Prince Demands $1.77 to Watch 'Screwdriver' Video

Girl guitarist with Skrilex 'do backs living funk god in clip

Prince Screwdriver Live Video Charges Money 1.77
The smoke monster and the Skrillex 'do
Chris Martins WRITTEN BY
Chris Martins

Prince's latest entry to his own sultry funk canon is "Breakfast Can Wait," and now U can 2 since the only way to watch His Purpleness' video for other new song "Screwdriver" is to pay a curiosity-whetting $1.77 and then download the entire movie file. You can grab the thing over at Prince's official page or via his thinly veiled alias' webstore 3rdEyeGirl (where songs are priced at $0.88 a pop), but before you do you pass over that buck and change you should know what you're getting in return.

When the grainy eight-minute clip picks up, we meet a guitar-wielding girl with a Skrillex 'do and a rockin' lady band. They show up for a sketchy audition but while the plot, production and performance all scream "porno flick," a tiny form soon emerges from a fog-spewing door and beckons the girls into a dark warehouse. We soon discover that Prince has called the women forth so that they can back him as he plays "Screwdriver" to a '90s-attired audience who dip, bop and twist in (almost) synchronization.

You will never get that $1.77 back, so decide wisely. As for the very specific pricing, Prince has displayed an affinity for sevens in the past, as Videostatic points out, and a quick Google search of the terms "177" and "Prince" reveals a Soho loft complex where, we can only assume, the Artist has hidden a physical clue that will lead to the unveiling of his next new song. That, or a copy of 2011 action-thriller The Adjustment Bureau. The man's kookiness aside, he made a fantastic cameo at the 2013 Grammys.

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