“He wanted something that could be his version of ‘A Hard Day’s Night. Sort of an exaggerated version of his own life story.” - Wendy Melvoin (Prince's guitarist).
"Prince took the bass out and he said, 'There's nobody that's going to have the guts to do this.' And he was smiling from ear to ear. He felt this was the best and he knew he had a hit song... so he decided to do something really daring. That's what Prince was all about." - Peggy McCreary (Prince's engineer).
“Nobody believed that this was going to be such a catalyst for the kind of success that it had. To be able to do something that’s that experimental and that bold, and have it be that popular and connect that universally, it’s just unbelievable. It takes an artist of that magnitude to be able to pull that off.” - Alan Light