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In 2012, I hand wrote 3-4 additional short stories. Revising, expanding, re-binding, and publishing my chapbook with more recent short stories are major goals. In November 2013, I made Writers Cafe's front page under the category, "Writer's to Watch." On May 24, 2016, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview the former bassist of White Zombie, Sean Yseult.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Song Saturday: Vanity's Nature Boy [Cover]


How's it going my gumdrops? Just when I was in the middle of blogging on my website, It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, there was another glitch. As if this week was NOT terrible already.

Speaking of terrible, literally 1 day after Valentine's Day, Denise Katrina Matthews also known as Prince's former protege, "Vanity" died from Renal Failure at age 57. This is not only surprising, but also tragic. It appears that more entertainers have been dying again, including this past week. Vanity just celebrated her 57th birthday on January 4th. Over 1 month later, she's dead. RIP VANITY!!!

I don't know about anyone else, but it seems like the year of 2016 will be worse than the last several years. I really dread what this year has in store for us all. 2016 got off to a brutal start with famous people, most specifically musicians dropping like flies.

As I was saying, Prince's former protege, Vanity died from Renal Failure on February 15, 2016. It's a good thing Prince hasn't died yet. Chances are great that my uncle would go postal over him dying because Prince has always been more of an idol to him than Jimi Hendrix. The man loves them both, although he favors Prince over Hendrix.

Personally speaking, I was never a huge Prince or Vanity fan growing up, during the 1980's and '90s. However, my youngest aunt and I both had our own parakeets named Prince and Vanity. She had a blue parakeet named Prince and I had a purple parakeet named Vanity.

More than 30 years later, I still feel that having a purple parakeet named Vanity is strange because Prince was about purple. He has an album called Purple Rain, for an example.

When my youngest aunt and I had our 2 parakeets, I was a pre-schooler. She claims that my parakeet, Vanity literally pecked her parakeet, Prince to death. Supposedly, Vanity pecked out all Prince's feathers and gave him a disease. Talk about a vicious bird.

Other than having 2 parakeets named after Prince and Vanity, I was NOT a huge fan of their songs. Growing up during the '80s, I listened to more Pop Music and Glam Metal. I listened to Rap Music as well, even though my mother did NOT allow me to listen Rap. Regardless, I always listened to whatever I wanted to growing up.

Earlier this week, I learned some interesting tidbits about Vanity. For example, I had no idea that Vanity and Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue were engaged in 1986. On YouTube, I stumbled upon an old interview with Arsenio Hall interviewing Vanity.

       Arsenio Hall Interviews Vanity (1986)


Watching the way that man salivated over Vanity repulsed me to no end. Growing up, my grandmother always ranted about how much she could NOT stand Arsenio and normally referred to him as a "lowlife." After watching his interview with Vanity as a 33 going on 34-year-old woman, I have to agree with her. Arsenio Hall reminds me of the scumbags from the street.

Meanwhile, I was annoyed watching Vanity act like a bimbo on stage. Not to speak ill of the dead, but she was literally a bimbo on crack or a crack whore. Vanity used so much crack throughout the 1980's, that she and Nikki Sixx broke off their engagement in 1987.  

The Howard Stern Show: "Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Explains Why He & Vanity Broke  Up" (2007)


By 1994, Vanity overdosed on crack and nearly died from Renal Failure. Because of the large amounts of cocaine she used throughout the decades, she began having kidney problems and had to go through a Peritoneal Dialysis 5 times a day.

After surviving her cocaine overdose in '94, she decided to become a "Born Again Christian" and went into Evangelism. In 1995, there was an '80s special on MTV, which was reflecting on music videos and groups from the 1980's. That's along with sharing updates about 1980's musicians.

Vanity explained in an MTV interview about her drug addiction as well as how she became "saved" and an evangelist. In addition, she began blaming Prince for her cocaine problems. As a 13-year-old girl at the time, I couldn't help rolling my eyes at Vanity's interview.

Unless Prince physically forced Vanity down and made her use cocaine, or slipped it in her drinks, he is not at fault. She chose to become a drug addict. Don't get me wrong. I think it's wonderful that Vanity quit using drugs and changed her life for the better.

All the while, Vanity acting self-righteous and blaming Prince for being a crack whore was and continues to be bullshit. I completely empathize with her wanting to change her life for the better and leaving her scandalous past behind. In spite of the past, Vanity really needed to take ownership for her dumb choices. Hopefully, the woman did before dying.

Before I forget, I learned something else about Vanity, that I found to be interesting. Like a few other singers in the past including the late David Bowie, Vanity did a cover of the old Nat King Cole song, "Nature Boy."

In 1989, Vanity made a cameo appearance on Friday The 13th: The Series as a Pop singer named, Angelica. It was on Season 2: Episode 20 titled, "The Secret Agenda of Mesmer's Bauble." In that same episode, it featured Vanity's cover of Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy."

You may be assuming that I'm half-assing today's blog. I really hope this is NOT the case. This has been quite a rough week and I almost didn't publish ANY Song Saturday blog for today. Rather than doing an entire block of Vanity songs, I thought I would share this extremely rare cover of Vanity singing "Nature Boy" for today's Song Saturday.


   Vanity "Nature Boy" [Cover] Friday The 13th: The Series (1989)


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2 comments:

  1. Nice, I was into her and Prince big time. I discovered Prince one morning when my alarm clock radio went off and When Doves Cry was playing. I had never heard it before and right away I recognized a new vibe and I was hooked. I heard that David Bowie isn't dead, he just changed into another persona. There is some evidence to back this up.

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    1. I enjoyed some of Prince's songs throughout the decades. The last song I heard from him was "Black Sweat," which was a little over 10 years ago. At that time, I was in my senior year at Carthage College.

      Over these last 2 decades, it really annoyed me having to listen to Vanity act like she was sanctimonious. It only showed that she was overcompensating for her past.

      Like I said earlier, I'm glad that Vanity stopped using drugs and changed her life. She was really ashamed of herself as a person as well as her past. At the same time, Vanity could not blame Prince for everything.

      I'm mostly surprised with the fact, that she and Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue were ENGAGED. All I ever heard about was Prince and Vanity and her blaming Prince for her drug problems.

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