109: Automatic

1999 (1982)
Deep within the the cold, slow-beating heart of 1999 lurks a song so hypnotic that four minutes in, just after its natural finishing point, it mesmerises Prince himself. This causes him to start muttering barely-coherent, semi-conscious desires about pleasure and pain. With the composer now incapacitated there’s nobody around to draw the groove to a close. It continues. Six minutes in and its tentacles are embedded so deep they’re able to extract Prince’s innermost, darkest fantasies. We get a touch of International Lover pilot roleplay, a mention of torture, then a chorus of moans and screams from Marquis de Sade’s jail cell. You can see this S&M fantasy play out in the accompanying video where Lisa and Jill tie a submissive Prince to a golden bed and whip him under a harsh blue light. Sated by these extracted visions Automatic withdraws before the ten minute mark and falls into a deep slumber. It will be 12 months before it feels the need to feast again.

  • Scott Thompsett

    They’re coming fast and furious now. Can’t wait to see the top 100…. Great song – was expecting this and I Feel for You to crack the top 80.

    • 500 Prince Songs

      Both were in my top 80 until recently. They were edged out by new found appreciation for some of his more overlooked joints.

  • Cordelia

    I would have expected this closer to top 10

    • 500 Prince Songs

      To be honest I think every track in my top 100 have been in my top 10 at least at some point. It’s getting hard to choose between them now.

      • Cordelia

        i hear you…the fun of the list is in the diversity of opinion and, for me, discovering new tunes. Regular reader here. I should have led with appreciation. 🙂 Yes the S&M theme hits you over the head, but the real show stopper here is the Gary Numan esque style. Cars meets bondage