*I’ve given a lot of thought to who Denise Matthews was since Monday. Thought long about what she stood for since her passing on February 15.
Once popular for expressing her Vanity, she sang lyrics about erotic destinations and being intimate. As the lead vocalist of Prince-produced trio Vanity 6, she asked if we wanted to accompany her to her “own little nasty world.”
As fictional pop star Laura Charles in 1985 film “The Last Dragon“ she sang, “I found a place, finally found a place.” A pre-teen at that time, I found Vanity extremely attractive. More than likely I wished that place was her own little nasty world too.
As a young boy I was fascinated by Matthews’ Vanity. Initially, I didn’t understand why. I was 6-years-old when she and her group mates strutted across our television screen in lingerie. As much as I enjoyed the infectious groove of their 1982 hit “Nasty Girl,” I didn’t dance when the video came on. In fact, aside from the occasional eye blink I didn’t move much at all. When she sang “7th Heaven” as Charles I was a bit older, slapping five in a movie theater with my closest friends. Hearing her sing “undress me” as Sydney Ash in 1988’s “Action Jackson,” my raging hormones wanted nothing more. And I got my wish. There’s a scene where Vanity got completely undressed in front of a mirror. As much as I liked what I saw, I’d learn later in life that Matthews didn’t. As it turned out, her celebrity life shared a commonality with her 1984 debut solo single; it was a “Pretty Mess.”
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