After accepting our invitation to contribute a cover of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” to SPIN’s Purple Rain tribute album, punk quintet Riverboat Gamblers didn’t feel intimidated — at least not a lot. “It’s not like it’ll reflect badly on us if our version of a Prince song isn’t as awesome as his,” says singer Mike Wiebe. “It’s hard to screw up material like this.”
Artistic modesty aside, the Gamblers hold their own with their riotous cover. Guitarist Fadi el-Assad channels the Purple One with a shred-tastic solo, debunking a theory that Wiebe expressed in SPIN’s July issue: “No one in our band can play guitar like that skinny motherfucker with the high voice.”
Check out Riverboat Gamblers’ take on “Let’s Go Crazy” with exclusive studio footage below. Bonus: Stay tuned to the very end to find out which of Prince’s backup singers Wiebe wants to bed!
WATCH: Riverboat Gamblers, “Let’s Go Crazy”