Dirty Mind

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Dirty Mind
Studio album by Prince
Released October 8, 1980
Recorded May–June 1980
Genre Post-disco,[1] funk, new wave[2]
Length 30:14
Label Warner Bros.
BSK 3478
Producer Prince
Prince chronology
Prince
(1979)
Dirty Mind
(1980)
Controversy
(1981)
Singles from Dirty Mind
  1. "Uptown"
    Released: September 10, 1980
  2. "Dirty Mind"
    Released: November 26, 1980
  3. "Do It All Night"
    Released: 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club (favorable)[4]
Blender 5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A[5]
Entertainment Weekly A[6]
Los Angeles Times (favorable)[7]
No Ripcord (10/10)[8]
PopMatters (favorable)[9]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars (1981)[10] (1999)[11]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars (2004)[12]

Dirty Mind is the third studio album by American musician Prince, released October 8, 1980 on Warner Bros. Records. It was produced, arranged and composed primarily by Prince.[12] The album debuted at number 63 on the US Billboard 200 chart,[13] and earned widespread acclaim from music critics.[14] On June 6, 1984, it was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America.[15] Pitchfork Media ranked Dirty Mind number 87 on its list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1980s.[16] In 2003, the album was ranked number 204 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[17] Slant Magazine listed the album at #53 on its list of the "Best Albums of the 1980s".[18]

Composition[edit]

According to The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), "Dirty Mind remains one of the most radical 180-degree turns in pop history."[12] Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times described the music from the album as "confident and highly danceable blend of post-disco funk and tasty, hard-line rock".[1] Prince's songwriting contains prominently sexual lyrics.[19] Keith Harris of Blender characterizes its songs as "confessions of a sex junkie" with "new-wave funk".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Prince, except where noted[20]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dirty Mind"   Prince, Dr. Fink 4:14
2. "When You Were Mine"     3:47
3. "Do It All Night"     3:42
4. "Gotta Broken Heart Again"     2:16
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Uptown"     5:32
6. "Head"     4:44
7. "Sister"     1:31
8. "Partyup"   Prince, Morris Day 4:24

Personnel[edit]

  • Dr. Fink - synthesizer (on "Dirty Mind" and "Head")
  • Lisa Coleman - vocals ("Head")
  • All other vocals and instruments performed by Prince.

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Chart history[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nilsen, Per (2004). Dance Music Sex Romance: Prince: The First Decade. SAF Publishing Ltd, 2004, p. 87. ISBN 094671964
  2. ^ a b c Harris, Keith (June–July 2001). "Every Original CD Reviewed - Prince". Blender (Alpha Media Group) (1). 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Dirty Mind - Prince." Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  4. ^ Phipps, Keith (2009-04-24). "Primer: Prince." The A.V. Club. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Dirty Mind". The Village Voice: 1980.
  6. ^ Browne, David (1990-09-21). "Purple Products." Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  7. ^ Johnson, Connie. "A Prince of Punk/Funk". Los Angeles Times: S83. December 7, 1980. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  8. ^ Booker, George (2009-05-20). "Prince: Dirty Mind - Music Review." No Ripcord. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  9. ^ Robinson, Charlotte. "Prince: Dirty Mind." PopMatters. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  10. ^ Tucker, Ken (1981-02-19). "Dirty Mind." Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  11. ^ Schruers, Fred (1999-09-16). "Prince: Dirty Mind : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  12. ^ a b c Hoard, Christian. "The Rolling Stone Album Guide". Rolling Stone: 655. November 2, 2004.
  13. ^ Columnist. "Tops in Pops". Los Angeles Times: G2. November 3, 1980.
  14. ^ Holden, Stephen. Prince, A Renegade. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  15. ^ Gold & Platinum: Searchable Database. Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  16. ^ Staff. Top 100 Albums of the 1980s. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  17. ^ Staff. RS500: 204) Dirty Mind. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  18. ^ http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/feature/best-albums-of-the-1980s/308/page_5
  19. ^ Columnist. "Prince's Song Lyrics are X-Rated". Los Angeles Times: December 1980. Note: Original article reprinted in The Tuscaloosa News.
  20. ^ http://princevault.com/index.php/Album:_Dirty_Mind
  21. ^ http://princevault.com/index.php/Album:_Dirty_Mind
  22. ^ Billboard Albums: Dirty Mind. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.

References[edit]

  • Nathan Brackett, Christian Hoard (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Completely Revised and Updated 4th Edition. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 

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