Playlist: Remembering Prince

April 21, 2016, the world lost one of music’s iconic and talented musicians, Prince. He was truly a legend who left a huge impression on music with his style, songs, and vision. He was a versatile artist who constantly pushed boundaries and challenged perceived notions of music. Since he was bigger than life, even though he only stood 5’3, you don’t picture him working with a lot of other artists or even performing covers. His music is so good, why should he play other people’s songs? But, surprisingly, Prince extended himself to various musicians and created memorable, yet underrated duets. At the same time, he also put his funky, sexy spin on songs you’d never guess he’d play. So let’s remember the late Prince by looking back at some of his most notable duets and covers.

“Love Song” – Madonna + Prince

When listening to Madonna’s landmark album Like a Prayer it’s easy to gloss over this smoldering track. The sexy ballad features the two music icons being seductive with one another. It’s a smooth, sexy track meant to put you in the loving mood. So how did the two end up working together? “We were friends and talked about working together, so I went to Minneapolis to write some stuff with him, but the only thing I really dug was ‘Love Song’ […]” With its funky groove and steamy lyrics, it’s more of a Prince song. It sounds like something that belongs on one of his albums and doesn’t mesh well with the pure pop of the rest of the album. You would think a song featuring two of the biggest acts of the 80s would get more attention. But the track couldn’t really compete with massive singles “Like a Prayer” and “Dear Jessie.”

“Creep” – Radiohead

You don’t expect someone like Prince to do too many covers, especially considering how many hits he has in his catalog. But during his headlining set at 2008 Coachella, he pulled out a number of them. He played The Beatles’ “Come Together,” Santana’s “Soul Sacrifice,” The B-52’s “Rock Lobster,” and Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel.” But the most talked about moment was his blazing cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” Though the elements of the original are there, he turns the track into something completely his own. When he pulls out the extended solos and falsetto vocals, it doesn’t even sound like the same song. It’s amazing to listen to especially since he never played any of the band’s songs before. But of course, Prince wasn’t happy when footage of the cover went live online. He ordered the video to be taken down, which Radiohead reverted since it’s their own song.

“Waiting Room” – No Doubt + Prince

This is another unexpected Prince collaboration. Found on No Doubt’s Rock Steady, it’s got a bit of groove, it’s kind of soulful with a dash of synth and pop. Thanks to Prince’s work on the track, it sounds nothing like the band’s previous or later material. Apparently, Prince agreed to work on the track as a favor to the band since Gwen Stefani appeared on his track “So Far, So Pleased.” They sent him the track and he completely rewrote it. His influence can be heard all over the song. If it wasn’t for Stefani’s lead vocals, you would swear it’s a Prince song. It’s one of the weirder, yet satisfying options from No Doubt’s 2001 album.

“Best of You” – Foo Fighters

Prince’s 2007 Super Bowl Half-Time performance was the first time I realized just how versatile and insanely talented he was. We know how hard Prince rock’s his own material, but not too many other songs. That changed when he busted out renditions of “Proud Mary,” “All Along the Watch Tower,” and Foo Fighter‘s “Best of You.” You wouldn’t expect to hear falsetto shrills in a Foo Fighters song, but Prince truly made that track along with the others he featured all his own. He infused them with his attitude, flair, and a healthy dose of soul like no one else ever could. Though some people didn’t think he was worthy of handling the show, his performance is still hailed as one of the best in Superbowl history. Watching it now, it still gives you chills, especially when he busts out “Purple Rain” during an epic downpour.

“A Love Bizzare” – Shelia E + Prince

Prince was so unique and had a style unlike any other that his essence pours out of every song he writes. This duet with his protégé Shelia E, features the Purple One on background vocals and on bass. But even though Shelia E is the focus of the song, it’s undeniably a Prince song. With its upbeat funky groove, irresistible hook, and sultry lyrics it could’ve come from any of his albums. Though his contribution is kind of downplayed on the studio version, the live version has his flamboyance all over it. Like so many of his tracks, this one is fun, energetic, and sexy. Then again, what Prince song isn’t sexy?

“Every Day is a Winding Road” Sheryl Crow + Prince

Any artist collaborating with Prince should know once he makes an appearance, he steals the show. That’s what happened during this live collaboration with Sheryl Crow. The two performed a hard-edge version of her hit “Every Day is a Winding Road.” Prince does backup vocals and shreds away on his iconic guitar. Shortly after this performance, Prince recorded his own version of the track for this 1999 album Rav Un2 The Joy Fantastic. If you’re lucky enough to find this version, you’ll find a completely different song. It’s funky, slinky, and downright sexy, which you don’t expect from a Crow song. It’s soulful and makes you want to dance. The cover is so good, Crow should hand it over to Prince to be rightfully his. On the same album, the two collaborate on the track “Baby Knows,” which has this cool rock, funk swing to it. If you want to hear it, you better pick up the record; they’re impossible to find online.

“Why Should I Love You?” – Kate Bush + Prince

Kate Bush is an iconic figure in alt rock. Her music is often dreamy, otherworldly, and elegant. So it’s a bit unexpected to learn she worked with Prince. The song, which appeared on her comeback album The Red Shoes, starts out with an air of whimsy and airy and quickly turns into a Prince jam. Seems to be the usual pattern with Prince collaborations. Apparently, Bush sent him the track back in 1991 so he could add background vocals. He not only added vocals but a lot of instrumentation. Since it sounded so different, Bush wasn’t sure what to do with it. They worked on it for two years trying to make it fit Bush’s sound. Clearly, it didn’t work.

“A Case of You” – Joni Mitchell

Prince is known for his sexy, funky style, but on this Joni Mitchell, we get to hear a different side. While it still has an air of sensuality, the track is absolutely gorgeous. It’s an intimate moment with Prince and a piano that’s unforgettable. Hearing his soaring falsetto vocals and the classy tinkling piano keys leave you in awe. We all know Prince was such an amazing guitar player, it’s often easy to forget what a versatile musician he was. This cover shows the beauty and elegance he could add to songs, whether they were his or not. This version is a stark difference from Mitchell’s original folk stylings.

“Love is a Losing Game” – Amy Winehouse + Prince

This haunting and somber track from Amy Winehouse’s final album Back to Black, received the Prince treatment several times live. Footage of this is difficult to find, but luckily, the two eventually teamed up for a powerful rendition of the song. Winehouse joined Prince onstage in 2007 during his final show at London’s O2 Arena. He leaves her to take care of the vocals while he tears it up on guitar. In case you forgot what a badass he is on guitar, you’re quickly reminded on this track. It’s an unforgettable collaboration, though you can’t help but feel a little sad since both musicians passed on unexpectedly.

“Honky Tonk Woman” – Rolling Stones

Prince started performing this song live in 1993, but his version was never officially released. Previously, it could only be found on the Japanese version of The Undertaker. The cover received a wider release when Warner Bros. shared rehearsal footage of Prince performing the track shortly after his death. He turns the song into a scorching number with meaty guitars and a bad ass solo. If you needed more proof of what a genius Prince was at playing guitar, just watch this video where he shreds away with an “I make this look good” look on his face.

“Give Em What they Love” – Janelle Monae + Prince

Prince doesn’t easily hand out compliments and didn’t hide it when he didn’t like someone. But he did admire Janelle Monae, who looked up to him. Luckily, the two worked together for this track from Monae’s second album, The Electric Lady. Not only does Prince play guitar, he also provides co-lead vocals on the track. The song is already is already hot with Monae’s passionate vocals and seductive demeanor. But having Prince sing his signature falsetto makes the track even sexier. Plus, it’s funny to hear Prince utter the term “chicken head.” It’s funky, has a healthy dose of attitude, and makes you feel sexy as hell.

“One of Us” – Joan Osbourne

Prince covered Osbourne’s sole hit for his 1996 album, Emancipation and played it live in concert. With this track, he takes you to church. His soulful delivery, cries for the crowd to join him, and his passionate singing makes it feel like you’re in the middle of a sermon. You want to close your eyes, sway your arm in the air, and shout “preach!” as he’s singing. While there’s nothing wrong with the original, Prince’s version is superior especially with the fiery guitar solo that gives it an extra edge. He even uses the track to take a dig at his former label, Warner Bros. by changing the line “Just a slob like one of us” to “Just a slave like one of us.” This shows if Prince had a problem with you, he’d let you know it in the sassiest way.

“Shhh” – Tevin Campbell

There’s no question about it; Prince was a sexy mother. Just about everything he did dripped with sex. He does the impossible on this Tevin Campbell cover; inject a song that’s about getting in on and make it 100 times dirtier. No, he doesn’t change any lyrics or anything like that. It’s all in his over the top delivery. Hearing his falsetto cries of pleasure you’d swear he was having sex while recording the song. If that wasn’t enough to get you hot and bothered, the blazing guitar solo will do the trick. He takes a typical 90s slow jam and turns it into a sex romp. Only Prince could somehow make a sexy song even sexier.

“Crimson and Clover” – Tommy James and the Shondells 

If you thought Joan Jett made this song rock, you haven’t heard Prince’s version. For the most part, it’s a straightforward cover with Prince being playfully coy during the breakdown of “I think I love you” and blowing kisses into the mic. It’s not until the solo where he makes this song sizzle. In case you needed a reminder what an awesome guitar player he was, Prince make sure you remember with this performance. He makes the guitar burn and blaze like he’s Jimi Hendrix. It leaves you stunned the way he makes the guitar whine, scream, and trill. The cover appeared on his album LOtUSFLOW3R, but it’s his performance of the track on Ellen that gets a nod here.

Which ones of these Prince covers/duets is your favorite? Which ones did I miss? Let me know in the comments!



Playlist: Summer Lovin’

Summer is practically here! It’s time for sun, sitting by the pool, and lazing on the beach. It’s also a time for summer romance. Sometimes you go out of town or somewhere new and someone catches your eye. You either date for the season or you just want some fun for a night. These things can be complicated full of regrets or long lasting feelings. Other times you don’t think twice about it and ready to move on. No matter what your feelings are on the situation, musicans have been there. These songs are about fleeting romances, sexy one nighters, and even some regrets. Check out these songs about summer love. And in case you missed it check out last month’s playlist on the best remixes.

“Summer Love” – Justin Timberlake

Everything about this song from JT’s second album is made for summer: it has a killer beat, an irresistible rhythm, and an unforgettable hook. But let’s not forget the lyrics where Timberlake thinks he’s falling in love and hopes this fling will go beyond the summer. It’s an anthem for those who have met someone and wanted there to be something more, but knew deep down it would be over as soon as fall hit. Whether you can relate to the singer or you just dig the catchy track, this is one to add to your summer playlist.

“Summer Hair = Forever Young” – The Academy Is…

Ah, this one takes me back to high school. Though this song may not exclusively about summer flings, the lyrics can still be applied to the situation. Frontman William Beckett sings about partying and chasing “summer girls” and falling for one in particular. He then goes on to say he wants the moment to last forever and never wanting to let his mate go. It could be real love, but there’s a better chance that it’s naive optimism and wanting to make a fleeting moment last. Whatever it’s about, it’s still upbeat and catchy enough to put on for those throwback summer parties.

“This Summer” – Maroon 5

Some summer flings are good, others are damning. This is one of those it’s so bad, but so fucking good situations. Everyone’s favorite hot douche bag Adam Levine sings about the latest hot girl of the week and how he wants to get with her. At the same time he realizes she’s not that smart, she only cares about “fancy things,” and may even have a drug habit. He knows he needs to stay away from her, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want her body. It’s one of those toxic relationships; you know you need to leave the person alone but something about them keeps bringing you back. And if TV and movies taught me anything it’s that most fling are of this nature. You wanna hook up with the bad boy, the naughty girl, the person that lives on the edge because sometimes danger is damn sexy.

“Little Red Corvette” – Prince

There’s no doubt that Prince was the master of sex. Most of his catalog is filled with songs about doing the deed, including this one. But here Prince talks about someone who is used to “makin’ out once/love and leave em fast.” It’s another one of those toxic relationships: Prince knows this person isn’t looking for anything serious and even mentions having “a pocket full of horses” and some of them were used. For once the singer seems apprehensive about the act as he tells the person they’re going too fast. So, if it’s about a one night stand why is the song named after a car? The song was inspired by a time Prince fell asleep in band member Lisa Coleman’s Mercury Montclair Marauder. And you thought he was singing about a car this entire time.

“Fuck and Run” – Liz Phair

Guys aren’t the only ones that can dish about one night stands. On this track from Phair’s critically acclaimed Exile in Guyville, the singer starts this track waking up in a place she doesn’t recognize. She then laments how she didn’t want this to happen again and how she wants a boyfriend. Eventually some comes to the conclusion she’ll spend another year alone because she can’t seem to escape from the fuck and run cycle. It’s a simple, straightforward song about the awkwardness of one night stands. Instead of being shy and coy about, she dives right in. She may have some regrets, but she doesn’t judge her behavior as smutty. It’s just one of those situations she’s tired of finding herself in.

“Tired of Sex” – Weezer

Not being tied down sounds like a ideal situation for some, but Rivers Cuomo doesn’t find any pleasure in it as he laments about it in this song. He starts by singing “I’m tired of sex” followed by an exhaustive list of girls he’s been bouncing between. Cuomo sounds bored and fed up with having so many flings and wonders why he can’t “be making love come true?” It’s a great alternative rock song showing how even sex can be too much of a good thing. It’s kind of funny in a self-deprecating kind of way.

“One Night Stand” – The Pipettes

There always seems to be unwanted consequences when a one night stand is involved as British indie group The Pipettes explain in this song. Rather than trying to fool themselves into thinking it’s something more, the girls know the night of passion is nothing but a fling. They spend the brief song telling some poor sap they don’t love them and telling them to realize it was just a one night thing. It’s a brief, upbeat poppy song that’s in the style of doo wop groups of the 50’s. It’s blunt, straight to the point, and pretty quick kind of like a one night stand.

“I Just Want Something to Do” – The Ramones

Even punks get lonely as this song shows. This track starts out with the legendary punks eating chicken and being bored, looking for anything to kill the time. What better way to make the time pass than some casual sex? Joey Ramone doesn’t try to hide what he’s after. He makes it clear he wants to be with someone just for the night so he doesn’t have to spend it all by himself. The video even features fans and groupies throwing themselves at Joey’s feet. And that’s pretty much it. Like their other songs it’s punchy, catchy, and simple punk rock.

“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk

Hope you’re not sick of this song. The Daft Punk track practically took over music when it was released in 2013 for good reason: it’s so damn funky. The music is infectious and Pharrell’s slick vocals about staying up all not to “get lucky” are catchy and memorable. Though the singer has stated the song doesn’t only refer to the act of sex, that’s the first thing you think of especially with the hook proclaiming “we’re up all night to get lucky.” Unlike most of the songs on the playlist, this one doesn’t think about the morning after or trying to make a fling last. Instead it focuses on having a good time and enjoying the moment. It’s hard not to loose yourself if you’re knocking boots to this song, though that would be a little weird.

“Wicked Games” – The Weeknd

The Weeknd isn’t shy when it comes to talking about love, sex, and drugs in his songs. For his debut single he addresses all three. This seductive track finds the singer healing a bad break up with drugs and causal sex. He says he wants to hear someone say “I love you” for just one night. And he’s not fooling himself since he says he knows it’s not true. He just wants something to give him a little confidence and to make the pain go away. For a song that’s about having a fling with someone to get over a break up, the music sounds sexy as hell as if it’s made to get busy to. But then again that can describe most of his music.

“I’m a Loner Dottie, a Rebel” – The Get Up Kids

This song is about that awkward moment when you have to sneak out from your one night tryst. There’s no intense drama, long lasting feelings, or even passion here. Instead, it’s about a guy leaving before the other person wakes up and maybe calling them on the way home. He wants to make an exit to make it clear the relationship doesn’t go beyond one night. It seems even the Get Up Kids know summer is a prime time for one night stands as they reference it in the line “one summer night’s the only time we’ve know.” It’s kind of a melancholy song, which you would expect from rock/emo band like The Get Up Kids.

“One Night Stand” – Janis Joplin

Sometimes there are no feelings tired whatsoever to a fling. That’s how Janis Joplin comes off in this cheeky song. There’s no question what this song is about. Joplin talks about arriving in another faceless town and finding someone to cure her loneliness. She makes her intentions clear with the first line of the chorus “Don’t you know that you’re nothin’ more than a one night stand?” But unlike most songs here, Joplin isn’t thinking about the consequences or the next morning. She wants nothing but a one night stand and if you don’t feel the same, well it’s time to get packin.’ Joplin just wants a good time, if she has any regrets or doubts, she can think about them tomorrow.

“Our Last Summer” – ABBA

The playlist ends with a song not necessarily about a one night stand, but a fleeting summer romance. Swedish dance giants ABBA sing about traveling to Paris and finding love. Of course, as these relationships tend to go, things don’t last. It’s time to go home and a long distance relationship doesn’t seem possible. So you say goodbye to your summer love and what little time you spent together. It may have felt like forever, but it wasn’t meant to be. So, when you’re out on the beach and you think you’ve found that special someone, keep this song in mind and try not to get too entangled with your summer love. Or have a good time and save regrets for another time.

Which one of these summer love songs is your favorite? What would your Summer Lovin’ playlist look like? There are a ton of songs about one night stands out there, so which ones did I miss? Let me know in the comments.

Playlist: The Future’s So Bright…

It’s 2015 and according to Back the the Future 2, it means we’re in the future! Okay, so maybe we don’t have self fitting jackets and self-tying shoes (yet), but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Since 2015 is supposed to be the year when the Cubs win the world series and when food hydrators are readily available, lets take a look at some songs that celebrate and fear, what lies ahead.

“1999” – Prince








Let’s start things off with the definitive New Year’s song by Prince. Despite being an upbeat and fun party jam, the song is actually about an apocalyptic future that could end at any minute. Written at the height of the Regan administration when the U. S. stockpiled nuclear weapons, the song encourages future citizens to party the night away because come the year 2000 we won’t be here. It’s really easy to miss this bleak message what with the catchy chorus and the fact most people listen to it when they’re stone drunk.

“Futurism” – Muse

Muse are no strangers to writing about dystopian worlds, but they do it best on this Origin of Symmetry b-side. With violent guitars, throbbing bass, and pounding drums Matt Bellamy wails and screams about being “grounded” and “boxed in” as a commentary on an isolating society. Though Bellamy has the sweetest vocals, he knows how to paint a terrifying future. Recently, the band released footage from their 2013 tour of them playing the song live as a present to Musers.

“The Final Countdown” – Europe

The verdict is still out on whether this is really about the future, but it’s too good to leave off. No matter how much you hate the song or think hair metal sucks, you can’t help but get pumped and shout out the chorus whenever this plays. Everyone knows this, which is why it’s used for so many sporting events. Some think the song is about the Space Challenger explosion, while others are convinced it’s about escaping the earth. Whatever it’s about, it’s one of those guilty pleasure songs you hate to love.

“The Future Soon” – Jonathan Coulton

This classic from the nerdy singer/songwriter is about an awkward guy who can’t wait for the future where his strange quirks can get “engineered away” and he can finally meet (or build) the woman of his dreams. Just like most of Coulton’s songs, it’s quirky with a hint of sci-fi. Though it has really upbeat music, the type that makes you feel good when hearing it, it’s a pretty sad story that ends with a robot attack. A future that sounds both intriguing, yet scary.

“The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” – Timbuk3

With a fear of change and the unknown, it’s no surprise to learn most songs about the future have a grim outlook. It’s no different for this ’80s one hit wonder.  Even though it talks about getting good grades, getting a job, and all the makings for a promising future, the song is actually about a bright future being caused by a nuclear holocaust. Of course this went over everyone’s head and it was used many times as a graduation song. Strange indeed.

“Love in the Year 3000” – B-52’s

The eclectic band decides to focus on what love will be like in the future and it’s somewhat disturbing. With an uptempo dance beat and Fred Schinder’s distinct monotone voice, the lyrics talk about love robots, doing it in zero gravity, and “tentative tentacles.” It’s unsettling to think that would be desirable in the year 3000.  Maybe Japan knows more about the future than we think.

“Future World” – Helloween

Not all songs about the future deal with a broken society as Helloween shows. This song looks at finding your own future world full of peace, love, and understanding. It’s a surprisingly upbeat song about what lays ahead of us, especially for a band with “Hell” in their name.

“In the Future” – Sparks

This odd duo has one of the most upbeat and dancable songs about the future so far. With a rushing rhythm, twirling keys, and falsetto vocals that almost sound ridiculous, this track can’t wait for a future that’s full of fun, fun, fun and where you can apparently walk on air. The mood and vibe of the song is reminiscent of all the cliches of the futuristic world: hover cars, rockets boots, and anything else from The Jetsons. As singer Russell Mael puts it in the last verse “convenience and pleasure, blended together.” We’ll keep that in mind as we patiently wait for our hover boards.

“Imagine” – A Perfect Circle

This is more of an anti-war song than it is about the future, but I decided to include here because it does look forward to a world where there isn’t any war, hunger, religion, or fighting. Originally written by John Lennon, the message of this track is peace and global harmony , something we should work on for the future society.  Though Lennon’s version is timeless, I’ve always preferred A Perfect Circle‘s cover, which adds a hint of gloom and darkness to the otherwise hopeful track.

“Down in the Park” – Gary Numan

Gary Numan is considered a pioneer in electronic music and plenty of his songs could’ve been on this playlist, but this one paints such a bleak future world it’s hard to ignore. The song tells the story of a park where Machman, androids with human skin, meet to rape and kill humans for their entertainment. As if that wasn’t disturbing enough, Numan’s robotic voice and nonchalant manner when singing “You can watch the humans
Trying to run/Oh, look, there’s a rape machine/I’d go outside if it looks the other way/You wouldn’t believe/The things they do” makes this a future you want to avoid at all costs.

 “Big Brother” – David Bowie

Inspired by George Orwell’s 1984, this track reflects on the ending of the novel where protagonist Winston Smith is fully brainwashed and now loves Big Brother. Even though at the end Bowie sings “We want you, Big Brother” it comes off as unsettling that you know something isn’t right. The song was actually written for a never-produced musical based on the Orwell novel. Seeing as how everything is being turned into a musical now it might happen soon.

1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) – Eurythmics

This is cheating a little bit, but with the entire album based on Orwell’s novel it’s hard to pick just one song. It’s actually the soundtrack for the movie that came out in, what a surprise, 1984. Though most of the album is instrumental, key tracks like “Sexcrime” and “I Did Just the Same” have lyrics that refer to specific passages in the book. An interesting fact about the music is director Michael Radford didn’t like the band and had already commissioned an orchestra to do the musical score. As a result there are two versions of the film: one featuring the Eurythmics’ soundtrack and the director’s cut with the orchestral score.

I know there are plenty of songs I missed, but you can help me out. What are some of your favorite songs about the future? Let me know in the comments.

Mini Music Movie Review: Purple Rain (1984)


Before I sat down to watch this movie, I heard so many people, even non-Prince fans, rave about how great it was. This baffled me because others around me mocked it for how bad it was. When it came to Netflix streaming, I decided to find out what all the hype was about and I finally understood. Purple Rain is a great movie because it’s laughably bad. Prince, like most musicians, can’t act! And the story is so ridiculous and contrived you can’t help to question what it going on, while getting sucked in by it at the same time.

If you’re not a fan of Prince, I would suggest skipping past the numerous performances that occur throughout the film. I just about skipped all of them except for “Darling Nikki” where he gyrates, screams, and thrusts furiously through the song. It’s one of those things that’s so bad you have to watch it. Though I did enjoy his performance of “Let’s Get Crazy;” it’s one of those fun, energizing songs from the 80’s. But Prince graciously shares the stage with his associated act Morris Day and the Time, who are also his rivals in the film. It’s at this point that I should mention that Prince is not playing himself. Rather, he plays aspiring singer “The Kid.” Yes, it’s pretty much Prince with yet another name.

As I mentioned before Prince can’t act, even when he’s playing basically himself. He’s either flat and emotionless or he over acts. One of my favorite scenes is when he returns to his house, where his father has yet again abused his mother. He gets in a fight with him, tells him off, and proceeds to have a hissy fit in his room. I understand he’s trying to be tough, but that’s not the first image that comes to mind when you think of the singer. Rather than being disturbed or feeling sorry for “The Kid” while he’s tearing up his room, you laugh through the entire scene. The way he forces emotion out of him is enough to make you roll your eyes and groan. Sometimes it barely seems like he’s trying to act.

If you’re a fan of bad movies, ridiculous 80’s costumes, and flat acting then by all means watch this film. I personally find it hilarious. There are one too many performance scenes and it does run a little long for my taste, but otherwise it’s a fun movie to watch, especially with friends. It’s one of those movies you have to see at once just to understand why people seem to like it so much. Unfortunately, the film did spawn a sequel Graffiti Bridge, which no one asked for or seems to like. It doesn’t seem as interesting or fun as Purple Rain, so I would steer clear of it.