Let’s Go Crazy – Prince & The Revolution

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………….on September 30th of 1984 Prince occupies the #1 position on Billboard with “Let’s Go Crazy”. This is the opening song from Prince’s film Purple Rain. The album was a soundtrack to the film, and a huge hit, spending 24 weeks at #1 in America. Much of the movie takes place at a club where Prince performs – these scenes were shot at the First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, where Prince really was a regular player. When Prince and his band, The Revolution, embarked on their tour to promote the album, they used most of the choreography from their film performance of this song for their concert performances. The beginning of this song is one of the most famous spoken intros in pop history. Prince takes the persona of a preacher and is joined by a church organ as he gives what amounts to a sermon, reminding us that we should enjoy this life, knowing that we can look forward to a world of never-ending happiness when we die. Credit this to George Clinton, who did many similar bits (“free your mind, and your ass will follow…”) with P-Funk. Following Prince’s death, The Minnesota Wild ice hockey team made the decision to honor him by playing this song when celebrating goals at their home stadium. The song was chosen after a fan poll was conducted to help find a goal theme to replace Joe Satriani’s “Crowd Chant.” The song peaked at #7 in the UK.