Vanity 6’s Album Information
Vanity 6 is the 1982 self-titled debut studio album by American R&B/Pop vocal girl group Vanity 6 released on Warner Bros. Records. The group had been created by Prince as an outlet for his prolific song writing. All three women in the group (Vanity, Brenda Bennett, Susan Moonsie) shared lead and background vocals. As was typical for Prince’s side projects, he obscured his virtually complete responsibility for the production, songwriting, and instrumental performances by arbitrarily attributing the credits to other members of his musical stable or the fictional “The Starr Company”. “If a Girl Answers (Don’t Hang Up)” was co-written with The Time member Terry Lewis and “Bite the Beat” was co-written with Jesse Johnson.
“He’s So Dull” was written by Dez Dickerson and can be heard briefly in the 1983 film National Lampoon’s Vacation. The “other woman” rap on the song “If a Girl Answers (Don’t Hang Up)” is performed by Prince in an affected voice whose resemblance to that of The Time’s lead singer Morris Day has sometimes led to Day being misidentified as the performer.
The album was originally released on August 11, 1982 by Warner Bros. Records on LP and cassette. A compact disc was issued in September 1988. All three formats are now out of print. Vinyl copies of the album were pressed with “Side 1” and “Side 6” on the label. The album was later certified gold by the RIAA in 1983 a year after its release due in large part to the smash success of Prince’s 1999. This would be the only album released by Vanity
Released: August 11, 1982
Recorded: March–April, 1982
Label: Warner Bros.
Producer: Prince (as The Starr ★ Company)
1. “Nasty Girl”
2. “Wet Dream”
3. “Drive Me Wild”
4. “He’s So Dull”
Writer(s): Dez Dickerson
1. “If a Girl Answers (Don’t Hang Up)”
Writer(s): Prince, Terry Lewis
3. “Bite the Beat”
Writer(s): Prince, Jesse Johnson
4. “3 x 2 = 6”
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