His father was a pianist and songwriter, and his mother was a jazz singer.
The band consisted of Lisa Coleman and Doctor Fink on keyboards, Bobby Z.
on drums, Brown Mark on bass, and Dez Dickerson on guitar.
The cost of recording the album was twice Prince's initial advance. He began 1982 with a small tour of college towns where he was the headlining act.
The songs on Controversy were published by Controversy Music – ASCAP, a practice he continued until the Emancipation album in 1996.
Prince attended Minneapolis' Bryant Junior High and then Central High School, where he played football, basketball, and baseball.
He played on Central's junior varsity basketball team, and continued to play basketball recreationally as an adult.
The title track was a protest against nuclear proliferation and became Prince's first top 10 hit in countries outside the US.
Prince's "Little Red Corvette" was one of the first two videos by black artists (along with Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean") played in heavy rotation on MTV, which had been perceived as against "black music" until CBS President Walter Yetnikoff threatened to pull all CBS videos.
It quickly became his most critically and commercially successful release, spending 24 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986), The Revolution disbanded, and Prince released the double album Sign o' the Times (1987) as a solo artist.