Nasty Girl (Vanity 6 song)

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"Nasty Girl"
Single by Vanity 6
from the album Vanity 6
B-side "Drive Me Wild"
Released September 24, 1982[1]
Format 7", 12" vinyl single
Genre Synth-funk[2]
Length 5:12 (Album Version)
2:55 (Single Version)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Prince[3]
Producer(s) Prince (as The Starr Company)
Vanity 6 singles chronology
"He's So Dull"
(1982)
"Nasty Girl"
(1982)
"Drive Me Wild"
(1982)

"Nasty Girl" is a song written and composed by American musician Prince. The song was first recorded by his protégé girl group Vanity 6 in 1982, who charted at number one on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart with their version. Prince gave the songwriting credit to lead singer Vanity,[4] although he was the writer and composer.[3] Inaya Day recorded a hit cover version of the song in 2004 that reached number 9 in the UK Singles Chart. There have also been several other versions of this song.

Vanity 6 version[edit]

Background[edit]

"Nasty Girl" was originally recorded by Vanity 6 on the Warner Bros. Records label for their self-titled debut studio album Vanity 6. The song was produced by Prince and issued as the album's second single on September 24, 1982. Due to its explicit lyrics, "Nasty Girl" met with resistance on mainstream American radio, peaking within the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. It did, however, become a sizable hit on US R&B radio and it hit number one on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart for four weeks in November 1982. The song was knocked off the number one position by Prince's "1999". "Nasty Girl" reached number 7 on the Dutch singles chart in November 1982,[5] and number 11 on the Belgian (Flanders) chart in December 1982.[6] Lead singer Vanity, who later became a Christian preacher, subsequently denounced the song and told members of her congregation who listened to the song to "keep praying for the Holy Spirit".[7]

Track listings[edit]

U.S. 7"
  1. "Nasty Girl" (2:55)
  2. "Drive Me Wild" (2:30)
U.S. 12" Promo
  1. "Nasty Girl" (LP version) (5:12)
  2. "Nasty Girl" (Single version) (2:55)

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Belgium (Flanders) (Ultratop) 11[6]
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 7[5]
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1[8]
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 1[9]

Appearances in other media[edit]

Inaya Day version[edit]

"Nasty Girl"
Single by Inaya Day
Released 2004
Length 4:57
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Mousse T.
Inaya Day singles chronology
"Stand By Me"
(2004)
"Nasty Girl"
(2004)
"The Glamorous Life"
(2005)

Background[edit]

In 2004, American singer Inaya Day recorded a cover version of "Nasty Girl" and her version became quite successful. It was released in Australia, peaking at number 18 and remaining on the chart for 11 weeks there[10] and hit number 1 on the ARIA Club chart. It was released in the UK the same year, peaking at number 9 on the UK Singles Chart.

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Nasty Girl" (Ivan Gough Radio Edit)
  2. "Nasty Girl" (Mousse T & So Phat Club Mix)
  3. "Nasty Girl" (John Course & Mr Timothy ReRub)
  4. "Nasty Girl" (Luke Bowditch Mix)
  5. "Nasty Girl" (Phuture Grooves: Ajax & Damon Boyd Mix)
  6. "Nasty Girl" (Wei-Shen & Marcos Mix)

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Chart 18[11]
UK Singles Chart 9

Other versions[edit]

  • In 1993, rap trio Nuttin' Nyce covered the song for their album Down 4 Whateva....
  • In 1997, Dutch girl group Sex U All released their version of the song.
  • In 2008, pop singer Lene Alexandra covered the song for her album Welcome To The Sillycone Valley.
  • Lil' Kim performed the song on her European tour in 2009.

Sampling[edit]

  • In 1996, rapper Foxy Brown sampled the song for the original version of "I'll Be", but was disapproved.
  • In 2000, Tech N9ne sampled the chorus for his song entitled "Nasty Girl" off his album "Celcius".
  • In 2001, producer Pharrell sampled the song for Britney Spears's hit "I'm a Slave 4 U".
  • In 2010, Jazmine Sullivan sampled the song on "Don't Make Me Wait Too Long" from her album Love Me Back.
  • In 1982, Rap artists Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hype sampled the song for "The Challenge", but was pulled for copyright infringement.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Single: Nasty Girl
  2. ^ Abramovitch, Seth (February 15, 2016). "Prince Discovery Vanity Dies at 57". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Ascap.com
  4. ^ "Song credits". Discogs. 
  5. ^ a b "dutchcharts.nl > Discografie Vanity 6" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  6. ^ a b "Ultratop > Vanity 6 — Nasty Girl" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  7. ^ "Vanity denounces music that made her famous". Jet. 30 Jun 1997. p. 32. 
  8. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p21236
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2005). Bubbling Under The Billboard Hot 100 1959-2004 (2nd ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 277. ISBN 0-89820-162-4. 
  10. ^ Australians-charts Inaya Day
  11. ^ Australian Charts
Preceded by
"Don't Go" by Yazoo
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
November 6, 1982 - November 27, 1982 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"1999" by Prince