APRIL SHOWERS: Purple Rain (1984) w/Consequence of Sound

purple rainThis week on Alcohollywood, Blake Goble of Consequence of Sound joins us to pay homage to Prince in the wake of his tragic passing with his flawed but singular 1984 opus Purple Rain! Telling the tale of young Prince (played by late-twenties Prince already in his sexual dandy outfits) and his struggle to get to the top of the Minneapolis music scene, Purple Rain is chock full of Prince’s thumping soundtrack, incredible concert sequences, and… some pretty unfortunate acting and a threadbare narrative connecting everything together. In spite of all that, it remains a wonderful testament to the genius of Prince’s persona. Put on your raspberry beret and lace cravat and take a listen, along with our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

(Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)


THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Raspberry Pear-et

The gimmick’s in the name: we made something fruity, complicated, and mysterious, not unlike the man himself. Oh, plus puns – we love our punny ingredients.

purple rain cocktail2 parts white Rheine brandy
8 raspberries, muddled
2 parts pear juice
1 part orange juice
2 parts apricot + allspice soda (use ginger beer if unavailable)

1) muddle blackberries in a cocktail shaker with ice, add brandy and juices and shake vigorously.
2) Pour straight into cocktail glass and top with soda. Garnish and serve.


  1. Every time Prince smirks
  2. Any time Appolonia gives a panty-dropping leer at Prince
  3. Whenever a new song starts


Prince sings, “I Would Die 4 U.”

Join us next week as we meld our ‘rain’ movies with our upcoming dragon-themed month with Reign of Fire!

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