What does the Purple Rain 37th anniversary mean to me? Purple Rain is perhaps the closest thing to an autobiographical biopic on Prince Rogers Nelson that will ever exist. 70.3 million dollars in Box Office revenue says that this movie, released on July 27, 1984, is part and parcel of American pop culture. The film starring the late great Prince himself would be his acting debut. The movie was set up in a way that displayed his many musical talents. It contains several concert sequences, featuring Prince and The Revolution. The movie also featured acts of his own creation such as Appolonia 6 and Morris Day.
Purple Rain: Prince
The Kid (Prince) is an eclectic yet troubled frontman of a burgeoning band as the movie plot would have it. He finds love and healing through his companionship with the leading lady, based on his real-life girlfriend at the time Denise “Vanity” Matthews. Prince named Denise, “Vanity” after she refused to call herself “Vagina” at his behest. The two young rockstars fell in love. Vanity would succumb to a drug addiction leading to complications in their relationship. Prince was a known vegan who did not allow drugs on any one of his tours, setting him apart from the average rockstar.
Purple Rain: The movie – The Album
The soundtrack of the movie Purple Rain is teeming with some of the most iconic Prince songs of all time:
“Let’s Go Crazy” – Prince and the Revolution
“Jungle Love” – The Time
“Take Me with U” – Prince and the Revolution featuring Apollonia
“Modernaire” – Dez Dickerson and the Modernaires
“Possessed” – Prince and the Revolution
“The Beautiful Ones” – Prince and the Revolution
“God (Love Theme from Purple Rain)” – Prince
“When Doves Cry” – Prince
“Father’s Song” – Prince
“Computer Blue” – Prince and the Revolution
“Darling Nikki” – Prince and the Revolution
“Sex Shooter” – Apollonia 6
“The Bird” – The Time
“Purple Rain” – Prince and the Revolution
“I Would Die 4 U” – Prince and the Revolution
“Baby I’m a Star” – Prince and the Revolution
Prince: Purple Rain
When Doves Cry, Let’s Go Crazy, and Purple Rain were chart-topping singles. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score. The soundtrack sold over 15 million copies in America alone, and 25 million worldwide. Although the other songs weren’t chart-toppers they proved to have staying power over time. Prince passed away at Paisley Park on April 21, 2016 in Chanhassen, MN.