Dirty Mind

Dirty Mind

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"Dirty Mind is the third album by Prince, released October 8, 1980. According to the New Rolling Stone Album Guide, "Dirty Mind remains one of the most radical 180-degree turns in pop history." [1] With this album, Prince makes a decisive departure from his preceding more commercial album Prince. He seems keen to distance himself from the disco-ish light soul of "I Wanna Be Your Lover" and experiments with a New Wave-influenced, rock and roll sound. The title track, complete with a demo-like organ, is rich with punk sensibilities. The track "When You Were Mine" is full of bouncy guitar licks. However, it is the LP’s second side (tracks 5-8) which gives the album its unique fusion sound and contains the tracks which were most controversial at the time, namely "Head" (a bawdy tale of Prince seducing a bride-to-be with oral sex) and "Sister" (a hyperdriven, punk-ish ode to incest clocking in at just 90 seconds). "Uptown" is the album’s high point, with Prince singing about a utopian paradise where everyone is free to express themselves regardless of age, gender and skin color. This album was to set the scene emphatically for Prince’s chart domination later in the 1980s. It fused black and white musical styles in a seamless fashion and showed that Prince was not afraid to push boundaries. In 2003, the album was ranked number 204 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. [2] On its list of Top 100 Albums of the 1980s, Pitchfork Media had Dirty Mind at 87" wiki


3 thoughts on “Dirty Mind

  1. This is probably my favorite Prince album. I listen to it at least once a month. It’s one of those CD’s that is always on my desk. The vinyl disk is stored away in my 3k+ album/12 inch collection. I saw Prince perform tracks from Dirty Mind in NJ at a Place that was called Emerald City. It used to be the Latin Casino way back in my parents days. Nona Hendryx of Labelle opened for him. I know it was a damn good show…. trouble is I don’t remember much. 🙂 Prince was dressed like he is on the Dirty Mind album and Nona did "Bustin’ Out." That was damn near 28 years ago!

  2. I cant even front VOX* This was the Album that made me a prince fan 4 sho* * * A friend of mine had it on cassette and we listened to that thing till it popped!!!! LOL Owwww….Those were the days-

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