We were at a gig sound check and were jamming like we always do. And I was playing the bass part that starts the groove off on the song that would become "Computer Blue." Bobby Z was doing a straight boom-bap, boom-bap thing and I was playing the main riff. And that's how "Computer Blue" started coming together from that one session. Prince took that groove, with that bass part, and built the rest of the song around it. He took it to the studio and did all that layering and lead lines. The bridge section was a melody that was written by Prince's father. That's really true. It wasn't just part of the Purple Rain movie. So when you look at the writing credits for "Computer Blue" it's Prince, myself, his father and Wendy & Lisa. I don't know what Wendy & Lisa contributed to that song, but Prince gave them a writing credit, which means they must have done something in the studio.
But on the recent writing credits I don't see my name on there. That kind of disappoints me, but I do have writing credits on there for royalties sake. When we premiered "Computer Blue" at First Avenue for the show the audience didn't know what to think of the new material. [Editor's note: On August 3, Prince & The Revolution previewed several tracks from Purple Rain before a packed house. Songs performed included "Let's Go Crazy," the aforementioned "Computer Blue," the anthemic title track, "I Would Die 4 U," and "Baby I'm A Star." The last three new songs were recorded by a mobile truck and included on the soundtrack, albeit in a punched-up, glossier form.] Playing all this new material that would later end up on Purple Rain was going over their heads. A lot of Prince songs the first time you hear them you go, "What the heck did I just hear?" Prince's songs were more complex than the average pop songs.