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Dirty Mind

Warner Bros. Records

Dirty Mind was written immediately in the wake of Prince’s stint as the support act for Rick James’s Fire It Up Tour. It was in fact recorded in Prince’s basement at home in Lake Minnetonka, in the spring of 1980.

Overt examples of quite disgusting immaturity.

Unlike his first two albums, Prince is accompanied with fellow band members providing vocals and instrumentation on the title track and Head, and writing credits are shared on the title track and Party up. Dirty Mind sold 500,000 copies (receiving the RIAA’s Gold rating) and peaked at number 45 on the Billboard charts and viewed as a disappointment to Warner Brothers. In the UK the album failed to chart, it eventually saw its chart debut in 2016 in the week following Prince’s death, it reached position 61. It was critically acclaimed and since listed by Rolling Stone Magazine 204th in their top 500 albums of all time. For the cover photo the backdrop to the album features an upturned spring bed. The sexual overtones of Dirty Mind caused great division in the band and critics alike, it was racy because Prince was single at the time and wanting female company. The lyrics were not to everyone’s taste at the time.

Performers

All Instruments
Prince
Keyboards
Matt "Dr." Fink Dirty Mind and Head

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
Warner Bros. Records
Distributor
Warner Bros. Records
Cover Art
Allen Beaulieu
Released
8 October 1980
Running Time
30:18
US Chart Peak
45
UK Chart Peak
61
Prince Album
#3

Tracklist

  1. Dirty Mind (4:11) 1
  2. When You Were Mine (3:44)
  3. Do It All Night (3:42) 1
  4. Gotta Broken Heart Again (2:13)
  5. Uptown (5:30) 1 2
  6. Head [feat. Lisa Coleman] (4:40)
  7. Sister (1:33)
  8. Partyup (4:24) 1

1 Released as singles.
2 Co-written with André Cymone

Singles from Dirty Mind

Uptown single from Dirty Mind

Uptown

Warner Bros. Records

Released
10 September 1980
US Chart Peak
101
UK Chart Peak
No Release
  1. Uptown (4:09)
  2. Crazy You (2:15)
Dirty Mind single from Dirty Mind

Dirty Mind

Warner Bros. Records

Released
26 November 1980
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
No Release
  1. Dirty Mind (3:54)
  2. When We're Dancing Close And Slow (5:18)
Do It All Night single from Dirty Mind

Do It All Night

Warner Bros. Records

Released
6 March 1981
US Chart Peak
No Release
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Do It All Night (3:42)
  2. Head [feat. Lisa Coleman] (4:40)
Gotta Stop (Messin' About) single from Dirty Mind

Gotta Stop (Messin' About)

Warner Bros. Records

Released
29 May 1981
US Chart Peak
No Release
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Gotta Stop (Messin' About) (2:54)
  2. Uptown (4:09)

Supporting tour

Dirty Mind Tour

Dirty Mind Tour

1980/1

  • 30 shows from 4 December 1980 to 11 October 1981

 

Dirty Mind – review

After two albums to get his footing on mainstream music by the third album Prince casts loose his moral devil and tells all what fascinates him most. Women. Frankly if you really want to find out where Prince’s musical roots stem from they don’t shine through better than Dirty Mind. Funk is what Prince really does best and he churns it out in abundance here. Prince comes clean and names the album after the only thing on his mind – lewd filth. He layers plenty of smut into every grooves and lyric, from the title track to Do It All Night and Head. All alone and horny, Prince gets melancholy with When You Were Mine and Gotta Broken Heart Again but thankfully goes out partying again in Uptown, gets hitched and back into bed, even pausing for foreplay with Head. Prince even indulges in incest with Sister but ends up all elated with Party Up and ready to denounce that “fighting war, is such a f*ing bore.” Dirty Mind was considered tasteless and crude back in the day but what it had achieved was to shape the sound of the Minneapolis music scene and the world of music has never been the same since.

Dirty Mind

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