1. Happy Birthday, Mr. Christian
2. Sex Shooter
3. Blue Limousine
4. A Million Miles (I Love You)
5. Ooo She She Wa Wa
6. Some Kind Of Lover
7. In A Spanish Villa
Format: VBR V0 MP3
[View Comments To Listen]
Before the blockbuster movie/soundtrack/album Purple Rain was put into motion, plans were to include That Guy’s then-support acts, The Time, and Vanity 6. However, the latter’s lead singer and namesake departed from the crew, prompting That Guy to find a replacement. She was found in one Patricia Kotero, an actress/singer who at the time, could be seen in Ray Parker Jr’s “The Other Woman” video (the second, MTV-friendly version) as well as Knight Rider among other films and programs. It didn’t hurt that she had a similar stunning look to Vanity, which made her a perfect cast as the romantic lead of Purple Rain. Given the name Apollonia, where Vanity 6 ended, Apollonia 6 would resume.
Overall, the music contained here is of a more consistent and carefully-crafted quality to Vanity 6, although it does not have a knock-down killer track like that album does in “Nasty Girl”. “Sex Shooter”, a Purple Funk number in the vein of the post-1999 B-sides, attempts to reach those heights, but does not quite make it. On the album, just as it really starts to gather steam, the song immediately transitions to “Blue Limousine”, an enjoyable song with a somewhat sad lyric (and as was known of That Guy, some sneaky lyrics. Listen to the part that follows, “He likes them pretty…”). “A Million Miles (I Love You)” is an absolute keeper, rounding out an enjoyable sequence of songs. Brenda, of course, in her continued role as vocal anchor of the album, is lead on this particular track. Susan takes lead on “Ooh She She Wa Wa”, an energetic new-wavy number. “Some Kind Of Lover” is more Minneapolis funk of the slow-stomping variety, and here it is evident that Apollonia’s voice is rather heavy when compared to Vanity’s, which purposely did not do more than she was asked on the album prior. This does not detract from the record, thankfully.
As it was, Apollonia’s time with That Guy was limited only to this album and Purple Rain; afterward, she departed to pursue other avenues in entertainment (though she did return to the recording studio some years later). As a result, this album was treated much like a one-off throwaway, despite its more careful tuning. For example, one song intended for this record, “Manic Monday”, found a home with the Bangles (some may have said that That Guy handed it to them, as a means of to “communicate” with bandmember Susanna Hoffs). Given its “one-off” status, this album is incredibly hard to find, and goes for ridiculous amounts on the open market, as it has had scant release since its original 1984 issue.