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“Prince totally changed my life and my perception of music. Everything that The Beatles were, everything that punk was, he was that big. He was able to shock and surprise me, but at the same time he opened me up to so many different kinds of music.
“I believed in 1999 and I believed in Purple Rain, but when this album came out, everything turned upside-down for me. It’s when I truly recognized Prince as a genius for generations and generations. I never imagined that somebody could make a record so different from the previous one, but he did it.
“The song Pop Life is great – it’s so moving and it flows so well. And then there’s Raspberry Beret, which is just like all the music that I love rolled into one. The whole record is brilliant. And the album cover – it’s hand painted, really colorful and beautiful.
“When this record came out, I was working at a place on Long Island that recycled cans; it was this kind of my weird high school job. There was a fellow worker there who played music on his boom box, and one day the song Pop Life came on. I was like, ‘What the hell is this?’ I didn’t even realize it was Prince, but I just loved it. For some reason, it was a really nice way to be exposed to this album."