On this day in 1984, the film that elevated Prince in the pop-culture firmament from above-average R&B singer-songwriter to, well, Prince, premiered in Hollywood. Purple Rain was a box-office hit, while the soundtrack went on to win an Oscar for Original Song Score and become one of the biggest-selling albums of the 1980s.
Purple Rain has long been one of Rocks Off's favorite music movies, for two very different reasons. First, there's the music. Prince & the Revolution's songs ("Let's Go Crazy," "Take Me With U," "Darling Nikki") rank among our favorites in the diminutive Purple One's funk-rock/erotic-pop catalog, but there's also two killer cuts from Morris Day & the Time, "Jungle Love" and "The Bird," and even Apollonia 6's "Sex Shooter," which was nominated for a Razzie for Worst Original Song around the same time the rest of the soundtrack was competing for an Oscar.