Video: Uptown

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1979: Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? Music Videos
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1980: Dirty Mind

Uptown music video selected snapshots

Music Video details

First aired: Late 1980
Producer(s): Information needed
Director: Information needed
Related home video/DVD: The Hits Collection
First (Commercially) Released: 14 September 1993


Date Institution, Country Award
This music video has not received any awards in the USA

Uptown is a Prince video released for broadcast and to promote the single.

Shooting took place in Los Angeles, California on 24 October 1980 in the afternoon in front of a local audience. Similar to the Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? visual promo, this video shows Prince and his band lip-syncing to a live performance. The band plays on a stripped-down version of the Dirty Mind Tour concert stage, that was used for both this video and Dirty Mind, shot the same day.

Wardrobe wise, a significant change is made from the I Wanna Be Your Lover (band version) and Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? videos as Prince wears the same outfit seen on Dirty Mind album cover. This marks an additional Prince trademark for videos: the distinctive look he adopts for albums and single covers and/or while on tour will be systematically used for videos.

Of note, Uptown features the first appearance of Lisa Coleman in a Prince video.

The video was included on The Hits Collection in 1993.

Shooting Information
Shooting Sessions
Date Location Additional info
24 October 1980 Producer’s Studios – Stage 9, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • More information needed

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Uptown 4:14 The Hits Collection (1993)

Prince streaming video platforms (2017)
Released for sale as separate track on iTunes (2017)

Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Uptown 4:14 slightly different audio with some audience noise heard

Additional Information

See Also Quotation & triva

  • The Hohner Telecaster, Prince’s classic guitar, appears for the first time in a video.
  • The shoot was done with a studio audience that was made aware of the 2 PM shoot via the means of flyers distributed in the neighborhood.
  • Matt Fink wears a surgeon outfit for the first time in a Prince video.

Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
Music Videos (Prince) Music Videos (Related Artists) 1980
Dirty Mind