Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Vanity 6, featuring Denise Matthews – Nasty Girl

21 Feb

Denise Matthews

Denise Matthews

A lot of us who were dancing in clubs in the 80’s can probably picture themselves moving to, or mouthing the words to, Vanity 6’s hit, Nasty Girl.  And, I saw on social media that hearing of the lead singer Vanity’s passing this week at the age of 57 due to kidney ailments, saddened many all over the world.

Vanity actually renounced her stage name and returned to her born name, Denise Matthews, in the late 1990’s. She had found God following an overdose on cocaine, and became an evangelist who spoke all over the country about her transformation.

Born in Ontario, Canada, Denise started modeling at a young age and came to New York in the early 1980’s to pursue modeling and acting. Catching the eye of Prince at the American Music Awards at that time, the two connected, started a romantic relationship, and Prince groomed her to take on the sexy persona of Vanity, and  the leader of the girl group, Vanity 6–something Denise resisted at first, but later relented, because, well…Prince.

After their breakup, Denise left Prince’s tutelage and went over to another record label, and missed out on appearing in the film Purple Rain, the role given instead to another up-and-coming Prince protege, Apollonia.  Though she missed out on that opportunity, she did star in other films, and it’s said she was the crush of many teen boys when she starred in the movie, The Last Dragon.  Denise was a beautiful woman, her roots a blend of her German and Polish, Jewish mother, and African-American father. She exuded sensuality when on stage, that is until she became a born-again Christian, and became more modest in dress and lifestyle.

I can remember dancing to Nasty Girl in some dark club somewhere in Boston in 1982…and if it was a night that I had had the right amount to drink I could imagine myself as uninhibited as Vanity and her back-up singers in their lace lingerie  and garter belts, too.

Rest in peace, Denise Matthews. Thank you for your contributions to music, and for following the path on which you feel you were chosen to walk.







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2 Responses to “Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Vanity 6, featuring Denise Matthews – Nasty Girl”

  1. Sherry Gordon February 27, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

    Dear Wendy Jane,

    Hello, there, Wendy Jane, my so, so very dearly special and dearly precious sister and friend who you are For Always so, so very much!!!!!!! Sister, wow, wow, wow and wow and wow and a zillion wows here-I just so, so very much love and like and just absolutely enjoy this very, very beautiful, beautiful, beautiful tribute for our late great Denise Matthews and the tribute to her Vanity 6, sisterfriend!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!! Finally, I am able to so very joyfully respond with my very heartfelt, detailed, and thorough comment in response to this absolutely fantastic blog post article and tribute of yours, sister!!!!!!! Sisterfriend, I so enjoy listening to this so cool song by our late great Denise Matthews with her Vanity 6! What nice singing with such sharp and sparkling musical instrumentation! I really like this song so! Sister, I don’t know as much about our late great Denise Matthews and her Vanity 6. I have always so enjoyed and liked this song for sure, though! I bet you had just the greatest fun at the club in Boston in 1982 just so finely grooving to this so cool song, sister!!!!!!(SMILE!!!!!!!). It is a really good song to dance to for certain, sisterfriend! You have just written with such beautifully lovely composition such an endearing, moving, and touching tribute for our late great Denise Matthews, and for her Vanite 6 sister!!!!!!!! Yay Wendy Jane yay!!!!!!!

    Sister, please have a very superbly super Saturday, wondrously wonderful weekend and week coming up next week, and may all of your days be so, so very especially blessed, Wendy Jane!!!!!!! Sisterfriend, YOU Wendy Jane, are my very joy and blessing, and your spectacular writings are such a greatly immense joy and blessing as I know for sure that your very many other very grateful and appreciative readers think the very same as well, sister!!!!!!! My friend, you are just the very greatest and the very best, Wendy Jane!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!

    Very Warmly and Sincerely For Always, my so, so very dearly special white friend who you are For Always so, so very much, Wendy Jane, with such Peace and Love To You For Always, my so, so very precious white sister, and with such Blessings and Even More Blessings To You For Always, my so, so very precious sisterfriend,

    Your lesbian black sisterfriend For Always in the very spirit and solidarity, Sherry Gordon

    • Wendy Jane February 27, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

      Thank you, Sherry! you enjoy your weekend, too.

      Wendy Jane

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