Taking a trip back to 1984, "Darling Nikki" is a track that we shall not forget. I recall listening to this song in my room with giant noise cancelling headphones plugged into my stereo with the Home Alone look on my face.
I don't know why I was shocked since Prince had already released several sexual, if not raunchy, songs prior to this one. I mean the man did have an album titled Dirty Minds.
I guess it was the shock of hearing it on the radio. Apparently back then you could get away with so much more than you can now. I guess the FCC cracked down hard because man, they seemed to play just about any of his songs in full-length and uncensored.
As you now, "Darling Nikki" was released in 1984 as the fifth track off the Purple Rain album. It's a song that we would now say is NSFW and one that we did not play in front of parents back then.
People have dissected this song for years. Initially, I'd heard that Nikki was about a prostitute that Prince met for a one night stand. I'd also heard that the song is about a sadistic dominatrix that he'd met on tour.
No matter who the song is about or how he came to meet Nikki, "Darling Nikki" is an R&B meets Rock & Roll sex on wax track. It's like pornography for your ears and the beat makes you move whether you want to or not. It's a wind and grind song that should only be played with a single red light glowing.