BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff Harris

On this day in music history: September 29, 1984 - “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince & The Revolution hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on October 6th. Written and produced by Prince, it will be second consecutive chart topping single for the Minneapolis, MN born artist. Issued as the second single from the “Purple Rain” soundtrack, the song is heard over the opening sequence of the film. The basic track is recorded live at Prince’s rehearsal space “The Warehouse” in St. Louis Park, MN in the Summer of 1983, after Prince asks recording engineer Susan Rogers to pull out all of the recording equipment out of his home studio, and install it in the band’s rehearsal space. Recorded in the large open space without any separation between instruments and electrical interference from other sources in the building, the band will get the master take of “Crazy”. Additional overdubs and final mixing for “Let’s Go Crazy” are completed at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA. Both the 45 and 12” single versions of “Let’s Go Crazy” are backed with the non-LP B-side “Erotic City (Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive)” featuring Sheila E.. Prince will be inspired to write and record “Erotic City” after seeing Parliament/Funkadelic perform live at the Beverly Theatre in Los Angeles. Going right to Sunset Sound after the show, he will lay down all of the instrumental tracks by himself, then inviting Sheila to sing with him on the song. The track will quickly become a fan favorite and receive substantial radio airplay, in spite of the fact that the word “f*** is heard throughout. Though Warner Bros. will claim that “funk” is what is being said, which later turns out not to be true. Stations now playing the record air a censored version deleting the expletive from the song. Issued as the follow up to the mega smash “When Doves Cry” on July 18, 1984, nine days before the opening of “Purple Rain” in US theaters, it will quickly surge up the charts. Entering the Hot 100 at #45 on August 8, 1984, it will climb to the top of the chart eight weeks later. “Let’s Go Crazy” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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