Dirty Mind, 1980 Podcast

Podcast: 40 Years of Dirty Mind

Darling Nisi and Harold Pride return for a third episode in our series of in-depth retrospectives on Prince’s albums, this one for the 40th anniversary of 1980’s Dirty Mind.

Way back in February of 2020, I asked Darling Nisi and Harold Pride to record a third episode in our series of in-depth retrospectives on Prince’s albums, this one for the 40th anniversary of 1980’s Dirty Mind. The podcast was intended to predate De Angela Duff’s DM40GB30 symposium, which in those simpler times was still scheduled to be held in-person at New York University.

Well, you know what happened next: DM40GB30 was delayed, then went virtual, while I slipped into a pandemic-related depression fog that only lifted, appropriately enough, after I participated in the virtual symposium back in June. Meanwhile, the podcast continued to lavish in the D / M / S / R Vault (a.k.a. the “Documents” folder on my computer) until the end of last month, when I was promptly reminded of just how laborious a task editing a three-hour podcast recording can be.

Now, the wait is finally over: the D / M / S / R podcast is back, in all its wildly self-indulgent glory. I want to thank everyone for their patience, and assure you that there won’t be a two-year wait before the next episode; in fact, I’d recommend you go ahead and use one of the links above to subscribe on your podcast service of choice using one of the links above, because I’m aiming to put out one of these bad boys (i.e., podcasts, not necessarily review episodes) per month. As always, let me know what you think, and feel free to leave a review on your podcast provider if you’re so inclined.

00:01:38 “Do It All Night” (Live in Paris, 1981)

00:02:58 Harold’s Presentation at De Angela’s Lovesexy 30 Symposium, 2018

00:03:55 KaNisa’s Muse 2 the Pharaoh Podcast

00:05:20 “Dirty Mind” (Live in Paris, 1981)

00:07:00 The DM40GB30 Symposium Dirty Mind Rountable, featuring Cynthia Horner

00:11:43 “You” by the Rebels (1979 Recording)

00:19:57 Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince

00:22:44 “Gotta Stop (Messin’ About)” (Live at the Ritz, 1981)

00:26:15 “Dirty Mind” (from Dirty Mind, 1980)

00:33:00 “Contort Yourself (August Darnell Remix)” by James White and the Blacks (from Off White, 1979)

00:35:35 “Dirty Mind” (Live at Paisley Park, 2016)

00:37:38 “LITTLE RED CORVETTE/DIRTY MIND” (available on TIDAL)

00:40:44 “When You Were Mine” (from Dirty Mind)

00:45:01 “When U Were Mine” (from One Nite Alone… Live!, 2002)

00:49:33 “When You Were Mine” (Live at the Worcester Centrum, 1985)

00:53:55 Dirty Mind Aesthetic Influence #1: Tim Curry

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00:53:58 Dirty Mind Aesthetic Influence #2: Freddie Mercury

Photo stolen from Twitter

00:55:19 “Do It All Night” (from Dirty Mind)

00:59:53 “Do It All Night” (Live at the Ritz, 1981)

01:03:37 “Gotta Broken Heart Again” (from Dirty Mind)

01:08:11 “Gotta Broken Heart Again” (from Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas, 2003)

01:10:06 “Gotta Broken Heart Again” (Live at the Ritz, 1981)

01:15:34 “Uptown” (from Dirty Mind)

01:23:36 “Funkytown” by Lipps, Inc. (from Mouth to Mouth, 1979)

01:29:06 “Uptown” (Live in Paris, 1981)

01:30:48 Prince’s Racially Ambiguous Presentation on the Dirty Mind Album Cover

Photo by Allen Beaulieu, © Warner Bros.

01:31:51 Prince’s Obscured Face on the Back Cover of Dirty Mind

Photo by Allen Beaulieu, © Warner Bros.

01:33:48 Prince’s “Kardashian” Look on the Prince Album Cover

Photo by Jurgen Reisch, © Warner Bros.

01:34:02 Prince’s Darker Complexion on the Controversy Album Cover

Photo by Allen Beaulieu, © Warner Bros.

01:35:58 “Head” (from Dirty Mind)

01:37:10 Dirty Mind’s Infamous “Please Audition Prior to Airing” Sticker

Photo by Allen Beaulieu, © Warner Bros.

01:44:03 “Super Freak” by Rick James (from Street Songs, 1981)

01:44:18 “Head” (Live in Atlanta, 1988)

01:49:23 “Head” (Live at the Ritz, 1981)

01:53:02 “Sister” (from Dirty Mind)

01:55:37 “Sister” (Live in Dortmund, 1988)

01:57:18 Michael Dean’s Interview with Tyka Nelson

01:58:56 Zach Talks “Sister” on the Press Rewind Podcast

02:00:27 “Sister” (1980 Demo Recording)

02:04:23 “Partyup” (from Dirty Mind)

02:11:08 “Partyup” (Live in Paris, 1981)

02:21:23 “Head” by Ice-T featuring Brother Marquis (from Party O’ the Times: A Tribute to Prince, 1999)


By Zach

Recovering academic. Music writing at Slant, Spectrum Culture, and elsewhere. Founder and editor, Dystopian Dance Party. Tweets @zchoskins.

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