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You can't embed video in newsprint, but that doesn't stop your Fly on the Wall from trying. Paul Kevin Curtis, the North Mississippi Elvis impersonator who was arrested (and later released) for allegedly sending letters laced with ricin to President Obama and Mississippi senator Roger Wicker, reveals that Curtis also does a Prince tribute act. In one very special video, Curtis reveals all the lurid splendor of Prince's "Little Red Corvette," to a room full of teenagers.

A low-cut poet's shirt frames his chest-hair in ruffles. He starts with the ubiquitous peace-signs-over-the-eyes thing.

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He snatches up his mic and addresses the audience. "You're my Revolution," Curtis says intensely. And then he starts singing and kicking and stuff.

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About a third of the way through the video, most people will realize that "Little Red Corvette" starts out like a tightly crafted Springsteen ballad, but by the end, it's just Prince improvising and being nasty as he wants to be.

This is when things start getting really uncomfortable as one lucky lady gets singled out for "I'm gonna try to tame your little red love machine."

Curtis maintains that he didn't mail the letters, and he has been released by federal authorities. A hearing set for Tuesday was delayed. No traces of ricin have been discovered in his home, and his computer is reported to be free of evidence linking him to anything other than crankery and questionable taste.

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