie Murphy and State Of Independence by Donna Summer have a lot of really popular singers on them.

For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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Reply #45 posted 02/28/20 9:55am

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Huey was on Watch What Happens Live last night. While he didn't mention Prince, he did talk about the WATW session.


https://www.youtube.com/w...BSm093SLVU

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Reply #46 posted 02/28/20 12:00pm

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It would have been as embarrassing for Prince as it ended up being for everybody else how participated. In fact the entire "USA for Africa" album is unlistenable except for 4 the Tears...

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Reply #47 posted 02/28/20 12:06pm

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Prince's contribution was making Sheila go instead. lol

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Reply #48 posted 02/28/20 8:18pm

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jasopig said:

It would have been as embarrassing for Prince as it ended up being for everybody else who participated.

If that is so, then why does Lionel Richie still sings it today at his concerts?

For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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Reply #49 posted 02/29/20 7:10am

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Who else was huge at the time but didn't sing on this song? Madonna perhaps? Or hadn't she broken out yet? The song is cheesy as hell but I'll take it over Do They Know it's Christmas any day of the year.

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Reply #50 posted 02/29/20 11:52am

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rogifan said:

Who else was huge at the time but didn't sing on this song? Madonna perhaps? Or hadn't she broken out yet? The song is cheesy as hell but I'll take it over Do They Know it's Christmas any day of the year.

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Madonna was hot at the time but she still hadn't hit that level of flashpoint quite yet and become an established name that the main vocalists of the song were.
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Reply #51 posted 03/02/20 9:00am

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rogifan said:

Who else was huge at the time but didn't sing on this song? Madonna perhaps? Or hadn't she broken out yet? The song is cheesy as hell but I'll take it over Do They Know it's Christmas any day of the year.

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Phil Collins?

"You know, this is funky but I wish he'd play like he used to, old scragglyhead son of a...*smack* OOH!"

"Who's the foo singing will it's would"
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Reply #52 posted 03/02/20 9:19am

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AZStreet said:



rogifan said:


Who else was huge at the time but didn't sing on this song? Madonna perhaps? Or hadn't she broken out yet? The song is cheesy as hell but I'll take it over Do They Know it's Christmas any day of the year.


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Phil Collins?

Phil was more established than Madonna but still kinda on the rise, himself. No Jacket Required wouldn't be released for about another month.

Of course, he participated in Band Aid though.
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Reply #53 posted 03/02/20 10:27am

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AZStreet said:

Phil Collins?

The singers at the USA For Africa session were there because they were people at the American Music Awards held the same day. That's how they could get all those big names at the same time. I don't think Phil was at the AMAs. I think there were other acts who volunteered to sing on the song, but it became too many and were turned down.

For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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Reply #54 posted 03/02/20 3:17pm

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MickyDolenz said:

AZStreet said:

Phil Collins?

The singers at the USA For Africa session were there because they were people at the American Music Awards held the same day. That's how they could get all those big names at the same time. I don't think Phil was at the AMAs. I think there were other acts who volunteered to sing on the song, but it became too many and were turned down.

Right. About 50-60 acts were turned away I believe.

"You know, this is funky but I wish he'd play like he used to, old scragglyhead son of a...*smack* OOH!"

"Who's the foo singing will it's would"
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Reply #55 posted 03/02/20 3:25pm

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Yeah, the song sucked and I don't care that Prince skipped out.

I doubt anyone would have cared about Prince taking a pass if there hadn't been that dust up with the bodyguard. The whole project was kind of a scam (or at least a clusterfuck) and, as I understand it, most of the money never made it to the people it was designed to help anyway.

It would have been cool to have him play at Live Aid but it never bothered me that he didn't.

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Reply #56 posted 03/02/20 4:20pm

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We should at least be able to agree that at the very least, nothing made in the vein of WatW since (barring "Sun Citu") stacks up in any way. Not in talent, not in star power, not in cultural significance or even the song's quality control. Different times and everything but give me 100 more charity singles like WatW than ones like that stupid, tryhard Lil Dicky song about saving the environment. [Edited 2/17/20 13:52pm]

It's a lot of 90s plop but I prefer Michael's label-buried sequel song to benefit victims of 9/11, "What More Can I Give?

https://www.youtube.com/w...uuUgsTY148

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Reply #57 posted 03/02/20 7:52pm

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MotownSubdivision said:

We should at least be able to agree that at the very least, nothing made in the vein of WatW since (barring "Sun Citu") stacks up in any way. Not in talent, not in star power, not in cultural significance or even the song's quality control. Different times and everything but give me 100 more charity singles like WatW than ones like that stupid, tryhard Lil Dicky song about saving the environment. [Edited 2/17/20 13:52pm]

It's a lot of 90s plop but I prefer Michael's label-buried sequel song to benefit victims of 9/11, "What More Can I Give?

https://www.youtube.com/w...uuUgsTY148

Agreed

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Reply #58 posted 03/04/20 4:16pm

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WhisperingDandelions said:

It's a lot of 90s plop but I prefer Michael's label-buried sequel song to benefit victims of 9/11, "What More Can I Give?

I like Freedom from the Panther soundtrack better than that one. It had all female singers & rappers. I also like Self Destruction.

For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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Reply #59 posted 03/11/20 10:00am

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More about We Are the World here:
https://www.rollingstone....own-54619/
O tempora! O mores!
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