8 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released at the end of 1980, Dirty Mind was a showcase for how Prince would revolutionize pop music: He welded New Wave to funk while challenging the status quo with his unapologetic sexuality. Even the love songs here (“When You Were Mine,” “Gotta Broken Heart Again”) have a touch of kink, while the kinky songs (“Head,” the punky incest poem “Sister”) take their taboos as seriously as heartache. It’s a blurring of the sacred and profane that would come to define his career.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released at the end of 1980, Dirty Mind was a showcase for how Prince would revolutionize pop music: He welded New Wave to funk while challenging the status quo with his unapologetic sexuality. Even the love songs here (“When You Were Mine,” “Gotta Broken Heart Again”) have a touch of kink, while the kinky songs (“Head,” the punky incest poem “Sister”) take their taboos as seriously as heartache. It’s a blurring of the sacred and profane that would come to define his career.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
173 Ratings

173 Ratings

Keithbauhaus ,

STILL BLAZING AND AMAZING!!!

The greatest demo tape ever. That's right folks! The tracks on this classic album were recorded in Prince's basement home studio (which would flood during rains), and initially were to be just the demos before going into a bigger and better studio to do the "real deal." However, after playing it for an engineer friend, the friend said, "Why bother re-recording? It's finished. Just give Warner Bros. this." Brilliant move! Of course Warner Bros. initially threw a fit, but did the right thing in the end. This is an essential recording and highly recommended!!!

SGJR1960 ,

Prince Ascends the 'Throw-Down' Throne...

I had heard cuts from his self-titled solo album before, but this was the very first one I bought back-in-the-day, when vinyl LP's were still played over record store speakers. Once you finished picking up your jaw after hearing the 2Phreaky4Every1 lyrics, you dropped it on the floor again at His Purple Badness's sheer grasp of songcraft and musicianship. Call him whatever you will, but you better add "genius" to it. For anybody who only knows 1999, PURPLE RAIN or the BATMAN soundtrack, start your early Prince education here.

The Real Review ,

Great discovery!

I started digging Prince's music when everyone else jumped off of the bandwagon. This was the post-purple rain Prince. I typically dislike what the masses like because the masses seem to follow each other in lockstep without forming an individual opinion or thought. So when Prince became "out of fashion" of sorts, I realized that it was worth checking out. What it allowed me to do is judge his music without the hype and the machine called the record industry. That machine tells us who we should listen to based on how much money they can make and control they can have. Can you say Clay Aiken? Puh-lease. Anyway, I discovered this album a while back in the no-hype era of Prince's career and it plays as well today as it did when I first listened about 18 years ago. Prince's music blends multiple genres into an individual and distinctly recognizable Prince sound. His influence can be heard throughout today's so-called pop stars. Justin Timberlake totally bit Prince's 1988 LoveSexy for his recent tour. This album is part rock, part R & B, part disco and totally listenable. It's a must for anyone who wants to take a seriously enjoyable look into the beginnings of a music icon. Buy it and listen. But remember, with Prince, one listen can never define an experience. It takes a solid three or four listens to really understand what he's attempting to do...trust me....enjoy!

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