The song originally closed out the Minneapolis icon’s self-titled second album, which was released in October 1979 and was recorded earlier that year in Burbank, California.
Before DeMarco’s version appeared online, he posted a short video of him listening to the song on his Instagram page. He captioned the post: “We lost a true hero of mine the other day. Although it’s sad, I’m sure he’s ripping a hot solo right now in the next dimension. RIP. Got a #treat in his #honor #comingsoon”.
The video of DeMarco’s cover opens in his bedroom, before moving to the water in his area of Far Rockaway, New York. It was shot and directed by Jim Larson and also features DeMarco’s bandmate Jon Lent. You can watch it below, via Pitchfork.
Prince passed away on April 21 2016. In the hours after his death, the Carver County Sheriff’s department released a full statement, which read:
“Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reports that on April 21, 2016, at about 9:43 am, sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical call at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen. When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 am. He has been identified as Prince Rogers Nelson (57) of Chanhassen.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.”