I wasn't surprised at the subject matter of "Darling Nikki." Prince had already been writing risque material. But I really liked "Darling Nikki." I thought, "Okay, you are going to stir the pot again." And I loved that because I'm a rebel at heart. I was behind Prince all the way from day one with his rebellious, sexual side. He was breaking new ground. Prince played an electronic drum kit live in the studio on "Darling Nikki." There may have been some acoustic drums supplementing that. And I think there was a real snare on there with Prince playing against that. And when it gets to the end where you hear the drums going double time that was the Linn drum machine being triggered.
We had no idea that "Darling Nikki" was going to be so [controversial]. Politically, I was already with Frank Zappa who was fighting against censorship. Prince, however, remained silent and didn't care [laughs]. You have to remember, back then, Prince was not very political. I tried my best to discuss politics with him, but he knew better not get into those discussions with people around him. Because as soon as you do that there can be friction. But, yeah, you could say Prince [kick-started] the Parental Guidance sticker era with "Darling Nikki."