Night Beats
  • Kelly O
  • Night Beats

• There's plenty of hilarious stuff in the movie Purple Rain: the performance of Morris Day, the inclusion of Prince's advice-giving cone puppet, the plot-forwarding notion that "no one digs" the Prince songs that fill the soundtrack (which spent six straight months at number one). But at Friday's night's packed-out Purple Rain screening at SIFF, the biggest laugh of the night went not to Morris Day or Prince's puppet but to Clarence Williams III, who, as Prince's imminently suicidal father, mutters the following sage advice: "Never get married." Guess you had to be there. (It was great!)

• Speaking of Prince, last week the freaky little genius announced a brand-new deal with Warner Brothers records, which will release a special 30th-anniversary edition of the Purple Rain soundtrack along with a ton of Prince's lusted-after "lost recordings." Squeeee!

• The new trend of throwing rolls of toilet paper around at live shows (see also the Black Lips at Neumos, CHRISTEENE at Chop Suey) continued last Friday at a packed and rowdy Night Beats, Cosmonauts, and Pharmacy show at the Lo-Fi. At one point, someone took a lighter to the TP wrapped around a mic stand, resulting in a very Jimi Hendrix–esque onstage fire.

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