Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Purple Reigns Supreme

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Purple Reigns Supreme

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Byline: WORDS: MAX CRUS

Who doesn't like the colour purple?

No, not the Spielberg movie from the '80s.

Purple, the colour, is so popular everyone would paint their houses purple, buy purple ice-creams and purple clothes except they know it is a special colour and shouldn't be overdone, which is why no car manufacturer has made a properly purple car since Chrysler ceased production of the Charger back in the '70s when Deep Purple reigned stages and airwaves.

No parent has since called their child Alvin since then either, but that's another story.

Purple has been the colour of royalty since the stone age, when the leader of the tribe would colour his woolly mammoth coat with naturally occurring, but rare, purple pigments.

In Roman days purple continued to be the colour of choice for those giving the thumbs up or down for the poor hapless white-garmented Christians battling it out with gladiators and lions in the Colosseum.

White was the colour chosen for those poor buggers because it showed up blood the best in the days before the action replays, slo-mo's and extreme close-ups that we enjoy in our blood-sports today such as wombat-hunting, horse racing, greyhound racing, rugby league and cricket.

Eventually when Christianity got a foothold and Christians became those Romans, Richard the Lionheart fed others to the lions while the upper echelons of the hierarchy wore purple, rubbing it in the noses of all those purple wearing Caesars.

So the use of purple in clerical gowns continues to this day which segues nicely to the use of purple in music, most notably Jim Hendrix's 'Purple Haze -- Jesus saves', which was the original title of his famous song, the meaning of which no-one can remember nor agree except that it's undoubtedly about drugs, and lots of them, which pretty much explains why.

Clearly the artist known as Prince, then not, then Prince again, then not because he died of a drug overdose, had taken a few too many before penning his classic 'Purple Rain' about which he offered the following explanation : "When there's blood in the sky -- red and blue = purple. …

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