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SPIN Exclusive: Greg Dulli, Apollonia Cover Prince’s “When Doves Cry”


For this summer’s 25th anniversary of Prince’s classic movie and album Purple Rain, SPIN is excited to announce the release of Purplish Rain, a tribute album made up of nine tracks commissioned by the editors of SPIN.

One very special note: Among the nine songs is a version of “When Doves Cry” performed by the Twilight Singers, featuring Apollonia, who costarred with Prince in the movie, and Greg Dulli — check out’s exclusive stream of the track below!

The entire album will be available as a free download for SPIN magazine readers and subscribers via starting June 23. (Return to the site on that date for instructions about how to get your free download.)

Purplish Rain was produced to accompany the July cover story, an oral history of Purple Rain, for which contributing writer Brian Raftery spoke to most of the key people involved in the creation of the movie and album.

While being interviewed for the cover story, Apollonia mentioned that she had performed Prince songs with Greg Dulli, the ex-Afghan Whigs frontman who’s also recorded with Mark Lanegan as the Gutter Twins. She then contacted Dulli about covering a Prince track for SPIN’s tribute.

“It was a fun challenge,” says Dulli. “I can guarantee you that what we do sounds nothing like what you expect. The only thing you’ll recognize is the lyrics.”

Hear the song below, and check out the full tracklist for Purplish Rain:

3. “The Beautiful Ones” FOL CHEN
4. “Computer Blue” OF MONTREAL
5. “Darling Nikki” CHAIRLIFT
7. “I Would Die 4 U” MARIACHI EL BRONX
8. “Baby I’m a Star” CRAIG WEDREN

Listen: The Twilight Singers, “When Doves Cry”
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