Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Purple Rain / 25th Anniversary


I've kind of taken the summer off from the media so I never know if anything has already been talked to death or not. Example: I haven't seen nary one minute of an MJ tribute but folks tell me they're still happening.

I get the feeling that the 25th anniversary of Purple Rain hasn't gotten nearly the coverage it should have. This summer, a quarter of a century ago, I watched MTV's frenzied spectacle of the movie's release (thank god I was visiting my grandma who had cable!). It's hard for me to overstate the impact that album had on me as a 12 year old boy.

Spin had a big feature that revisited it all through interviews with the folks that were there (noticeably absent is Prince). It's a really great read. Even better, Spin assembled 9 singers/bands to cover Purple Rain and they're giving it away as a free download*. Sharon Jones doing Take Me With U! My personal favorite is I Would Die 4 U by Mariachi El Bronx.

1. "Let's Go Crazy" RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS
2. "Take Me With U" SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS
3. "The Beautiful Ones" FOL CHEN
4. "Computer Blue" OF MONTREAL
5. "Darling Nikki" CHAIRLIFT
6. "When Doves Cry" THE TWILIGHT SINGERS
7. "I Would Die 4 U" MARIACHI EL BRONX
8. "Baby I'm a Star" CRAIG WEDREN
9. "Purple Rain" LAVENDER DIAMOND


*The answer (already found all over the internet) is in quotes in the labels section below. Go here to start the process.

2 comments:

Rachel said...

ohmygod.ohmygod.ohmygod.

Thanks for this post. I love love love Prince and I was crazy about Purple Rain! It is the only cassette tape of mine that I had to replace (back in the day of cassettes) because I actually wore it out from repeated play.

I will try to get downloads now.
yippeeee!

Joey Veltkamp said...

HA! I know, right?? Hopefully you got them okay! and congrats on getting your thesis completed!