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Vanity 6

Warner Bros. Records

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Formed after the Controversy Tour, Prince’s spin-off girl band was named Vanity 6 (albeit only three members were in the group.) The project was an evolution from an earlier trio of singers Prince formed called The Hookers, with his assistant Jamie Shoop as lead, joined by sisters Loreen and Susan Moonsie. This line-up was changed in 1981 and the band took the name of the new lead, Denise “Vanity” Matthews – a model and Prince’s then girlfriend, and inspiration for their hit song Nasty Girl. She posed with Prince on his first cover photo of Rolling Stone, in 1983.

All tracks for the Vanity 6 album written or co-written by Prince but are credited to Vanity. They joined Prince as his opening act to the Triple Threat Tour, and the instruments for their live set were performed by The Time from behind a curtain.

Matthews quit the band in 1983 due to not wishing to appear in the movie Purple Rain as the lead female character. Their single Nasty Girl remained at number 1 on Billboard’s Dance chart for 4 weeks. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA, and a second album was planned but with Vanity’s role replaced by Patrica “Apollonia” Kotero and the band reformed as Apollonia 6. Prince performs every instrument on the Vanity 6 album, his production credit is under the name of The Starr ★ Company.

In 2019, Prince’s original studio demo, with his vocals, of Make-Up was released by Warner Brothers on Originals.

Vanity 6

Lead Vocals
Denise Matthews
Susan Moonsie
Brenda Bennett


The Starr ★ Company (Prince)
Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros. Records
38 years, 1 months ago on 11 August 1982
Running Time
US Chart Peak
UK Chart Peak
Orig. Formats


  1. Nasty Girl (5:10) 1
  2. Wet Dream (4:12)
  3. Drive Me Wild (2:31) 1
  4. He's So Dull (2:32) 1
  5. If A Girl Answers (Don't Hang Up) (5:34)
  6. Make-Up (2:40)
  7. Bite The Beat (3:12) 1
  8. 3 x 2 = 6 (5:24)

1 Released as singles.

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