"When Purple Rain came out, I was a DJ with guys on my block, playing block parties. That summer, the big thing was Run-D.M.C. -- Born in the USA, blah blah blah, the streets were playing "Sucker MCs" and "It's Like That." I remember "When Doves Cry" mixed into "It's Like That" perfectly, and even at a block party, when all we wanted to hear was hip-hop, "When Doves Cry" was so hardcore, such an amazing record. "Take Me With U" is probably my favorite on the album, it's just a beautiful song. But those drums on "When Doves Cry?" With no bass? And the lyric was not corny at all. It makes all the sense in the world, and it makes no sense. You can't write a song like that now -- music today has no metaphors, it's all literal. Now they would make you say, “When love dies" or something.
There's not a bad record on Purple Rain. Thriller is allegedly the best album of all time, and that has at least two bad songs on it. There's no "Baby Be Mine" on Purple Rain.