On this day in music history: August 11, 1982 - The self-titled album by Vanity 6 is released. Produced by Prince (aka “The Starr Company”), it is recorded at Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, MN, and Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA from March - April 1982. The female vocal trio is created as an outlet for Prince’s prolific songwriting output (though the songs will be credited to the individual group members on the record). Originally dubbed “The Hookers”, Prince will pair his then girlfriend Denise Matthews (aka “Vanity”) together with his former girlfriend Susan Moonsie, and wardrobe mistress Brenda Bennett, forming the group. Prince’s personal assistant Jamie Shoop was initially to be the third member, but she is dropped from the group after he meets and begins a relationship with Matthews. Playing most of the instruments himself, Prince will also enlist assistance from bandmate Dez Dickerson and Time members Jesse Johnson and Terry Lewis who will co-write songs. The album’s initial single, “He’s So Dull” will fail to make an impact, and is quickly followed up with “Nasty Girl”. The sexually provocative and funky track will become an immediate smash on club dance floors, also becoming a solid hit on R&B radio. Original vinyl copies of the album will feature labels that read “Side 1 and Side 6”. It will spin off three singles including “Nasty Girl” (#7 R&B, #1 Club Play, #101 Pop) and “Drive Me Wild”. Originally released on CD in 1988, the album has been out of print since the mid 90’s, commanding a premium price on the collector’s market due to its enduring popularity. “Vanity 6” will peak at #6 on the Billboard R&B album chart, #45 on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.