List: The MST3K Prince riff list
Bryan writes: Minnesota has produced several famous things; two of them being Mystery Science Theater and Prince, aka The Artist. So it's only natural that the two would wind up together.
So, here's a list of Prince references I've found so far. The list is incomplete. If you know of any more, email me.
Editor's note: Bryan demonstrated an extensive knowledge of Prince's career by including, in his original list, explanations of what, specifically, each riff was referring to. In the spirit of MST3K, where riffs are almost never explained (and for the sake of brevity) we've eliminated them from this list. If you want more info on what these riffs are about, feel free to contact him. Also: Bryan included a number of riffs that were references to performers who had some connection to Prince, such as Sheila E. and Sinead O'Connor. We saw this as an example of what we at Satellite News call "list creep," in which the focus of a particular list gets a bit too fuzzy. When Tom Servo says "Nothing compares 2 U," that's a Sinead O'Connor reference, plain and simple. The fact that Prince wrote the song is interesting, but that fact does not make it a Prince reference. Unless Prince himself is specifically referenced, we did not include the riff.
306- TIME OF THE APES
When the fopish monkey with a cape enters: Crow: "Oh no, it's Prince! His royal purpleness!"
As Godo and the kids leave Gaiba: Tom: "I need to get this outfit back to Prince"
322- MASTER NINJA I
When Timothy Van Patten picks up Demi Moore: Crow: "Boy, you are a mess. Were you at Prince's house?"
Watching the old dance film: Joel: "Prince stole everything from him."
513- THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE
During the "Right Hat" skit: Crow: "This rasberry beret just screamed for me!"
616- RACKET GIRLS
During the wedding segment: Dr. F: "Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to get through this thing called life...electric word, life..."
803- THE MOLE PEOPLE
During the earthquake: Crow: "Earthquake! Shut up already, damn!"
John Agar wildly speculating: Agar: "...straight into an earthquake." Tom: "Shut up already! Damn!"
812- THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED-UP ZOMBIES
During the first dance number: Crow: "You know, without this, there would be no Prince."
815- AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.
(This movie featured an actor who looked enough like Prince to spark the most prince of any MST3K episode.)
Credit sequence: Crow: "With Bob Marley and Prince!"
Tom: "You don't have to be rich to be my girl."
Tom: "Have you seen my rasberry beret?'
Crow: "I would die for him."
Mike: "Why don't you come over here and let me work on that zipper?" "
Tom: "I think I wanna dance!"
Crow: "Maybe we should have taken the litte red corvette."
Mike: "Baby you gotta slow down!"
Crow: "On the way home, I wanna pick up some 'Cream!'"
Mike: "I wonder if the hot water heater makes the water warm enough, Lisa"
Crow: "I'd like to spend a night in your sugar walls"
Mike: "That's enough Prince."
Crow: "Wendy and Lisa are coming over later. Is that okay?"
Crow: "Oh no, let's go"
Mike: "Will you shut up already? Damn!" "Housequake"
Mike: "Could you be the most beautiful girl in the world?"
Crow: "Just a typical day for Prince."
Crow: "Hey look at that arm. He must have mouthed off to Mayte."
Mike: "Whoa! I guess I should have known!"
816- PRINCE OF SPACE
Title card: Mike: "I'm in space already, damn!"
Kids: "Prince!" Tom: "Please, call me the Artist."
While chasing Prince of Space: Tom: "Dearly beloved, we're here to get through this thing called life."
819- INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN
During the Neptunian's message: "1999" Crow: "Don't worry... I won't hurt you"
903- PUMA MAN
Donald Pleasence enters the room in a gold suit: Mike: "My name is Pleasence and I am funky!"
When Peter chases the horny girl: Mike: "Sinead O'Connor flees Prince's house"
Daphne comes in after fighting with puppets: Mike: "After my date with Prince, I came straight home."
910- THE FINAL SACRIFICE
Bad guy gloating: Crow: "Don't worry, I won't hurt you."
913- QUEST OF THE DELTA KNIGHTS
Chancellor gets Lord Volchar: Pearl: "I got to get back to the New Power Generation."
da Vinci: "Prince, eh?" Mike: "I guess it's better than being captured by Morris Day."
1005- BLOOD WATERS OF DR. Z
After being attacked by Dr. Z: Crow: "Hey, he's striking the Lovesexy album pose"
1008- FINAL JUSTICE
In the church: Mike: "Dearly beloved, we're here to get through this thing called life."
Episodes checked that had no Prince refs:
207, 308, 316, 320, 506, 619, 706, 1009-1003