80s Song of the Day: I Would Die 4 U by Prince and the Revolution

I Would Die 4 U by Prince and the Revolution was released November 28, 1984, with Another Lonely Christmas as the B side. It was the fourth single from the album Purple Rain.

The song reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, the last Top 10 single from Purple Rain. It re-charted after Prince’s death, reaching No. 39 on the Hot 100 the week of May 14, 2016.

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Picture sleeve for the US 7″ release

80s Song of the Day: Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution

I never wanted to be your weekend lover
I only wanted to be some kind of friend
Baby I could never steal you from another
It´s such a shame our friendship had to end

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Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution was released on September 26, 1984, with God as the B side. It was the third single from the soundtrack album for the movie of the same name.

The song was recorded during a benefit concert for the Minnesota Dance Theatre at the First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis on August 3, 1983. The performance was guitarist Wendy Melvoin’s live debut with The Revolution, at the age of 19. Continue reading

Nothing Will Ever Compare to Prince

PrincepurplerainLike so many others, I became obsessed with the Purple Rain soundtrack in 1984, the year of its release. I proudly hung the poster of the album cover on my wall and spun the record over and over and over again, memorizing every beat, every lyric. I was 12 years old at the time, and music tends to shape us so profoundly at that age. Today, I hear When Doves Cry and I’m instantly a preteen, standing in front of my bedroom mirror singing into a hairbrush. I Would Die 4 U comes on and once again I’m preoccupied with mimicking the hand motions that accompany the chorus (point to self, point to head, hold up four fingers …).

I was 12 years old, and as with so many things when you’re too young to do them, I was frustrated and furious that I couldn’t get in to see the R-rated Purple Rain with my friends at the local theater. I eventually saw it on cable and was mesmerized, the songs I knew by heart springing to life in a way they never had before. Prince, the man, seemed other worldly – different, creative, passionate, a little dangerous, and a lot sexual. So different. In the best possible way.

I finally saw Prince in concert in 2004, and it still stands, will likely always stand, as one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot of concerts in my life. I always meant to see him again, but life got in the way. I’m thankful I had the one experience that I did, sharing a space and slice of time with Prince and thousands of other diehard fans for a night of incredible music.

David Bowie’s death hit me hard. Prince’s death hits me just as hard. All I can think is that heaven is going to have an amazing jam session tonight.