For its July issue, Spin is pulling out all the stops celebrating the silver anniversary of Prince's landmark Purple Rain, and count me as among those who are stoked. Spin will have a comprehensive oral history of the album and film. Prince and Morris Day declined to be interviewed, but that's no surprise.
As a bonus, Spin is offering a free downloadable tribute album, titled Purplish Rain, that features nine bands doing song-for-song covers of the Purple Rain's tracks. The biggest coup was recruiting Apollonia, the one-time Prince protege who starred in the film, to sing a cover of "When Doves Cry" that she cut with Greg Dulli and his band the Twilight Singers.