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Dennis Wilen


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Although he is shy in person, choosing words carefully and barely speaking above a whisper, Prince loves being on stage.

When I was younger, I was in a lot of bands, but it’s quite different now.

It’s a real powerful feeling – not the kind of power that you have over anyone else, but the power that’s going on around and through me.

First of all, my amp is really load, and my guitar player’s is twice as loud.

When you’re playing for 17,000 people and they get to screaming, then that’s really, really loud. Maybe that’s the kind of power that could change things. If everybody could funnel their energies into one positive source... well, that much power, it’s just amazing.

And what responsibility comes with this power?

No responsibility. I think I’m only a conductor of whatever electricity comes from the world, or wherever we all come from. To me the ultimate responsibility is the hardest one – the responsibility to be true to myself.

Prince cut most of Dirty Mind as demos.

Basically, these are demo tapes, and I had no idea they’d be on an album together, so that’s where I think a lot of the up-front quality comes from. I didn’t have any lyrics written out for some of the tunes – they just came. I recorded at a lot of small eight and 16-track studios around Minneapolis – just personal songs that I wanted to have – and I don’t think it’s dirty.

I got a new guitar before I made the record, and I started to play more one it, rather than just filling up space with other instruments.

Prince’s no-holds-barred lyrical approach grew out of the demo-genesis of the album.

When I made these songs, I knew they would never be on the radio, and I’d never be bringing them to Warner Bros. – some of them, anyway. Then I decided that this was gonna be the record. I was so adamant about it, once I got to the label, that there was no way they could even say “we won’t put this out.” I believed in it too much by that time.

The one thing that’s strange to me about doing interviews behind this record is that it was made with nothing in mind but dealing with songs and ideas that I was about at that time. I wasn’t gearing myself toward anything except my own personal satisfaction.