It was an extra sad day for music yesterday. Taylor Swift won Album of the Year at the Grammys, and much more importantly, we lost the artist us 80s kids know as Vanity. Before Denise “Vanity” Matthews made heaven a much more glamorous place, she hadn’t talked to her one-time mentor and piece Prince for a while because she went solo and later went all born again Christian. Even though Vanity and Jehovah’s Sexiest Witness haven’t talked to each other in a while, her death hit him hard in the heart and he spoke about her a few times last night at his show in Melbourne.
The Herald Sun says that the hummingbird juice-dipped purple dandelion dedicated “Little Red Corvette” to her. Also, while performing “The Ladder,” he changed the name “Electra” to her name so the lyric went: “This Prince, he had a subject named Vanity who loved him with a passion, uncontested.” And after his encore, he sang “The Beautiful Ones” for her.
After an encore Prince returned to the stage noting “I am new to this playing alone. I thank you all for being so patient. I’m trying to stay focused, it’s a little heavy for me tonight. Just keep jamming … She knows about this one.” That introduced a truly incredible version of The Beautiful Ones, another song from the Vanity era (she was the original choice for lead in the Purple Rain movie), the song ending with Prince changing “my knees” for “Denise … Denise”.
Prince also called her the finest woman in the world and told the audience about the time he made his bodyguard throw her in the pool since he’s the size of a butterfly’s clit and couldn’t do it:
“Can I tell you a story about Vanity? Or should I tell you a story about Denise? Her and I used to love each other deeply. She loved me for the artist I was, I loved her for the artist she was trying to be. She and I would fight. She was very headstrong cause she knew she was the finest woman in the world. She never missed an opportunity to tell you that.”
Prince then opened up about a fight where he threatened to throw Vanity in the pool. She said “You can’t throw me in the pool, you’re too little”. He then asked his six foot bodyguard Chick to do the dirty work for him.
“I probably shouldn’t be telling this story,“ he said, “but she’d want us to celebrate her life and not mourn her.”
Prince just couldn’t help himself and had to squirt out a touch of bitchiness with that “never missed an opportunity to tell you that” line. Prince is probably still mad over the fact that anytime he and Vanity were together, she’d be the most beautiful woman in the room instead of him! But Prince usually comes off as cold as the tip of January Jones’ heart in an ice storm, so that was a sweet tribute. I just wish he would’ve went all the way by performing Vanity 6’s greatest unreleased masterpiece “Vibrator.” Eat your heart out:
It’s a shame that Prince and Vanity never reunited to turn their skit at the 4:00 mark into a full-on TV show. They were lovahs, partners in musical artistry and the comedy duo of 1983.
Pic: Rolling Stone