Vanity 6

Vanity 6

Girl group put together by Prince in the early 1980s. Only released one album, and scored a dance club hit with "Nasty Girl."

Frontwoman Vanity (aka Denise Matthews) left the group to pursue a solo career just before filming began for Purple Rain. Her role in the film (as well as the single "Sex Shooter") were passed along to Apollonia and Apollonia 6 appeared in the film instead of Vanity 6.
Vanity gave up her stage name and became a born-again Christian in 1994, the year she almost died from the effects of smoking crack cocaine. She recalled that after being rushed to the hospital, doctors said she had three days to live while on life support. After a kidney transplant in 1997, she decided to devote her life to evangelism. Matthews suffered from sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis, a rare complication of a peritoneal dialysis, and died in a Fremont, California hospital on February 15, 2016, at the age of 57.

Vanity 6 Discography


Vanity 6 Vanity 6 (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records Germany 1982 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Vanity 6 Nasty Girl (Maxi, Single) Warner Bros. Records Australia 1982 Sell This Version
Vanity 6 Drive Me Wild (Maxi) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records US 1982 Sell This Version
Vanity 6 He's So Dull (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1982 Sell This Version
Vanity 6 Bite The Beat (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1982 Sell This Version
The New Power Generation / Vanity 6 The New Power Generation / Vanity 6 - Girl 6 / Nasty Girl (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1996 Sell This Version

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May 4, 2016
The film Girl 6 and friends for sale featured a lot of masters of Vanity stuff but he wrote it all and claimed to have all originals album from all the eras including hers in the vaults . She threw away all the Vanity stuff but found more boxes perhaps from Prince . I would expect that the heirs have a hell of a estate tax and will release an Anthology type box hopefully with Sheila E involved , its a lot of her percussion and its all probably a mess worth around a Billion .


April 9, 2014
I have to think that
contrary to the Discogs bio, Vanity left the Prince camp during (and not before) the filming of 'Purple Rain.' In an early scene in the movie, the name "Apollonia" is very obviously dubbed over when Morris Day mentions the name "Vanity." I have to wonder how different the movie would have been if Vanity had been in 'Purple Rain' rather than Apollonia.


May 25, 2011
edited over 3 years ago
Vanity is a Canadian Artist who moved to America to work with prince,her early work is somewhat hard to find,she became a born again Christian preacher in America and all her early collection (master tapes) supposedly were destroyed by her authority


January 3, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
Have to agree with user "vanity6" there: the demo version of Sex Shooter, although almost impossible to find as far as I know, schools the version Apollonia 6 recorded. It's long, darker, much more electro and funky, and has a call-and-response chant thing going on in the end: "New York!" "Uh huh?" "I want you to count to eight." "Eight!" "As soon as I get undressed y'all clap your hands okay?" "Okay!" Sho'nuff funky goodness.


January 16, 2004
If you like Vanity 6, download the song "Vibrator". It was recorded for the "Vanity 6" album, but was left off. It would have fit perfectly, as it has the same new wave/funk beat, and saucy lyrics. Yes, it's about what you think it is, with a hilarious cameo by Prince in the breakdown and Vanity once again perfecting her moans. There is also a demo version by Vanity of Apollonia 6's "Sex Shooter" that should be looked for. I think it's better than Apollonia's version...

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