Prince's frenzy shifts into overdrive on the effervescent "Delirious," and the funky, upbeat "Let's Pretend We're Married" is a manifestation of his Seventh Day Adventist upbringing: true carnal pleasure can only be achieved through guilt-free association, leading to self-deception.
Prince sold out numerous shows across the country on the "1999 Tour" (with Vanity 6 and the Time as supporting acts) and received Rolling Stone's Artist of the Year for 1982 and Musician of the Year at the Black Music Awards.
While on the "1999 Tour," Prince jottted down ideas in a "purple journal" he kept with him at all times. In that journal were the seeds of Purple Rain. With a multitude of individuals financing the project, the script was fleshed out and Prince was cast as the lead. Real Minneapolis scenesters (including the Time and Apollonia 6) formed much of the supporting cast.
The semi-autobiographical plot tells of the struggles, rivalries and mercurial rise to fame of the "Kid" and the scene around him. The Purple Rain soundtrack spent twenty-four weeks at No. 1 on the pop charts and turned Prince into a superstar. The proceeds also allowed Prince to build Paisley Park, the full service recording studio and office complex near Minneapolis which served as his headquarters.
The classic single "When Doves Cry" is daringly sparse compared to previous work, with beautifully crafted Beethovian synth lines and Hendrix-style guitar punctuating a forthright beat and soulful tune. "Let's Go Crazy," cemented Prince's rock 'n' roll reputation and is as euphoric and maniacal as the title implies.
The title track, an echoey and bombastic pop ballad, was clearly overproduced, but rode all the way to No. 2 on the success of the film and the soundtrack. Prince has never again achieved this level of across-the-board success, but he has many other outstanding moments in his (too?) prolific career. Around The World in a Day was the follow up to Rain and Prince's attempt to take the eclecticism of Rain even farther afield. The Beatlesque album produced a couple of hits, including the charming "Raspberry Beret," but generated mixed reviews.
In 1986 Prince pursued another movie, Under The Cherry Moon, which attempted to elevate petulance to the level of artistic ideal. It flopped, but the soundtrack, Parade, yielded the jittery funk of "Kiss."
Spooky and erotic, "Kiss" was originally written for Mazarati, a side project of Prince's bass player Mark Brown. Prince scribbled some lyrics down, came up with the tune on acoustic guitar, sang it into a tape recorder and told Mazarati to come up with the rest. After the band worked up an arrangement and played it for Prince, he repossessed the tune. Prince giveth and Prince taketh away.