On this DAY, October 27th 1982, Prince release the EPIC album, ‘1999’. This mark Prince’s fifth album, and the first to feature his band the Revolution. It was released by Warner Bros. Records. 1999 was Prince’s breakthrough album, but his next album, Purple Rain, would become his most successful. The title track was a protest against nuclear proliferation and became his first top ten hit in countries outside the United States. The album was his first top ten album on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States (peaking at number 9, besting that peak at number 7 after his death in 2016) and became the fifth best-selling album of 1983 overall, eventually being certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA.
1999 received widespread acclaim from critics. The album’s critical and commercial success secured Prince a place in the public psyche, and marked the beginning of two years of heightened fame via massively successful tours, hit singles and a Hollywood movie. According to the Rolling Stone Album Guide, “1999 may be Prince’s most influential album: Its synth-and-drum machine-heavy arrangements codified the Minneapolis sound that loomed over mid-’80s R&B and pop, not to mention the next two decades’ worth of electro, house, and techno.”
In 2003, the TV network VH1 placed 1999 49th in its list of the greatest albums of all time. The album was also part of Slant Magazine’s list “The 50 Most Essential Pop Albums” and the magazine listed the album at #8 on its list of “Best Albums of the 1980s”.
I must confess that when me and my OLDER brother were home alone and my Mom told us to CLEAN UP the house while she was away, my brother would BLAST this over this OLD ASS stereo we had in our living room. We used to PRETEND to be Prince and the Revolution! Our childhood was LIT!!!
Thank you PRINCE for all the MUSIC!