In life, Prince was too much for the internet. Streaming services and social media were too small for his cosmic talent. But now that he’s been gone for over a year, the internet may finally be able to accommodate him.
Earlier this week an official Prince page appeared on YouTube and now we can all bathe in the purple rain—or purify ourselves in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.
There are six videos, and they are all worth watching. The official music videos of “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and live concert footage are now online.
Of the six, only “When Doves Cry” comes close to being a real music video—”Let’s Go Crazy” is essentially the opening of the movie “Purple Rain” spliced with other scenes from the film.
We asked internet-crazed millennials who couldn’t experience him in full due to his network absence watch “When Doves Cry” and see if, after three decades, animals were still capable of curious poses.
The overwhelming response? Bathtub envy.
“If that were my bathroom, I wouldn’t want to share it with anyone,” a 27-year-old Brooklynite by way of Nashville said. “Leave me in that tub for days. Bring more bubbles and just let the delivery guy slide the pizza under the door.”
Four other millennials likewise yearned to live in that bathtub and just order Seamless from there for the rest of their lives.
Two millennials likened the aesthetic to playing dress up at Williamsburg thrift store Beacon’s Closet.
Another 20-something-year-old leaned into the video’s psychedelic nature, saying “it’s like being on shrooms and a drawing of one purple tear flashes in front of you.”
Watch the newly available Prince videos below.