Today marks the 27th anniversary of the album Graffiti Bridge! The album hit stores in the U.S. on August 21, 1990, just three months before the film of the same name was released.
Many of the songs on Graffiti Bridge were originally written and recorded much earlier in the 1980s — like the song “Tick, Tick, Bang,” which was first recorded in 1981 — and it was one of the first instances where Prince had pulled unreleased material out of his famed Vault and revamped it for a new album.
Graffiti Bridge was also the first album by Prince to include tracks he had produced for other artists. In fact, three of the five singles that were released from the album were performed by artists other than Prince: “Round and Round” by @therealTevinCampbell, “Melody Cool” by @mavisstaples , and “Shake!” by the Time, all of whom appeared in the movie.
Visitors to Paisley Park will get a chance to see several artifacts from the Graffiti Bridge era, including two jackets that he wore in the film.