Dirty Mind (album)

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Dirty Mind
Prince's studio album


October 8, 1980


April 1980 - June 1980

Label (s) Warner Bros. Records

Format (s)


Genre (s)

R&B , funk , new wave , pop , rock

Title (number)


running time


  • Prince - All songs were produced, arranged, composed and performed by him. His band members added the following to the recordings:
  • Dr. Fink - co-author of Dirty Mind , Keyboard in Dirty Mind , Head
  • Prince, Bob Mockler, Mic Guzauski - Mixing
  • Ron Garrett - Mixing Assistance
  • Allen Beaulieu - Photography
  • Bob Cavallo, Joe Ruffalo, Steve Fargnoli - Prince Personal Management



Studio (s)

Hollywood Sound Recorders ( Los Angeles )
North Arm Drive Home Studio ( Orono )

Dirty Mind Controversy
Single releases
September 10, 1980 Uptown
November 26, 1980 Dirty Mind
March 6, 1981 Do It All Night
1981 Head

Dirty Mind ( English for Dirty Fantasy ) is the third studio album by the American musician Prince . It was released on October 8, 1980 on the Warner Bros. Records label . Musically, Prince expanded his spectrum and combined songs from the genres of R&B , funk , new wave , pop and rock , which he had not done before. The lyrics of the album Dirty Mind were considered obscene at the time ; they are about oral sex and incest , for example .

Music critics rated the album mostly positive and the US music magazine Rolling Stone voted Dirty Mind 206 of the 500 best albums of all time . Initially, the album was not commercially successful and only achieved gold status in the USA in 1984. The tour to Dirty Mind was the first in which Prince as headliners played. He was also touring Europe for the first time, but the Dirty Mind tour was unsuccessful from a commercial point of view.


The first song Prince recorded When You Were Mine was in April 1980, when he was on tour with Rick James in the USA during this time and appeared as the opening act on his Fire-It-Up tour . He wrote the piece in a hotel room while listening to John Lennon music . In 1980 Prince rented a house near Lake Minnetonka in Orono , Minnesota, and had a 16-track studio called North Arm Drive Home Studio installed in the basement . There he recorded the album Dirty Mind and played Head in May ; it is the first Prince song that Lisa Coleman is involved in. She replaces keyboardist Gayle Chapman, who had left Prince's band at the time for religious reasons. Chapman could no longer reconcile the sometimes very suggestive lyrics in Prince's songs with her conscience. The then 19-year-old Coleman sings the backing vocals in Head and Dr. Fink played synthesizers. Prince originally wrote the song in July 1979. According to guitarist Dez Dickerson , the track Uptown is based on a bass line designed by André Cymone, Prince's former school friend and band member at the time. Cymone played this bassline during rehearsals , which Prince then used in the song Uptown .

Prince composed the title track Dirty Mind from a synthesizer - Lick , keyboardist Dr. Fink had played in rehearsals. "Prince wrote a bridge , made a few changes, and that's it," Fink said of the recording. Around midnight, the two wrote the music for the song, Fink then drove home and Prince had already finished the piece the next morning. Prince greeted Fink with "Hey, this is the title track for my next album".

When Prince presented the rough draft of Dirty Mind to his management at the time as a new album, which he wanted to release in this form, his management informed him that Prince had to re-produce the songs again ; only then was he allowed to present the album to the record company Warner Bros. Records . The re- mix of the songs led Prince in June 1980 in Los Angeles , California in the recording studio Hollywood Sound Recorders by. During this time he also revised the previously recorded piece Gotta Stop (Messin 'About) , which was released on May 29, 1981 as a single in England only.

Prince finally presented the album to Warner Bros. Records, to which Warner reacted indignantly; because of the lewd song lyrics and the meager music production , the record company raised opposition. Marylou Badeaux, then vice president of Warner Bros. Records, said of Prince: “He messed up the whole record company. The promotion managers called me in desperation: 'I can't introduce that to the radio stations! Is he crazy? '"

Bob Cavallo and Steve Fargnoli, Prince's personal managers at the time, managed to convince Warner Bros. Records to release Dirty Mind as Prince planned.

Design of the cover

The cover consists of a black and white photo of Prince in black panties with an open trench coat and a bare stomach. A badge with the words "Rude Boy" emblazoned on the trench coat, Prince wears a scarf around his neck . The springs of a bed frame can be seen in the background . The name "Prince" is at the top of the album cover and the letters of his name appear with a decorative border, as if they had been cut out with special scissors.

Album cover photographer Allen Beaulieu said it was Prince's idea to record the cover in black and white. In addition, Prince asked him to photograph him in front of springs. Piling them up as a background was Beaulieu's idea. "He [Prince] really wanted to rely on that image of the underprivileged that people passed on to other people, not something that advertising can destroy," said Beaulieu.

The inner sleeve of the LP and the booklet accompanying the CD are kept simple; only a photo of Prince with his former band can be seen. The lyrics of the individual songs of Dirty Mind are not printed. In the liner notes , Prince thanks a "Joni", by which he meant Joni Mitchell , because she had inspired him musically in his career.


Musical style

Prince designed the songs on the album mainly on the guitar - so the songs of Dirty Mind are more rock- oriented than those of his previous albums . On Dirty Mind , Prince combines different styles of music: The songs Dirty Mind and When You Were Mine are influenced by pop music and new wave . Gotta Broken Heart Again is a soul ballad, Uptown and Head are characterized by funk . The song Sister has influences of rock 'n' roll and Partyup is blues rock and gospel music inspired.

Lyrics and singing

In the lyrics of the album Dirty Mind , Prince devotes himself exclusively to love and sex . For example, the title track tells of sex in a car and in Do It All Night Prince describes the longing to have sex all night. The song Head is about oral sex that takes place between Prince and a bride while she is on the way to the altar . In the song Sister , Prince addresses incest and describes the feeling of how fascinating sexual intercourse with his older sister is. Gotta Broken Heart Again and When You Were Mine are about disappointed love, with When You Were Mine in particular contains a sarcastic undertone.

Prince sings the lyrics melodically set to music in his characteristic falsetto singing . Lisa Coleman sings in spoken chant in the song Head .

List of titles and publications

No. song author length
01 Dirty Mind Prince and Dr. finch 4:13
02 When You Were Mine Prince 3:43
03 Do It All Night Prince 3:42
04th Gotta Broken Heart Again Prince 2:14
05 Uptown Prince 5:32
06th Head Prince 4:43
07th Sister Prince 1:31
08th Partyup Prince 4:25

Dirty Mind was released on October 8, 1980 on record and compact cassette . The album was later also released on compact disc .


Four singles were released from the album: Uptown was released on September 10, 1980 as a single edit version , which is 4:08 minutes long. The single was only released in the United States, Japan, New Zealand and the Netherlands. The B-side Crazy You is also included on Prince's debut album For You (1978). On November 26, 1980, the title track Dirty Mind was released, which was shortened to 3:39 minutes, when We're Dancing Close And Slow from the previous album Prince (1979) serves as the B-side . Do It All Night was only released in England on March 6, 1981. The B-side is the song Head , which was released as a single in 1980 in the Philippines. The exact publication date of Head cannot be proven with sources. There is uptown on the B-side .

Music videos

Music videos were only produced for the singles Uptown and Dirty Mind . Both videos were recorded on October 24, 1980 in Hollywood , California at the Producer's Studio - Stage 9, which has a small audience. Prince sings the songs with his former backing band and dances to them.

Cover versions

Some musicians covered songs from the album, with When You Were Mine being the most frequently re-recorded; for example, Bette Bright and the Illuminations (1981), Iain Matthews (1981), Cyndi Lauper (1983), Mitch Ryder (1983), Marc Johnson (1994), The Pillows (1996), Chris Holmes (1997) interpreted it by Yo La Tengo -member James McNew founded Project Dump (1998), Skarhead (2011), David Helbock (2012) and Chris Brokaw (2017). In addition, the Swiss rock band Züri West recorded a version in Swiss German with I ha di gärn gha (1994) .

The title track Dirty Mind was covered by Paul Sansome (1994), the US indie rock band Ida (2000), the US rock band Drunk Horse (2001), Dump (2001), Bent (2003), Kimberly Evans (2004) and the Norwegian electronic band Ost & Kjex (2008). Gotta Broken Heart Again performed Debra Hurd (* 1958; † 1994) in 1993, who was part of the R&B duo Damian Dame from 1991 as Deah Dame . Head was newly recorded by Blake Baxter (1997), Ice-T (1999), the US noise band Panicsville (2002) and by ISO 12 (2002). The US rapper Candyman Head also sampled in his song Nightgown (1990). Partyup coverte Spoon (1996). Uptown recorded Crystal Waters (1997), Ida (2000) and the Norwegian soul band Lester (2008). Furthermore, the DJ Dub Kult produced a remix in 2003.


Typical setlist of the Dirty Mind Tour from
December 4, 1980 to April 6, 1981
  1. Do It All Night
  2. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
  3. When You Were Mine
  4. Gotta Stop (Messin 'About)
  5. Sexy dancer
  6. Sister
  7. I want to be your lover
  8. Head
  9. Still waiting
  10. Partyup
  11. Dirty Mind ( co-author : Dr. Fink)
  12. Uptown
All songs are authored by Prince , unless otherwise stated

The Dirty Mind Tour began on December 4, 1980 in Buffalo , New York and ended on April 6, 1981 in New Orleans , Louisiana. The tour took place exclusively in the USA and included 28 concerts. It was the first tour that Prince headlined , but some concerts were sparsely attended and the tour can be described as commercially unsuccessful.

At the first eleven concerts, Teena Marie appeared with an accompanying band as the opening act and one of her backing singers at the time was Jill Jones . Prince's band consisted of the following five members:

  • André Cymone (civil: André Anderson) - electric bass
  • Bobby Z. (real name: Robert B. Rivkin) - drums
  • Dez Dickerson (real name: Desmond D'andrea Dickerson) - guitar
  • Dr. Fink (civil: Matthew Robert Fink) - Keyboard
  • Lisa Coleman - keyboard

Bobby Z., Dr. Fink and Lisa Coleman were also members of Prince and The Revolution from 1983 to 1986 .

Gotta Stop (Messin 'About) was a single released song that wasn't on any Prince album at the time. It was not until September 1993 that this was featured on the greatest hits compilation The Hits / The B-Sides on a Prince album.

From May 29, 1981 to June 4, 1981 Prince went on tour for the first time in Europe. He and his accompanying band gave three concerts, which took place in Amsterdam at the Paradiso , in London at the Lyceum Theater and in Paris at Le Palace. It wasn't until 1986 that Prince returned to Europe to play live concerts there.



The reviews of Dirty Mind were mostly positive. Those copies of the album that were delivered to radio stations had the following accompanying text: "Program designer: Please listen before a radio broadcast."

Ken Tucker wrote in the US music magazine Rolling Stone : “In its best moments, Dirty Mind is absolutely filthy. His insidious joke, which is deliberately so indecent, is basically an early, direct call for resistance to the elitist puritanism of the Reagan era. ”The Rolling Stone also found :“ A pop record of Rabelais caliber. This is profanity washed into art and the socially balancing element is joy. "The New Musical Express wrote:" In a similarly self-confident manner as Sly Stone and George Clinton before him, Prince also does everything within the clichéd boundaries black dance music to reach new shores. "

With regard to the lewd lyrics, the music journalist Barry Graves wrote in the Berlin city magazine tip : “Prince's misogyny is so unsympathetic that the exaggeration can probably be assumed to be a comment. Prince […] uses shameless hints, grotesque distortions, taboo rubble and moist, fluttering dream poems to create a morbid world of songs that may be visualized in our own <dirty imagination>. "Music journalist Robert Christgau said:" Mick Jagger should pack up his penis and run away. "

After Prince's death in April 2016, the music journalists Albert Koch and Thomas Weiland from the German music magazine Musikexpress reviewed the album Dirty Mind and gave it almost the highest possible score with five and a half out of six stars. Among other things, you wrote that Dirty Mind was "a minimalist masterpiece". In addition, “the confidence with which this Don [Prince] of dirty imagination serves his style repertoire” is impressive. The title track and When You Were Mine "stand out".

Charts and awards

Charts Top ranking Weeks
Chart placements
Germany (GfK) Germany (GfK) - (- Where.) -
Austria (Ö3) Austria (Ö3) - (- Where.) -
Switzerland (IFPI) Switzerland (IFPI) 79 (1 week) 1
United Kingdom (OCC) United Kingdom (OCC) 61 (1 week) 1
United States (Billboard) United States (Billboard) 45 (54 weeks) 54

The highest ranking in Switzerland and Great Britain reached Dirty Mind in May 2016 after Prince's death, before the album had not placed. Dirty Mind has been awarded gold and platinum status internationally, for example it received:

year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1980 Uptown DEnvDE ATnvAT CHnvCH UKnvUK US101 (6 weeks)
• In Europe only decoupled in the Netherlands
Dirty Mind DEnvDE ATnvAT CHnvCH UKnvUK -
• only decoupled in the USA, Ecuador and the Philippines
• Only decoupled in the Philippines
1981 Do It All Night DEnvDE ATnvAT CHnvCH - USnvUS
• Only decoupled in Great Britain


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Booklet of the CD Dirty Mind by Prince, Warner Bros. Records, 1980
  2. a b Nilsen (1999), p. 279.
  3. a b c d Nilsen (1999), p. 69.
  4. Nilsen (1999), p. 67.
  5. a b Nilsen (1999), p. 68.
  6. Gotta Stop (Messin 'About). In: Princevault.com. January 27, 2018, accessed on March 31, 2018 (eng).
  7. a b Hahn (2016), p. 60.
  8. Hahn (2016), p. 61.
  9. Hahn (2016), p. 62.
  10. a b Hill (1989), p. 124.
  11. Greenmann (2017), pp. 167–168
  12. ^ Allen Beaulieu: Allen Beaulieu Photography. In: Homepage of Allen Beaulieu. 2013, accessed on March 31, 2018 .
  13. ^ Uptown (2004), p. 529.
  14. a b c d e Hahn (2016), p. 58.
  15. ^ Hill (1989), p. 126.
  16. Hill (1989), p. 118. u. P. 120.
  17. a b c Hill (1989), p. 115.
  18. Hahn (2016), p. 65.
  19. a b Ewing (1994), p. 29.
  20. Parke (2017), p. 214.
  21. Uptown. In: Princevault.com. November 24, 2017, accessed March 31, 2018 .
  22. a b c d e f g Uptown (2004), p. 26.
  23. ^ Uptown (2004), p. 622.
  24. Video Shoot. In: Princevault.com. November 30, 2017, accessed February 16, 2019 .
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  29. Nilsen (1999), p. 45.
  30. Uptown (2004), pp. 29-30.
  31. Hill (1989); P. 118.
  32. Hahn (2016), p. 64.
  33. ^ Hill (1989), p. 114.
  34. Mischke (1989), p. 86.
  35. Greenman (2017), p. 71. ("Mick Jagger should fold up his penis and go home.")
  36. ^ ME editors: From the big Prince special - an overview of all albums. In: Musikexpress.de. May 22, 2016, accessed March 31, 2018 .
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  42. Uptown (2004), p. 26.
  43. The Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums (2012 Edition). (No longer available online.) In: Rocklistmusic.co.uk. December 21, 2016, archived from the original on January 5, 2011 ; accessed on March 31, 2018 (English, right side of the picture, scroll down). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.rocklistmusic.co.uk
  44. Chart sources: DE AT CH UK US