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Little Red Corvette


Album 1999

Released in 1982 on the “1991” album, “Little Red Corvette” comes from a nap Prince had in band member Lisa Coleman’s 1964 pink Mercury Montclair Marauder after an all-nighter in a recording studio. The song uses cars as a metaphor for the woman in the song’s lack of sexual sincerity, with lines like “I guess I should’ve known by the way you parked your car sideways / That it wouldn’t last”. Prince also makes references to condom brand “Trojan” by stating: “I guess I must be dumb ‘cuz you had a pocket full of horses / Trojan and some of them used”, alluding that she had previous lovers before Prince because of the used condoms. Prince spends the song using the metaphor of a red Corvette for how fast this woman leaves men after she has slept with them, and urges her to slow down and to “move over, baby, gimme the keys / I’m gonna try and tame your little red love machine”, because she could end up getting hurt. The song provided a fresh and new outlook on gender perceptions and roles at the time – associating a more male personality with a female one.

The music video was shown in February 1983 and was Prince’s second music video shown MTV. Directed by Bryan Greenberg, the video features Prince on a stage bathed in a red light signing the song – almost like all his music videos, and has almost 12 million views.

Release Date: 9th February 1983

Songwriter/s: Prince

Producer/s: Prince

Music Video Release Date: February 1983

Music Video Director: Bryan Greenberg

Chart Rankings, Awards & Certifications: #108 on Rolling Stone’s list of “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, 153rd greatest song of all time as well as the 3rd best song of 1982 by “Acclaimed Music”.

Added by Tala Woods

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