Computer Blue (3:59)

Cover of Purple Rain

From Purple Rain and 4 other releases

“Computer Blue” is the fourth track on Prince and the Revolution’s soundtrack album Purple Rain. In the film, the song represents Prince’s angst at the budding relationship between the characters played by Morris Day and Apollonia Kotero. The song was composed by Prince, with credit to his father, John L. Nelson for the guitar solo based on an untitled piano piece by Nelson. Prince titled the piece “Father’s Song” and recorded it on piano for the film, though on screen it was portrayed as being played by Prince’s on-screen father, actor Clarence Williams III.

“Computer Blue” was originally recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles in early September 1983. Prince along with Wendy and Lisa and sound engineer Susan Rogers set about recording what would later end up being placed on the album Purple Rain, albeit in a very heavily edited form.

The song begins with spoken lyrics by Wendy and Lisa which suggest a dominatrix-type relationship. The song then becomes a very guitar-oriented number with rock music screams. The released version only has one verse. The version of the song that debuted at the First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, Minnesota had a second verse, as did the song as it was originally recorded.

Originally conceived as a 14-minute opus, “Computer Blue” would later be edited down several times for inclusion on Purple Rain; the song was edited from a fully mastered 7:30 down to its current length when “Take Me With U” was added to the album at the last minute.


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  • lukasz_pulawski

    One of his best!

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • kissmylips22

    Extended version please

    25 Mar 2014 Reply
  • kissmylips22

    The long verion of this is off the hook. Poor lonely computer :-)

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
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    16 May 2013 Reply
  • jinglynnbabee

    I can see the look on the faces of those in the crowd at 'The Avenue' --- pricesless! LOL! <3

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • SomeAreDead

    I think they are just enthusiastic plumbers installing a hot tub in an old peoples retirement home. The male vocal is a confused older gentleman. It's set in the near future when we all live in pods and eat cubed fish

    19 Sep 2012 Reply
  • c21clemon

    I am a TRUE FAN!!!

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ravenpryde

    the 11minute version is where it's really at

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    Wendy and Lisa are two HOT Lesbians

    12 Aug 2011 Reply
  • emeralzluv

    Work it Prince

    25 Jul 2011 Reply
  • AKidCharlemagne

    Yes, Lisa.

    14 Jul 2011 Reply
  • randolph4772

    Ridiculous. Love this whole moment/track in Purple Rain, and the guitar solo is shockingly good...

    8 May 2011 Reply
  • d1esel6

    i live for the "guitar" solo break in the middle...

    24 Mar 2011 Reply
  • PurpleAfropuffs

    Someone needs to upload the long version of this song. People really need to hear it. :-)

    3 Feb 2011 Reply
  • shedonist

    Where is my love life :'(

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • luckylollyme

    "There must be something wrong with the machinery" great...

    20 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Sky-Japonaise

    Impossible to decide on a favorite part of this song. Wendy/Lisa intro or guitar solo, or the synths post-guitar solo that wash over you..... (2)

    8 Jan 2011 Reply
  • modernaire

    Impossible to decide on a favorite part of this song. Wendy/Lisa intro or guitar solo, or the synths post-guitar solo that wash over you...this shit is pretty great.

    8 Jan 2011 Reply
  • thebroadcast

    Until ?!?!?! 2000 what ? The world didn't end ! :-) My computer has been blue for too long ! Just want her extra time, Kiss & the after world when it's time. ~ x

    5 Dec 2010 Reply
  • asegura9876

    great track!!

    23 Nov 2010 Reply
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