Thursday, August 27, 2009

Im gonna try 2 tame your little red love machine

Anyone else listen to Prince? I listen to quiet a bit of his songs - including Batdance.

At any rate, I'm trying to determine an approximate speed of the "Little Red Corvette"(a metaphor of a speeding car to a fast woman but let's ignore that).

Things we can extrapolate from the song:
  1. The Corvette is traveling at a speed faster than what Prince considers safe.
  2. The Corvette contains a nearly full tank of gas.
  3. Prince is concerned the speed and road friction will end up driving the car right into the ground (tire wear?).
  4. The song was released in 1982, so let's assume it's a new Corvette. A 1982 Corvette had 200 hp, and did 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 16.1 seconds at 85 mph. It hit 100 mph in 24.8 seconds and a top speed of 125mph.
  5. The album cut of the song is 4:58 minutes long.
  6. The car was parked at the beginning of the song (sideways) and sat still long enough for Prince to examine the contents of the girl's pockets.
  7. Prince first mentions her speed being "too fast" at 0:52 seconds into the song in the first chorus.
It is my assumption that by the time that Prince warns her the first time that she is going too fast that she has easily maxed out the Corvette at 125mph. The album was recorded in Minnesota where this is double the current posted speed limits. Slow down indeed.


  1. I vote to add extrapolate to the list of the greatest words ever.

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  2. Umm. I think the car was parked, the speed *may* be a metaphore.

  3. You should be spending your time on a serious endevour, like calculating how long Bill Murray's character in Groundhog Day spent in the time loop.