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“1999” is one of Prince’s best-known songs, and a defining moment in his rise to superstar status. The apocalyptic yet upbeat party anthem saw chart success in 1983, peaking at #12 in the US and #25 in the UK (reaching #2 in the UK when re-released in 1985). The album version of the song starts with a slowed-down voice, reassuring the listener “Don’t worry, I won’t hurt you. I only want you to have some fun. ” Prince shares lead vocals on the track with members of his band The Revolution, namely Dez Dickerson, Lisa Coleman and Jill Jones. Originally conceived to be a three-part harmony, it was later decided to separate out the voices that started each verse. The verse melody was reused by Prince (writing under the name “Christopher”) in the song “Manic Monday,” originally written for Apollonia 6’s eponymous 1984 album, but withdrawn at the last minute and eventually given to The Bangles. The synth chords inspired Phil Collins’ song “Sussudio” as well as Marillion’s “Incommunicado”.

The B-side, the piano ballad “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?”, became a fan favorite. It was covered first by Stephanie Mills, then by Alicia Keys and performed by Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila.

In 1985, “1999” was released as a 12” single in the U.S. with “Little Red Corvette” as the B-side, and “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?”/”D.M.S.R.” in the UK.

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I was dreamin' when I wrote this
Forgive me if it goes astray
But when I woke up this mornin'
Could of sworn it was judgment day

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  • ManDirky

    Such a retro-futuristic masterpiece of timeless 80s music!

    4 Jul 10:31pm Reply
  • retroguy

    Prince has more talent in his little finger than many of the "artists" putting out music today.

    22 May 9:22pm Reply
  • terrierlogic

    Wish it was the original and not this crappy remix!!

    10 Mar 3:25pm Reply
  • marjo47

    So eightees and good song.

    18 Feb 2:41pm Reply
  • mbatey

    "I was dreaming when I wrote this..." (followed the second time by "So sue me if I go too fast") has got to be a reference to the lyrics of 'Deacon Blues' by Steely Dan - "I cried when I wrote this song/Sue me if I play too long"

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    Not Surprising but this the first song i heard after the ball dropped in 1999..

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • valplayer

    excellent titre

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • juntafm

    what a load of piss where is the video? Sick to death of non video tracks on here or "pictures" or some cunt filming their hand playing guitar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Sort it out last fm fur fuks sake!!!

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • stuntcat

    "I was dreaming when I wrote this..." To me that opening line is so epic it deserves an award all it's own! x2!

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • belgarion_us

    Still has the power to make the people move! :)

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • JuniorMcCartney

    1999! I remember listening to this song for the first time, I almost had a heart attack!

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    I'm gonna party like it's 14 years ago..

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • jinglynnbabee

    G.O.A.T.

    29 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Mactele52

    Party hardy if you wanna party

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • cousinbull

    timeless

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • lioness28213

    G.O.A.T.

    1 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Batiste369

    "I was dreaming when I wrote this..." To me that opening line is so epic it deserves an award all it's own!

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • DonkeyKongJr13

    your mom's face

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • cousinbull

    alpha 10,1983

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • Vi_Nguyen1901

    Most exciting song ever made! I was very fortunate to see this live, it was the best thing ever, that funky riff drove the crowd all insane with joy.

    20 May 2012 Reply
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