Make-Up

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Make-Up

Vanity6 album.jpg
from the album Vanity 6
Originals album artwork
from the album Originals
Song details
Performer: Vanity 6; Prince
First Released: 11 August 1982 - Vanity 6 album
7 June 2019 - Originals album (Prince version)
Album(s): Vanity 6
Originals
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Susan Moonsie)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to The Starr* Company and Vanity 6)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • This track is not known to have been performed live as part of a Prince show other than on the 1999 Tour.

Make-Up is the sixth track on Vanity 6’s first and only album Vanity 6. The track was written, produced and largely performed by Prince (as was the rest of the album). Five months after the album’s release, it was included as the b-side of He’s So Dull, the album’s third single.

While specific recording dates are unknown, basic tracking took place in Summer 1981 at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions that produced Wet Dream, Drive Me Wild and I Need A Man). The tracks were intended for an album by The Hookers, which was abandoned in Fall 1981, and which later evolved into Vanity 6. Vocal overdubs by Vanity and Brenda Bennett were added in Spring, 1982, when the band had evolved into Vanity 6.

In 2019, Prince’s own version was released as the fifth track on the posthumous album Originals.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Summer 1981 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
Spring 1982 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Vocal overdubs by Vanity and Brenda Bennett
Spring 1982 (assumed) Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
Remix
Recording Personnel

Vanity 6 version

The Hookers version

Prince version (on Originals)

  • Prince - all instruments and vocals


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Make-Up 2:40 Vanity 6

He’s So Dull single
Drive Me Wild single

Studio
Make-Up 2:27 Originals Prince vocal version released in 2019


Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
I Don’t Wanna Leave You 6:30 What Time Is It?

The Walk 12" single

Studio 30 seconds of an unreleased remix of Make-Up were mixed at the end of I Don’t Wanna Leave You
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Make-Up Studio Original The Hookers version before vocal overdubs
Make-Up Remix 30 seconds of this unreleased remix were mixed at the end of I Don’t Wanna Leave You
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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