Album: Dirty Mind

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Dirty Mind

Album details

Released: 8 October 1980
Length: 30:18
Label(s): Warner Bros. Records
Studio(s): North Arm Drive Home Studio, Orono, MN, USA (credited as "Somewhere in Uptown"); Hollywood Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards

Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard Top LP’s & Tapes 8 Nov. 1980 45 31
USA: Billboard Soul LPs 8 Nov. 1980 7 32
USA: The Billboard 200 14 May 2016 56R 2
Institution, Country Date Certification
RIAA, USA 20 Jun. 1984 Gold (500,000)
This album has not received any awards in the USA

Singles released

b/w Crazy You
Head (promo only)
b/w Uptown
When You Were Mine (12" promo only)
b/w Gotta Broken Heart Again/Uptown
Dirty Mind
b/w When We’re Dancing Close And Slow
Do It All Night (UK only)
b/w Head

See also

Dirty Mind Tour  
link:Dirty Mind Tour
Dirty Mind is the third full-length studio album by Prince. It was released worldwide in October 1980, just under twelve months after his previous album, Prince.

Sessions and compiling

Prince began recording songs for the album in May and June 1980 at his North Arm Drive Home Studio, Orono, MN, USA, immediately after returning from playing the opening act on the Rick James Tour ’80, and the album was mixed and completed in June 1980, at Hollywood Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

The album’s credits state that it was recorded "Somewhere in Uptown", and lists an engineer called Jamie Starr, a pseudonym for Prince (his first recorded pseudonym), that he would use extensively on side projects from 1980-1983.

While the album is essentially performed entirely by Prince, Dr. Fink plays synthesizer on Dirty Mind and Head, and Lisa Coleman contributes vocals on Head. Additionally, three tracks contained writing contributions by others, although only one is credited. Dr. Fink is credited as a co-writer for Dirty Mind, as he contributed the main keyboard part for the track. Uptown was based around a bass line created by André Cymone, although he is uncredited.

Partyup was based on a groove created by Morris Day. In return for using the groove, Prince offered a choice of $10,000 or help in getting a record deal. Day rejected the money, and instead, Prince helped to create The Time for Day in early 1981.


The album produced three commercially-released singles, Uptown (which preceded the album), Dirty Mind and Do It All Night (released in the UK only). Head and When You Were Mine were also available as promotional singles, although these acted as album samplers rather than singles for those particular songs.

Prince toured the USA to support the album on the Dirty Mind Tour in December 1980, and Spring 1981, usually playing every song from the album.

The album reached number 45 on the US Billboard Top LP’s & Tapes, and number 7 on the Billboard Soul LPs.

On 20 June 1984 (less than a week before the release of Purple Rain), Dirty Mind was certified gold by the RIAA, indicating 500,000 copies shipped in the USA.

Track listing

The compact disc version is a reissue from the LP.

  1. Dirty Mind (4:11) 1 
  2. When You Were Mine (3:44)
  3. Do It All Night (3:42)
  4. Gotta Broken Heart Again (2:13)
  5. Uptown (5:30) 2 
  6. Head (4:40)
  7. Sister (1:33)
  8. Partyup (4:24) 3 

The vinyl long play format is the initial release.

  • Side 1:
  1. Dirty Mind (4:11) 1 
  2. When You Were Mine (3:44)
  3. Do It All Night (3:42)
  4. Gotta Broken Heart Again (2:13)
  • Side 2:
  1. Uptown (5:30) 2 
  2. Head (4:40)
  3. Sister (1:33)
  4. Partyup (4:24) 3 

All songs written by Prince, except where noted.

1  Written by Prince and Dr. Fink (music)
2  Written by Prince and André Cymone (credited to Prince)
3  Written by Prince and Morris Day (music) (credited to Prince)



  • "Special thanks to God, Jamie and Steve, Fink, Bobby Z., Andre, Dez, Lisa, Gayle, Russ Thyret, Mo Ostin, Tom Draper, Cortez T. and the "baddest promotion staff around"; Fred Moultrie, Lee Phillips, Bob and Joe, Cynthia Horner, Kim, Nick, Debbie Dominico, Rob Marcher, Fred Lapin, Dave, Chip, Paul and Steve M., Mena, Joni and U."

LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

USA CD 3478-2 Long Box
USA Cassette M5 3478
USA 8-Tracks M8 3478

Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2




Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • Commercial advert published by Warner Bros. in Billboard magazine on 1st Nov. 1980 issue

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