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“The Prince song inspired by Cocteau Twins”

  • By Gracie Williams
  • Far Out Magazine
  • 29-Mar 2021

Prince is often considered one of the most influential artists of the late 20th century and beyond, defying genre and crafting a larger-than-life persona in the process.

Along with his notable impact on artists such as Lenny Kravitz and Janelle Monae, the “Purple Rain” singer always kept an open mind when it came to his own musical evolution and had an acute eye for spotting potential in seemingly unconventional places. This was exhibited especially in his admiration for Scottish dream-pop band Cocteau Twins.

In an interview, Prince once stated, “What I like is stuff that I can’t do. That I would never do, like the Cocteau Twins, I would never do that.” This declaration proved to be deceiving, as the trio’s influence was showcased in his 2014 release ‘TICTACTOE,’ a song off of his thirty-sixth studio album Plectrumelectrum. But when digging deeper into Prince’s discography, the impact can be charted as far back as the 1990s.

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