It’s been slow for music this week… so I decided to do something a little different and do a little throwback piece. If some of you are Prince fans, you may be familiar with his then-edgy group, Vanity 6. Vanity 6 was formed during the “1999″ era of Prince’s career. Originally called “The Hookers,” Vanity 6 released their first and only album, “Nasty Girl” in 1983 with their manager, Jamie Starr, who, later, fans found out was really Prince. Although credited in their album as being written and produced by the group’s members, Vanity, Susan Moonsie and Brenda Bennett, fans found out that the music and whole group’s concept was really the brain child of Prince. Vanity was never known for her voice, but her stage presence and abbrassive personality. And it was clear to Prince’s peers that he was keeping her around for her looks and his attraction for her.
Vanity was expelled from the group during the filming of Purple Rain for her concaine addiction and for her constant lateness and disorderly conduct during the filming process. and was replaced by the actress Apollonia Kotero, and the group was redubbed Apollonia 6. Vanity went on to have a mediocre solo and acting career, while still being addicted to cocaine.
Vanity, whose real name is Denise Matthews, is now a born-again Christian, after commenting her life to God on her death bed. Apollonia 6 released their one and only single, “Sex Shooter” in 1984, with the release of Purple Rain. Vanity, now Denise Matthews again, now has her own ministry and no longer even recognizes her former celebrity.