Dearly beloved. We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. Electric word life. It means forever and that’s a mighty long time but I’m here to tell you there’s something else. The afterworld. A world of never ending happiness, you can always see the sun, day or night. So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills—You know the one – Dr Everything’ll Be Alright. Instead of asking him how much of your time is left. Ask him how much of your mind, baby ’cause in this life, things are much harder than in the afterworld. In this life—you’re on your own.
Look me in the eyes with a straight face and try telling me that’s not the sweetest spoken intro to a pop song, ever.
Let’s Go Crazy kicked off everything for Prince and his historic Purple Rain. It was the first track on the album and the first track from the movie. That’s for good reason. After the spoken eulogy of sorts on the track concludes, the vibe instantaneously goes from melancholy to must hop around and dance. In fact, not feeling good and dancing isn’t a legal option when playing this. It’s a scrumptious piece of pop rock and funk pie you can’t get enough of.
Let’s Go Crazy is far from his most critically acclaimed work but for me really personified how generationally gifted Prince was—able to masterfully blend pop, rock, funk and God only knows what else into his music, which ranged from gospel to downright perverted at times.
And let us not forget that aside from impressively skilled vocalist, Prince was nearly incomparable in the guitar playing skills department. He demonstrates the pageantry of his craft with a lengthy solo in this song.
Let’s Go Crazy is literally a non-stop musical party. To quote Chris Jericho, drink it in man.
Chart Success: To no surprise Let’s Go Crazy went all the way to number-one on the Billboard Hot 100. It stayed there for two weeks before getting overtaken by Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You.” It stayed on the charts for 21 weeks and finished 1984 ranked 21st on the year-end Billboard Hot 100.
Great Lyrics: I’ve personally never seen a purple banana before but who I am to question Prince?
“Let’s go crazy
Let’s get nuts
Let’s look for the purple banana
‘Til they put us in the truck, let’s go!
We’re all excited
But we don’t know why
Maybe it’s cause
We’re all gonna die
And when we do (When we do)
What’s it all for (What’s it all for)
U better live now
Before the grim reaper come knocking on your door”
Fun Facts: Shortly after Prince died, fans of the Minnesota Wild NHL team pushed to have Let’s Go Crazy become the new celebration song played at the arena following a goal from the home team. It was a great tribute to Prince, a native of Minnesota. It replaced Crowd Chant by Joe Satriani (whoever that is). Home state sentiments aside, Let’s Go Crazy feels like it was made to be blasted at arena sporting events.
100. Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)
99. Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgetting
97. The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Does Is Magic
96. Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
94. Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
93. Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
92. Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes
89. Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
87. Debbie Gibson – Foolish Beat
86. Glen Mederios – Nothing’s Going To Change My Love For You
85. John Cougar – Jack and Diane
81. Billy Squier – Everybody Wants You
79. Shelia E. – The Glamorous Life
77. Whitney Houston – Greatest Love Of All
76. Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say Say Say
75. Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)
74. Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It
73. Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie
72. The Police – Every Breathe You Take
71. Survivor – The Search Is Over
70. REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You
68. Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel
67. Kenny Loggins – Meet Me Halfway
66. Irene Cara – Flashdance…What A Feeling
65. Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
64. Phil Collins – One More Night
63. Europe – The Final Countdown
62. Patrick Swazye – She’s Like The Wind
61. Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride
60. Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
59. Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
58. Huey Lewis & The News – Power Of Love
55. Styx – Too Much Time On My Hands
53. Olivia Newton John – Physical
49. Marvin Gaye- Sexual Healing
48. Huey Lewis & The News – Do You Believe In Love
44. New Edition – Mr. Telephone Man
43. Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
42. Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
41. Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
39. Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark
38. Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
37. Christopher Cross – Sailing
34. Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
33. Pat Benatar – Love Is A Battlefield
32. USA For Africa- We Are The World
30. Kenny Loggins – I’m Free (Heaven Helps The Man)
29. Dexys Midnite Runners – Come On Eileen
28. J. Geils Band – Centerfold
27. Hall & Oates – Private Eyes
24. Men At Work – Who Can It Be Now
23. Eddie Murphy – Party All The Time
22. Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
21. Don Henley – Dirty Laundry
20. Scorpions – Still Loving You
19. Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
18. Billy Vera – At This Moment
17. Phil Collins/Philip Bailey – Easy Lover
16. Tommy Tutone – 867-5309/Jenny