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“Raspberry Beret” is the first US (and second UK) single from Prince and The Revolution’s 1985 album, Around the World in a Day, released on 15 May 1985. The sound was completely different from any previous Prince track, incorporating Middle-Eastern finger-cymbals, stringed instruments, and even a harmonica on the extended version. The song was also more in the pop vein than ever before, though the 12-inch single and video of the song feature a funky intro. Although the song was originally recorded in 1982, Prince drastically reworked it with The Revolution to give it more of an international sound. The string section was: Novi Novog on violin, Suzi Katayama and David Coleman on cello. Wendy and Lisa provided backing vocals, and the rest of the song was performed by Prince. The song tells of a teenage romance and first sexual experience with a girl who wears the titular hat. The video for the song - Prince’s first since his short-lived “ban” on music videos - was also significant, displaying Prince’s new short haircut, and The Revolution vaguely resembling Gypsies or hippies. The song quickly became a fan favorite, and a staple in nearly every Prince tour. The extended version was included on Ultimate in 2006. While this song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, it only reached #25 on the UK Singles Chart.

The US B-side, “She’s Always In My Hair”, is a rock and roll number, with guitar and organs and emotional lyrics screamed toward the end. Years later, the song would finally be performed live, much to the delight of long-time fans. Ironically this song is also said to be about Susan Moonsie but a glimpse of Prince’s feelings towards the end of their relationship.

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  • Farmmonkey

    love it.

    14 Mar 8:39pm Reply
  • supermediadave

    What I'm hearing is not "Raspberry Beret". It's nice though.

    27 Jun 2014 Reply
  • AirShaman

    This is my favourite Prince and the Revolutions song, and perhaps also my favourite song with violins in it...because the violins add so much to it, as does the female voice in this song^^...

    21 Mar 2014 Reply
  • kissmylips22

    She come in thru the out door!!!

    9 Jan 2014 Reply
  • benmalmesbury

    Yep, this is a rotten live version, where you can't even hear the audience singing. Make better choices, Last FM!

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • rmbaden

    MJRocker you are not alone. I thought it was raspberry parfait.

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • jinglynnbabee

    G.O.A.T. - new live version i haven't heard before... wish i was there :O)

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • valplayer

    excellent titre

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • MJRocker1987

    I always thought "raspberry beret" was "where's miracle rain". LOL! The things kids hear.

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • Farmmonkey

    when prince WAS prince and his music.

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • tripodthunder

    I want to know more about Mr. McGee... lol

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • strutterf

    very baroque

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • strutterf

    great song

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • GUNNARRAMBO1986

    I luv this fuckin song its so mutha fuckin damn bitchin awsome

    14 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ohh1972

    Still such a good, fun song. I like the live version, too.

    27 Mar 2012 Reply
  • jelene

    nice live, but i'd rather not have to listen to the audience singing. great when you are THERE but it doesn't come across well listening through speakers.

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • MzJazzyBaby

    Prince just knows how to write a good damn song!!! ***Jamming***

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • wetwillies

    this song is perfect in quite a few ways. prince is the fuckin man

    11 Feb 2012 Reply
  • dany_hplover

    Addictive!

    16 Dec 2010 Reply
  • RyFryy

    This song flat out rules.

    29 Nov 2010 Reply
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