Dirty Mind

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Dirty Mind

from the album Dirty Mind
Dirtymind single.jpg
single art for Dirty Mind
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 8 October 1980 - Dirty Mind album
Album(s): Dirty Mind

The Hits 2
The Hits / The B-Sides

Writer(s): Prince (music and lyrics) and Dr. Fink (music)
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Dirty Mind is the first track on Prince’s third album Dirty Mind, and, six weeks after the album’s release, Dirty Mind was released as the album’s third commercially-released single (although When You Were Mine had also been made available as a promotional release prior to this). Also in 1980, it was included as the fourth and final track on a French promotional release of Uptown.

In 1982, it was included as the fourth track on the Australian 12" of 1999, the first single from Prince’s fifth album 1999.

In 1993, the track was included as the second track on Prince’s compilation album The Hits 2 (also included as the second disc of The Hits / The B-Sides).

While specific recording dates are not known, the album sessions took place from May to June 1980, in Prince’s North Arm Drive Home Studio in Orono, Minnesota (credited as "Somewhere in Uptown"), and completed in June 1980 at Hollywood Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, California.

The song is the first time a bandmember (Dr. Fink) was given co-writing credit for music, as he had developed the repeated keyboard line (Matt Fink "became" Dr. Fink while playing the opening act with Prince during the early stages of the Rick James Tour ’80, when he replaced a jailbird costume with a surgical costume, to avoid comparisons with Rick James, who was performing in a jailbird costume during the same tour).

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
May-June 1980 North Arm Drive Home Studio,
Orono, MN, USA
June 1980 Hollywood Sound Recorders,
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Overdubs, mixing
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
  • Dr. Fink - synthesizer

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Dirty Mind 4:11 Dirty Mind

Uptown promo
Dirty Mind promo
1999 single
Prince Sampler promotional album
Strange Tales From The Rain promotional album
The Story So Far... promotional album
Sounds O’ The Times promotional album
Eye88.png Love Prince promotional album

Dirty Mind (Edit) 3:54 Dirty Mind single

The Hits 2
The Hits / The B-Sides

Dirty Mind (Mono) 3:54 Dirty Mind single Edit, mono version
Dirty Mind (Alternate Edit) 3:24 Dirty Mind single
Edit Philippines 7"
Little Red Corvette / Dirty Mind 7:55 Tidal download Live 20 February 2016 (Show 2): Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Dirty Mind 4:06 The Hits Collection VHS/DVD Promo video See Dirty Mind video for more details
Dirty Mind 1:07 Lovesexy Live 2 VHS Live 9 September 1988, Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, West Germany

Additional Information

See also Trivia


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