Would their whole sound even be possible without Prince’s sparse hard-edged Minneapolis electro-funk? Bold innovations like leaving out the bassline? Prince did that in 1984—laughing at the time that nobody else would have the guts to do it—and scored a No. 1 hit. Laugh if you like but there’s a straight line from “When Doves Cry” to Noreaga’s “Superthug.” And need we even mention the inspiration for Pharrell’s falsetto?