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from the album Dirty Mind
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 8 October 1980 - Dirty Mind album
Album(s): Dirty Mind
Writer(s): Prince and Morris Day (music) (credited to Prince)
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Partyup is the eighth and final track on Prince’s third album Dirty Mind, and, in late 1980, it was included on the US promo 12" of Head (which acted more as an album sampler than a promo for Head itself).

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 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.

Although it was not released as a single in the USA, Partyup reached position 5 in the Billboard Disco Top 100, indicating the track was a DJ favorite in US clubs.

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

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Partyup 4:24 Dirty Mind

Head promo
Gotta Stop (Messin’ About) promo

Partyup 3:04 Dirty Mind single
Edit Philippines 7"
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Partyup T.B.C. Saturday Night Live TV broadcast Live TV performance broadcast 21 February 1981, NBC Studios, New York, NY, USA
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Partyman (The Purple Party Mix) 6:02 Partyman single Remix Remix by Femi Jiya and Prince; Includes sampled clips of Sexy Dancer, I Wanna Be Your Lover, Head, Partyup, Let’s Work, 1999, Raspberry Beret, Erotic City, Kiss, U Got The Look, Housequake, Alphabet St., The Future and a chant from Batdance
Partyman (The Purple Party Mix) 5:58 The Scandalous Sex Suite EP Remix edit As above, missing The Joker’s opening dialogue by Jack Nicholson
My Name Is Prince 6:37 album Studio Includes samples of I Wanna Be Your Lover and Controversy in opening
My Name Is Prince 6:37 album (clean version) Alternate Clean version
My Name Is Prince (Edit) 4:05 My Name Is Prince single Edit Alternate opening to album version (not a straightforward edit)
My Name Is Prince (Original Mix Edit) 8:06 My Name Is Prince single Remix Perhaps an original version edited for album release
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Partyup appeared in the Billboard Disco Top 100 chart along with Uptown, Head and Dirty Mind, all cited as album cuts. The Disco Top 100 chart is based on DJ/Clubs playlists sent to Billboard and reflects the impact of a track in clubs. The playlist contains either singles or albums tracks. From these playlists, different tracks from a same artist and a same album are listed as only one entry in the charts.

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