memories of the ’80s – Purple Rain

All things pop culture collided with the release of Purple Rain starring Prince – drama, style and music.

Produced and written by Albert Magnoli, the film was created to showcase the unique talents of Prince in his debut film. Extended concert sequences and plenty of high drama and unique fashion made this film a memorable release in 1984.

For those of us who didn’t know Prince and the Revolution, the soundtrack album was their sixth album, released a few weeks ahead in June 1984, before the film’s release in July.

With the two single When Doves Cry and Let’s Go Crazy, the album was one of the bestselling of the year and of the decade, racking up 10 million album sales.

The film centers on The Kid, a Minneapolis musician who with his band The Revolution is fighting to stay in their main club, thanks to a heated rivalry with Morris Day and The Time.

Toss in the female element of Apollonia a sexy sultry singer, band members Lisa and Wendy wanting to showcase their talent and the stressful homelife of The Kid, whose parents are on the edge, this film was a melodramatic view of a young man trying to make his way in the world.

Despite its overacting, music video sequences and over the top performances, young movie goers flocked to see the film, which in the end grossed close to $70 million at the box office and garnered Prince an Oscar for Best Original Song Score.

And its biggest impact – not just pop tunes that were endlessly played, but a new style for those club kids of the 1980s that encouraged young things to wear sexy lingerie layers with their club style and men to add a whole lot of layers to their tshirts and jeans.

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About Waheeda Harris

A pop culture junkie with a penchant for exploring our planet.
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