Vanity 6 ‎– Vanity 6

Warner Bros. Records (2) ‎– 9 23716-2
CD, Album, Unofficial Release

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1 Nasty Girl
Lead Vocals – VanityWritten-By – Vanity 6
2 Wet Dream
Lead Vocals – VanityWritten-By – Vanity 6
3 Drive Me Wild
Written-By, Lead Vocals – Susan*
4 He's So Dull
Lead Vocals – VanityWritten-By – D. Dickerson*, Vanity
5 If A Girl Answers (Don't Hang Up)
Lead Vocals [Co-lead] – Brenda*, VanityWritten-By – Terry Lewis, Vanity 6
6 Make-Up
Written-By, Lead Vocals – Susan*
7 Bite The Beat
Lead Vocals – Brenda*Written-By – Brenda*, Jesse J*
8 3X2=6
Written-By, Lead Vocals – Vanity

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Unofficial release: the barcode is missing (blank field), on the disc a different font is used, track 8 is misspelt as "3X2=6" (instead of 3 X 2 = 6) and the mirror band is missing

Not to be confused with
Vanity 6 - Vanity 6 (official release with barcode. On the disc the tracklist is in alignment and the mirror band is present)

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
9 23716-1, 1-23716 Vanity 6 Vanity 6(LP, Album, Win) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 23716-1, 1-23716 US 1982 Sell This Version
9 23716-1, 1-23716 Vanity 6 Vanity 6(LP, Album, Club) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 23716-1, 1-23716 US 1982 Sell This Version
WB 57 023 Vanity 6 Vanity 6(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records WB 57 023 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
9 23716-2 Vanity 6 Vanity 6(CD, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records 9 23716-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
4-23716, 23716-4 Vanity 6 Vanity 6(Cass, Album, Do) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 4-23716, 23716-4 US 1982 Sell This Version


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January 14, 2013
The thing is, Vanity 6 is a manufactured masterpiece. Partially a mixed bag of oddities, Prince may hide behind a moniker here, but altogether doesn't even try hiding his sexual appetite, pouring it into lascivious songs, sang by three attractive women (he named them after three pairs of breasts - hence the phrase "3x2=6"), while complimenting this early 80s funk ambitions of his with a subversive slab of electronic beats that at times sound ever so dangerously close to DAF, while also pre-date Miss Kittins and Adult.s of today (Tamion 12 Inch even directly borrowed from "Make-Up" to create their own masterpiece, called "Fuck You Tami").

"Nasty Girl", "Wet Dream" or "He's So Dull" reflect Prince at his most typical (and somewhat too sleezy; "He's So Dull" sounds like a song that never made it to the Flashdance movie soundtrack, the adorable "Wet Dream" sounds like an early take of "I Could Never Take the Place Of Your Man"), while masterpieces like "Drive me wild" and "Make up" are more to do with early Mute Records' repertoire than that of Prince (or the Revolution's). "Bite the Beat" on the other hand is charmingly close to the sound of The B-52's (think of a "Whammy!" demo of sorts). In all, "Vanity 6" is fun to listen to - naive, but at the same time there is something twisted bubbling in the background of it all. A truly recommended listen.


June 28, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
An essential funk/synthpop album, which is the perfect epitomy of Prince's then brilliant producer talent. My personal highlights here are Nasty Girl and I A Girl Answers (Don't Hang Up). The first seems to have been, well, a big "inspiration" for the Neptunes-produced "I'm A Slave For You" by Britney (listen to the rhythm!) - but you can also find references to this huge funk cut in other r'n'b tracks, such as Joyce 'Fenderella' Irby's "Let's Do It". The second is worth the listen for Prince part alone (he plays the part of an 'irresistible bitch' having an argument with the Vanity 6 girls).


May 28, 2004

Classic funk! So what if Vanity was replaced by Apollonia when she didn't make the final cut to star opposite Prince in Purple Rain? The 'heart & soul' of Vanity 6/Apollonia 6 were in the writing and production of the songs - handled of course by Prince (as Jamie Starr) and Jam & Lewis of the then fledgling Time. All that withstanding, this one's worth listening to just to hear Vanity and Brenda catfighting via the phone with another girl (voice supplied by a vocoded Prince)... this is when Prince and his entourage were truly at their best.