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“Purple Rain” came out 30 years ago today. Congress celebrated by covering Prince songs.

Thirty years ago Wednesday, Prince released "Purple Rain", his legendary album. (It was ranked as the 76th greatest album ever by Rolling Stone.)  To commemorate that occasion, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (D) posted a Vine video of himself doing an acoustic cover of "Purple Rain" (the song, not the album). Because, why the heck not?

Ellison's 5th district, which encompasses much of the downtown Minneapolis area, includes Prince's Paisley Park studios. (Other people who call Minnesota's 5th district home, according to Ellison's official Congressional website, include Ethan and Joel Cohen and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Not to be outdone, New York Rep. Joe Crowley, who won his primary on Tuesday without opposition, posted a Vine of himself singing Prince's "Raspberry Beret".

Just for the record, the best "Purple Rain" cover ever done was this one by Etta James.