• Prince got the idea for the song when he dozed off in band member Lisa Coleman's pink Mercury
Montclair Marauder after an exhausting all-night recording session.
The lyrics came to him in bits and pieces during this and other catnaps.
Eventually, he was able to finish it without sleeping.
In the song, Prince narrates a one-night stand with a beautiful but promiscuous woman,
the "Little Red Corvette"
This was his first Top 10 US hit. It helped propel him to superstar status
got the idea for
from this song. She heard it in her car, drove to the recording studio, and put down some tracks.
"It just gave me an incredible idea, so I spent many hours that night writing a song about
some kind of crazy argument, and it was to become one of the most important of my songs"
(U.S. picture disc)