115: Poom Poom

Crystal Ball (1998)
Sometimes the throwaway tracks are the most endearing. Poom Poom wasn’t intended for any particular album or for any particular reason other than it was in Prince’s head and had to get out. With its cartoonish chorus and lollipop-sucking vocals it sounds more like a Saturday Night Live sketch than a serious song but that’s not a sleight. Prince can do funny. Someone that insanely talented shouldn’t have a sense of humour too – it should be against physics or something – but his was renowned. Poom Poom cracked me up when I heard it and still makes me smile today. As the title suggests it’s one of Prince’s horny songs – a more excitable and brattier cousin to Big Fun, the track it samples. It’s designed to be played loud in car systems. Poomin’ in your jeep. If the windows aren’t rattling, you’ve failed.

  • Scott Thompsett

    Amazing. I love this song despite how awfully silly the lyrics are. My wife hates it and hates when I play it around the kids. This, 18 and Over, and Ripopgodazippa are the trinity of songs she despises.

    • 500 Prince Songs

      I always lump Poom Poom in with Ripopgodazippa and Da Bang… A trinity of daft awesomeness.

  • LuxLuxLux

    Will be stuck in my head all day now 🙁 that hook on a loop was probably used in Guantanamo Bay.

    • 500 Prince Songs

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      • LuxLuxLux

        Cheers!