Friday, September 15, 2017

"I Would Die 4 U" by Prince & the Revolution

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  2163
Date:  12/15/1984
Debut:  42
Peak:  8
Weeks:  15
Genre:  R&B, Synthpop, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  Prince's soundtrack to his film Purple Rain reigned supreme at the top of the album chart for twenty-four weeks. Helping it along were two #1 singles and the #2 title-track. The album was still at #1 when this fourth single was issued. After a high debut just outside the Top 40, the song proceeded directly to the Top 10. It also got to #11 R&B and #50 Dance.

ReduxReview:  This jittery jam was another highlight from Purple Rain. It almost sounds like a collaboration with Devo with the one-note staccato melody and delivery. It has a very new wave synthpop sound and it suits Prince very well. Of course, typical synthpop rarely featured a performer like Prince, so this gets way elevated above the fray. Another delicious track from the Purple One.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Prince does a Christmas song? Yup. It happened. While the two things seem to be an odd pairing, Prince did write a song for the holiday titled "Another Lonely Christmas." It first appeared on the b-side to this single. However, Prince being Prince, he couldn't just write a basic jaunty tune like Wham's "Last Christmas." The tune is about someone who lost their lover on Christmas day and each successive year spends it in a lonely manner looking back and reflecting on the loss. And again, Prince being Prince, he tosses in lyrics about swimming naked and banana daiquiris. It certainly is an interesting oddity in his catalog. Later the song would appear on his B-Sides disc and the 2017 deluxe edition of Purple Rain.


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