Apollonia 6 (album)

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Apollonia 6
Apollonia6.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1, 1984
RecordedDecember 1983 – March 1984 at Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood
Genre
Length34:05
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerPrince (as The Starr ★ Company)
Singles from Apollonia 6
  1. "Sex Shooter"
    Released: 1984
  2. "Blue Limousine"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Apollonia 6 is the only studio album released by R&B vocal trio and Prince-protégés Apollonia 6.

The album was initially to be the second release by the Prince-formed group Vanity 6, but when lead singer Vanity departed Prince's camp, the musician hired Apollonia Kotero, thus changing the group's name and album.

Apollonia 6, the album, primarily features the vocals of Kotero and Bennett with backing vocals by Wendy & Lisa and Jill Jones (Susan Moonsie only recorded one song for this album). The album spawned only one hit, "Sex Shooter", which was performed by the group in the film Purple Rain.

Although the album was released primarily on vinyl and audio cassette (Warner Bros. 9 25108), a CD version of the album was released in Japan (W.B. WPCP-3701). The CD has become a highly sought-after collectible.

Apollonia 6 had a fair chart run, but is considered by some to be a viable part of the Minneapolis sound.[2]

Track listing[3][edit]

# Title Credited writer(s)1 Length
1. "Happy Birthday, Mr. Christian" Apollonia Kotero, The Revolution, Brenda Bennett, Susan Moonsie 7:06
2. "Sex Shooter" Apollonia Kotero 3:39
3. "Blue Limousine" Brenda Bennett 6:19
4. "A Million Miles (I Love You)" Brenda Bennett 5:51
5. "Ooo She She Wa Wa" Susan Moonsie 4:10
6. "Some Kind of Lover" Brenda Bennett 4:48
7. "In a Spanish Villa" Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin 2:12

1. All the songs on this album were actually written by Prince, but the songwriting credits were given to the group's members.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Prince (as The Starr ★ Company)
  • Recorded, engineered and mixed by Peggy McCreary & The Starr ★ Company
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman

Singles[edit]

Title Release Peak chart positions
US US
Dance
US
R&B
"Sex Shooter" 1984 85 7 7
"Blue Limousine" 19
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Cover versions[edit]

"Sex Shooter" was covered by T.H.E.M. Thee Human Ego Maniacs in 2002, by both Firefox and Coco Electrik in 2006, by Frost in 2008, and by both Erika Jayne and Cahill featuring Nikki Belle in 2009.

"Oo She She Wa Wa" was covered by Snax featuring Peaches on his 2004 LP From the Rocking Chair to the Stage, released on Mental Groove Records.

Popular culture[edit]

The last names of the members of Apollonia 6 appeared on screen as race car drivers in Season 2, Episode 11 of the FX animated series Archer (2009 TV series).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r795
  3. ^ "Track listing". Discogs.
  4. ^ "Happy Birthday, Mr. Christian". ASCAP.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Sex Shooter". ASCAP.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Blue Limousine". ASCAP.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Ooo She She Wa Wa". ASCAP.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Some Kind of Lover". ASCAP.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "In a Spanish Villa". ASCAP.[permanent dead link]