(In fact, seeing this video as a young lad in the early 1980's was a memorable experience. My thought process went something like this ... "hey this is a really good song ... wait, is that dude wearing panties and garters and a trench coat? Man, he seems odd ... but I really dig the song.")
"Dirty Mind" was the title cut of the 1980 LP that showed the eccentric music genius of Prince. He had released two solid, if unspectacular albums in the late 1970's. However, on the Dirty Mind album, he broke all of the rules, fusing rock, pop, new wave and R&B in a way that hadn't been done before. He also went way over the line of good taste -- it was an insanely raunchy album for the time. This combination of weirdness, hyper-sexuality and great music in many different styles would lead Prince to superstardom in a few short years.
The song itself is driven by a keyboard riff by Doctor Fink, one of the few Prince songs that he did not exclusively write. It also does not have a chorus -- it is a groove driven song (unconventional, and very cool). While the Dirty Mind album is now regarded as a masterpiece by many critics, it was not a huge commercial success, peaking at #45 on the album charts. The single did not even chart. However, Prince was comfortable with the new direction, and it would lead to tremendous commercial and artistic successes just a few years later.
Ladies and gentlemen, for your audio and video pleasure ... His Purpleness.
Cool trivia fact: Rolling Stone rated Dirty Mind as the 18th best album of the 1980's. Purple Rain was ranked second (behind The Clash's London Calling), making Prince the only artist to have 2 LPs in the top 20.
Note that "Uptown" was posted on ERV in January, 2015.