When Prince wrote 1999 in 1982 he had no way of knowing what 1999 would actually look like. Unlike a lot of futurists, he seemed to think that it would be a pretty fun party. The idea that in 1999 we would all be partying in celebration turned out wrong; in 1999 everyone was too busy worrying about a hypothetical apocalyptic computer crash, making it a low-key bust. Prince saw a future 1999 where technology was secondary to his usual concerns about ladies in Corvettes. He must have been bummed that reality turned out less sexy and bright.