TITLE: Dirty Mind
YEAR RELEASED: 1980
CHART ACTION: #45 US, #7 R&B, #61 UK
SINGLES: Uptown (#101, #5 R&B), Dirty Mind (#65, #5 Dance), Do It All Night
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Partyup, Head, When You Were Mind
LINEUP: Prince with a bit of help from Lisa Coleman and Doctor Fink
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Still scandalous, still wonderful. Prince becomes M-Fn PRINCE with this tribute to sex and freedom, and freedom to have sex.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The opening cut and album title says it all. This is an album about Prince and his lascivious side. As many know, this is a song that has odes to oral sex, incest, threesomes, and more. Yet, the subject matter is secondary to the music Prince put together this time.
They hooks and funk through the entire record is fantastic. The touches Prince uses, such as the subtle backing vocals in the brilliant “When You Were Mine”, the keyboard hooks in “Dirty Mind” and “Head” (courtesy of Doctor Fink, I believe), and the all out funk of “Uptown” and “Partyup” makes this a treat for all music lovers, even the prurient.
There’s a bit of a stumble on the ballad, so this isn’t perfect. But it’s as close as Prince had come thus far, and really set the table for his mid-80’s work.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Lisa Coleman’s first appearance on a Prince record is the voice of the woman in “Head”. And yes, “Uptown” is about the famed district in Minneapolis.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A: While I wouldn’t play this at a junior high dance, I would recommend this for anyone wanting a perfect example of how to blend hooks and the funk.