I went to the "Purple Rain" Movie Premiere at Graumann's Chinese Theater with my sister...GOOD TIMES..
29 years ago today, on June 25th, 1984 an album was released that changed the landscape of music. That album is "Purple Rain" by Prince & The Revolution.
"When Doves Cry" was released on May 16, 1984 and dominated radio becoming the song of the summer and giving "Purple Rain" the album and movie, the promotion it needed with just that one song. It helped that the album had immensely strong material.
But what if "Purple Rain" was something like a relationship? How would it go?
From the beginning of "Let's Go Crazy" to the follow-up of "Take Me With U" this album starts off like a hot relationship. You go crazy when you first meet them, then you want to put them on the back of your bike and take them with you. Then out of nowhere, things get more serious than you expected and the thought of seeing "The Beautiful Ones" or one with anyone else makes you think of marriage and other things that you never thought you would do. This relationship is hot, sweaty, romantic, and intense!
Then you question everything. Do you really know about Love? Is your "Computer Blue" or is there something wrong with you/U? Love is confusing at times, is it not? Then you want to go back to where everything first happened. Where things were so intense and hot that your imagination runs wild and you explore fantasies in hotel lobbies that may not have happened but it sure sounds good. You dream of those first nights of hanging out when your Lover did things to you no one else did. The girl doesn't want to go back to that moment, liking where you are now, as are you, but you just want those desires back is all. It plays in your mind like a backwards message talking about "The Lord Coming Soon" but why doesn't she hear it as easily as you do?
Then comes the main impasse of the relationship. "When Doves Cry" is just that. Thinking about those first times, the man makes it more sensual than carnal this time around. You still get the butterflies all tied up doll, don't you understand? He wants to give way more Love to his woman than his dad gave his mom, he wants her to understand him in ways his mother couldn't understand his father, to be satisfied. He wants more for both of them. Can she relate?
She finally gets it. He whispers "I Would Die 4 U" and she understands. He wants to be her all and now she finally accepts it. There is no longer any reason to worry or cry, for both of them. They are in this. Together. She accepts. Yet, she wants more. She wants to know what his plans are for the future. The future, baby? Why, to be a star!
"Baby, I'm A Star" was Prince letting everyone know he knew he was bad. For years. In this context though, it is Prince proclaiming his future is bright. She has nothing to worry about. He will succeed in ways he hasn't before. I'm not gonna settle girl. I'm gonna reach the top. Don't you wanna come?
Then comes the climax. "Purple Rain" in all it's glory. He reflects. The pain I caused you is never gonna happen again. It is going to be never-ending happiness and laughter. He expresses from the moment he met her he knew it was not going to be a weekend bang. It was more. He wanted to be her friend but something more. He could never take her from another and hopes that no one could make her happier than he could. If so, this friendship, or whatever they had is over. In every relationship, a time has changed. He has they changed. They have changed. He is ready to be different. When he asks her to let him guide her, is he also taking her hand in a different way on bended knee?
"Purple Rain" is a hot relationship. It is a hot album. One that changed people's lives. Just like that girl or boy you keep going back to you and each time you play it, it brings a smile to your face. Like real true Love, it is timeless. Like real True Love, it is rare and only comes around about every 30 years or so.
I hope you guys see what I was going for here. Was trying to make this a different kind of view. In the comments, please share your experience if U would like....
Much Love 2 Prince, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Bobby Z., Brown Mark, Dr. Fink, and U.-DocFB
Diagnosis: May U Live 2 C This....
WOW! What a GREAT review on a Classic Movie DOC. This movie changed my LIFE I was introduce by my female cousin who was a HUGH Prince Fan at that time and she would tell me story's about Prince and his music. I was 3 years old when my cousin took me to see this movie. I STILL can remember asking my cousin is this movie scary LOL! and seating in my Moms lap throughout the whole Movie. And YES! I still remember hearing that Gospel sounding intro choir like ending to the song Purple Rain from that moment I knew that there was something SPECIAL about this Man they call PRINCE and I have been a supporter eva since and I AM NOT LOOKING BACK. Thank You Prince for giving us YOU/U in this Classic Movie called Purple Rain this movie is a True Testament as 2 Why U R tha GREATEST LEGEND of ALL Times. To the cast and crew that worked on this movie ALL of Y'all R tha GREATEST. Thank U Prince, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Bobby Z, Dr. Fink, Brown Mark and ALL tha PURPLE HIPPIES 29 years ago we made HISTORY and I am so PROUD 2 see How this movie has changed and impacted Millions of peoples lives. ;) <3
The weekend Purple Rain opened in theater's I walked from the mall across the street where the movie was playing I could not sleep or eat anything after watching the most influential musician of all time to which there will "NOT" be another make history and to see Purple Rain turn 29 years bring's back the memories I had the weekend it premier.
Now for the 30th year Prince needs to re-issue the album with the long versions of Let's Go Crazy, Computer Blue and add Electric Intercourse, Father's Song and Our Destiny from that same intended album and for BONUS add some revamp 2013-14 versions of Let's Go Crazy. IMO.
Aah man 29 years ago. I remember my friend and i went 2 c the movie. Never knew that from this moment Princes music would play a huge part in my life. Glad it did cuz it made me who i am....and i like me :) ..... Prince and the Revolution = <3
I will share a short story from 1984. I will always associate "When Doves Cry" with my "Purple Rain" moment. It was on the radio just before school was letting out for the summer. I remember the 1st Friday I went to the club when it was played. It was in Anchorage,Alaska and we used to go to Chuckie Cheese on the weekends afterhours they turned it into a club that would play Prince, The Time, Lisa Lisa, Jody Watley ("Still A Thrill"- STILL the jam), Cameo, Sheila E., Michael Jackson, SOS Band & many others. I remember I had to sneak my new leather wristband in because it had pyramid studs and they were forbidden. Everytime "When Doves Cry" came on, it was the sexiest & most emotional moment of the night. I was 13 when "Purple Rain" was released. Prince taught us a lot about ourselves when no one else would dare. I applaud him for that to this day. To me, Prince is much more than just a musician, he's a teacher. Of love & life.
I like what you wrote Doc. In my opinion Purple Rain the movie was written to accompany the soundtrack. Prince being the true Gemini he is wrote some conflicting musings that his manager found and thought they would make a great screenplay. (I am sure that I read this somewhere.) The songs on Purple Rain to me represent Prince’s spirit and flesh dueling it out culminating in the soul searing ballad where he remorsefully proclaims… “I never wanted to be your weekend lover” which I interpret as, “I don’t only want to love and revere U God when I go to church on Saturday or Sunday but I want a relationship where I can love and revere U God all the time.” Because the story had to stay on point with the “musings” (but still reach masses and exploit Prince’s talents) the writers interpreted them as a love affair with a woman (Prince’s relationship with the bride/church) as such. I also read somewhere about some lyrics taken out that alluded to money, which led me to first believe that it was all about a woman (probably Vanity) but he did do the re-write. Prince saw a means to an end, the means being the movie and the end result being getting his thoughts out as a sort of testimony or maybe he was asking a question… “Does anybody else feel like this?” The response to the question was duh yeah and Prince became my best friend in my head, LOL. This movie made a great impact on me as well Doc. I didn’t like Prince as an artist before Purple Rain. Those songs were so honest. I felt he needed someone in his life to help him find answers. As a person/artist Prince was trying to go in one direction but his sensibilities and God’s answers to his questions brought him to realize that God wanted something different for him. I have an idea but who really knows but Prince, what was being whispered in his ear by his handlers? Because of the isolation and other character flaws that fame causes, God had to personally tell him… “Jesus died for your sins, (I would die for you) and that his spirit would not return to its place of origin marred -- but in its created, purified state (Baby I’m a star). Do what you need to do.” IMO Prince is still struggling to understand -- even with his intensive current Bible studies. If he understood he would have NO FEAR.
Doc! This was fantastic! I really enjoyed reading it, and I will definitely come back to it to read again. Great job! Wow, 29 years! I saw Purple Rain as a young girl and watched it every single day, memorizing the dialogue. As I grew up, I grew with the music of Prince! Most of it I loved, some, not as much. For 29 years, I have been in awe of that man, his music and the thought of him! For so long, his music has inspired me, crept into my heart, and touched me to my core. So happy that he is still making music, still inspiring new musicians, still putting a smile on our faces. Cheers to Prince, 29 years! I sure hope he is celebrating, in his own way. I should celebrate with him, and pop in the DVD and make some popcorn! Thanks Doc, take care!
Hey! Yall know the part when Prince, "All I want to see and then he say in that Purple Rain? Don't yall know at more than 60% of people could not get that part! Lmao! The only we could do is the screaming part and Ooo Ooo Ooo part. Lmao! I know because that's all we knew! Lmao! U be mumbling thru the words! Lmao!
Oh My God, Doc I think this may be the best thing you've ever written so far....that was just wow. You knew how to describe, scribe & metaphorize thoughts of this album that brings us back to the same feeling we all had. Thank You.
Eye remember everybody went 2 c the movie just 2 hear Prince talk. They had never heard what his voice sound like...lol