FOR ADULT READERS ONLY) – “Erotic City” by Prince – Porn For ’80s Tween Girls?

Editor’s note: This blog references explicit, sexually charged lyrics from Prince songs. It is for adult readers only. 

A strange thing occurred today while I was driving home from work. My USB drive wasn’t playing any songs, and the note on the touch screen said “indexing.” Fine…be that way (pffft)…  So I decided to check out what was on the FM dial instead. I have some local stations programmed in there, and started to go through them. Then I decided to stop when I heard these lyrics (which are not even the most racy lyrics in the song, BTW):

Every time I comb my hair
Thoughts of you get in my eyes
You’re a sinner, I don’t care
I just want your creamy thighs

And I flashed back to when I was about 11-12 or so, and had “outgrown” Michael Jackson. I had become a “Prince fangirl” virtually overnight. I even saw him live in Detroit…on a school night! My mom must not have been able to score Friday or Saturday tickets….

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I saw the concert at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, which is currently under demolition. It was also the former “home” ice for the Detroit Red Wings.  Does anyone else “store” ticket stubs in this fashion?

 

Word spread pretty quickly about the super racy Prince song Erotic City. I just HAD to have that song! Yes, it was probably because the song featured the taboo “f” word… We were all told by our teachers/parents/authority figures to NOT swear, and the “f” word was the granddaddy of ALL swear words! This, of course, only served to increase the “allure” of the word “f—” to pretty much every single kid and teenager. As a side note, I’d have to say it’s one of my favorite words to this day! So versatile – but I digress!

Here are some more racy lyrics from Erotic City:

If we cannot make babies, maybe we can make some time
Thoughts of pretty you and me, Erotic City come alive
We can f— until the dawn, making love ’til cherry’s gone (’til the dawn)
Erotic City can’t you see, thoughts of pretty you and me

Singer Sheila E. claimed that the word “funk” is the actual lyrics, not “f—.” Well…if that’s true? Then why did all of the radio versions “bleep” out the word “funk” – including the version I heard on 105.1 FM (Detroit, MI) today? “Funk” isn’t exactly a “bleepable” word (nice try, Sheila E.).

It was a B-side to Prince’s 1984 hit song Let’s Go Crazy, so I guess I could have had Mom take me to Grapevine (record store in Flint, MI), but I knew there was…”another”  way.

RECORD THE SONG WHEN IT CAME ON THE RADIO! Which is what I did…

The song got quite a bit of air play even though it was technically just a “B” side.

Erotic City was one of many, many Prince songs that likely raised Tipper Gore’s ire when she went on her filthy lyrics “crusade” which led to CDs/tapes being slapped with “explicit lyrics” labels (which probably only helped INCREASE sales). I think I read somewhere that she was absolutely mortified that her daughter was listening to Darling Nikki. My own mom didn’t even bat an eye! Now what could be so bad about Darling Nikki?

I knew a girl named Nikki I guess you could say she was a sex fiend,
I met her in a hotel lobby masturbating with a magazine,
She said how’d you like to waste some time and I could not resist when I saw little Nikki grind.

Some other racy Prince songs and samples of the lyrics:

Let’s Pretend We’re Married

Excuse me but I need a mouth like yours
To help me forget the girl that just walked out my door
Let’s pretend we’re married and do it all night
I won’t stop until the morning light
Let’s pretend we’re married and go all night

Delirious

I get delirious whenever you’re near
Girl, you gotta take control ’cause I just can’t steer
You’re just to much to take
I can’t stop, I ain’t got no brakes
Girl, you gotta take me for a little ride up and down
In and out and around your lake

Gett Off

One, two, three, no, little cutie, I ain’t drinkin’ (Gett off)
Scope this, I was just thinkin’
You + me, what a ride
If you was thinkin’ the same
We could continue outside (Gett off)
Lay your pretty body against a parkin’ meter
Strip your dress down
Like I was strippin’ a Peter Paul’s Almond Joy
Lemme show you baby I’m a talented boy

In my garage…somewhere – there is a VHS tape of drunken 20-year-old me singing lyrics from this song. And in that box… it will stay! I was at my friend’s boyfriend’s house when it was recorded – and sitting on top of a chest freezer in his family’s garage. This is why I will never have “Hot Damn” Schnapp’s ever, ever again!

RIP, Prince! 😦

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “FOR ADULT READERS ONLY) – “Erotic City” by Prince – Porn For ’80s Tween Girls?

  1. A good read, thanks for sharing! I saw him twice here in Sweden – so thank you Prince for those funky nights! He could have called me up, whenever… 😂🙏

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