The secrets behind Prince's tone on Let's Go Crazy

American singer Prince (1958-2016) performs onstage during the 1984 Purple Rain Tour on November 4, 1984, at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
(Image credit: Ross Marino/Getty Images)

The 1984 film Purple Rain turned Prince into a superstar, although the accompanying album and the strength of the material within also played a big role in his ascension to new heights of fame.

One of the most enduring songs from that album is the opening track, Let’s Go Crazy, which blended heavy electric guitar riffs with new wave synths and drum machines and a dose of funk to deliver a massive hit with irresistible crossover appeal.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.