“Let’s Go Crazy” is the opening track to Prince’s sixth studio album “Purple Rain”, as well as the opening track to the film of the same name. Written by Prince and produced by Prince and the Revolution, “Let’s Go Crazy” was a concert staple and one of Prince’s most popular songs.
“Let’s Go Crazy” opens with a funeral-like organ solo, with Prince providing an almost-eulogy for “this thing called life”. The track is thought to be urging listeners to follow Christian ethics, referring to the “de-elevator” as a metaphor for the devil.
The music video was released in 1984, but uploaded to YouTube in July 2017. Directed by Albert Magnoli, it features clips of the “Purple Rain” film, as well clips of Prince and the Revolution performing the song on stage. As of late May 2020, the video has 16.3 million views with 117 thousand likes.
Prince’s death in 2016 also signified a death within the music community, losing a legend far too soon. Rest in Peace, Prince Rogers Nelson.
Release Date: 18th July 1984
Producer/s: Prince and the Revolution
Label: Warner Bros
Music Video Release Date: 1984
Music Video Director: Albert Magnoli
Chart Rankings & Certifications: In its year of release, “Let’s Go Crazy” reached #10 on Australian charts, #11 in Belgium, #2 in Canada, #50 in France, #11 in the Netherlands, #13 in New Zealand, #7 in the UK, #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, and on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. “Let’s Go Crazy” also charted at #19 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock album. The track is certified Gold in the US.
The lyrics to “Let’s Go Crazy” can be accessed here: LINK