Sign o’ the times: The return of Lovesexy

In January, Bowie, Destiny's Child, Justin Timberlake — and now Prince — have reemerged with surprise new tracks! VIDEO

Topics: Video, Prince, New Music, Justin Timberlake, David Bowie, Destiny's child,

Sign o' the times: The return of Lovesexy (Credit: AP/Balazs Mohai)

It must have been an interesting meeting when a bunch of the biggest names in music got together and decided that springing surprise new tracks on the fans was going to be officially a thing this January. So far already this year, David Bowie has celebrated turning 66 with his first new single in almost a decade, and a promise of an album in March. Then, right around the time Destiny’s Child came back after eight years to go “Nuclear,” Justin Timberlake broke his six-year musical silence with a return to “that thing I love called MUSIC” — and a record-breaking new single and a promise of an album. And now, His Royal Badness, Mr. Lovesexy, the Artist Formerly Known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince has unleashed his latest single in a sudden, seemingly out of nowhere move.The new track, “Screwdriver,” appeared after a mysterious Twitter account called 3rd Eye Girl – which happens to be the not-so-secret identity of  Prince guitar player Donna Grantis – posted a link to it Tuesday. Kapow!

“Screwdriver” is a typically raunchy yet remarkably lightweight affair from the 54-year-old — and the lyrics-strewn YouTube clip for it prove he’s still the master of the kind of text-speak he pioneered long before anybody was texting. “I’m ur driver, ur my screw,” he explains, undiminished in his love of a good party. Not seen in the clip: Prince himself, whose vocals are thinner for the wear but still unmistakable. Even after all these years, it’s clear nothing compares 2 him.



Prince hasn’t released an album since his newspaper-distributed freebie ”20Ten” nearly three years ago. Now, he’s letting it be known he’s returning to the public eye – albeit in a quieter manner than the flamboyant badass of days past. He discusses his feelings about music rights in the new Billboard and been playing small gigs in Minneapolis this month in what looks like a run-up to an imminent tour. And if doesn’t approach the genius of his “1999″ era, “Screwdriver” is nonetheless the kind of boppy treat that makes the cold, cruel days of winter a little warmer, a tune content to be, in the words of the Hollywood Reporter, “a breath of fresh air.” And like Bowie and Timberlake’s comebacks, it’s further happy proof that no matter how long January seems, just as spring eventually always returns, so, thank God, do our idols.

 

 

Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of "Gimme Shelter: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream." Follow her on Twitter: @embeedub.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 11
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails
    Rose Jay via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Labrador Retriever

    These guys are happy because their little brains literally can't grasp the concept of global warming.

    Hysteria via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    German Shepherd

    This momma is happy to bring her little guy into the world, because she doesn't know that one day they'll both be dead.

    Christian Mueller via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Golden Retriever

    I bet these guys wouldn't be having so much fun if they knew the sun was going to explode one day.

    WilleeCole Photography via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Bulldog

    This dude thinks he's tough, but only because nobody ever told him about ISIS.

    Soloviova Liudmyla via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Beagle

    This little lady is dreaming about her next meal-- not Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

    Labrador Photo Video via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Yorkshire Terrier

    This trusting yorkie has never even heard the name "Bernie Madoff."

    Pavla via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Poodle

    She is smiling so widely because she is too stupid to understand what the Holocaust was.

    Aneta Pics via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Boxer

    Sure, frolic now, man. One day you're going to be euthanized and so is everyone you love.

    Dezi via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    French Bulldog

    He's on a casual afternoon stroll because he is unfamiliar with the concept of eternity.

    Jagodka via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Rottweiler

    Wouldn't it be nice if we could all be this care-free? But we can't because we are basically all indirectly responsible for slavery.

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

0 Comments

Comment Preview

Your name will appear as username ( settings | log out )

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href=""> <b> <em> <strong> <i> <blockquote>