Monday, December 19, 2011

Prince Performs on the Oprah Show, 1996, Before and After His Interview, and Talks About Emancipation

Here is video of Oprah's interview with Prince in 1996 when he released "Emancipation" after he was completely free of his Warner Bros. contract. This is vintage Prince. The man is ever evolving. (See more recent interview on Lopez Tonight)

Update April 23, 2016: The video's back as we remember Prince. With his death we face a great loss.

Prince, How do you want to be remembered?

Update, 2014:  As you can see, the video's been removed. It no no longer worked.  BUT you can READ the transcript or the interview here, and WATCH his performance here.

1996: Sleep Around, If I Was Your Girlfriend, Do... from WAT.TV

I'd say watch it while you can because I doubt Oprah gave permission for this video to be posted online; so, it may disappear. However, I'd gladly buy the whole episode on iTunes or at Amazon if she decided to sell it by itself.

If the video doesn't work, I've also posted clips at

In the beginning, Oprah gives an overview of Prince's life and career, and then he comes out and performs "Do Me Baby" and "If I Were Ur Girlfriend," to keep the fans happy. Later, Oprah shows scenes from her interview and her visit with him at his house, where it seems that she can't help saying to him, "Oh, you're pretty," and asks him, "What should I call you?" He says, "Prince."

She also interviews him with his wife of that time, Mayte Garcia, and they talk about having children.

Oprah asks Prince about his music's focus on sex (which it doesn't do so much these days). He says that sex is a part of life. He also says that there are two people inside him, and he's not sure what the gender (sex) of the other person is. Oprah also ask him how he feels about people's assumption that he's gay. He says, "Whatever floats your boat."

Oprah continues to probe Prince's assertion that he has two personalities, something he says he discovered about himself in therapy, and he jokes with her saying, "This is turning into a Sybil interview." He recalls being ridiculed as a child for his small size, and he suspects that being bullied led him to create the other personality when he was about five years old. From an early age, he used music to escape, he says, teaching himself how to play the piano, and he remembers the first song he played was the theme to the Batman television show.

Prince eventually talks with Oprah about his split with Warner Bros. and why he wrote the word slave on his face. He did not mean to offend anyone by calling himself a slave nor to associate himself with any particular group of slaves. By the end of the show, he performs "Sleep Around."

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