First Hit #1: September 21, 1984
Welcome to the church of Prince. We begin with pipe organs and the artist telling us all about the afterlife, which is a decidedly strange way to open a dance song. Let’s Go Crazy itself does have a certain kind of odd christian dance music vibe, but it’s all filtered through the mind of Prince, so it’s probably not quite what many religious leaders quite have in mind. There are references to a savior, the afterlife, everyone dying, but Prince’s idea of salvation involves mostly sex, drugs and rock and roll. It’s a church I can get behind, one that promises an eternal life to people who have as much fun as possible in this one, but it also accidentally gives the song a slightly grim vibe. Everyone’s going crazy because they’re all going to die, so why not. This happens more than once in Prince’s music, and the fatalistic joy is something that very few other artists attempt.
Also, this is one of the first songs since the ’50s that I have simply been unable to find on Youtube. The videos are there, but Prince or his record label has gone had all the audio versions of this song wiped from the site. I’m not going to embed one of the silent videos, because that’s silly.