Sex Shooter

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Sex Shooter

Apollonia6 album.jpg
from the album Apollonia 6
Originals album artwork
from the album Originals
Sexshooter single.jpg
single art for Sex Shooter
Song details
Performer: Apollonia 6; Prince
First Released: 31 August 1984 - Sex Shooter single
7 June 2019 - Originals album (Prince version)
Album(s): Apollonia 6
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Apollonia 6)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to The Starr* Company and Apollonia 6 on Apollonia 6)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Sex Shooter is the second track on Apollonia 6’s first and only album Apollonia 6, and, four weeks before the album’s release, Sex Shooter was releases as the album’s first single. As such, the song is the first to be credited to Apollonia 6. Sex Shooter was written by Prince, but credited to Apollonia 6. The track is also featured in the movie Purple Rain, as Apollonia 6’s performance in the movie.

Basic tracking took place on 30 April 1983 at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, the same day as Promise To Be True, and the track was originally planned for a second album by Vanity 6. It is unclear however if Vanity cut vocals for the song on this day or at a later occasion. When Vanity decided not to participate in the Purple Rain movie and left the group and, Prince restructured the group as Apollonia 6, after casting Apollonia for the project in September or October 1983. New lead vocals were recorded by her and Prince worked on the track further in October and November.

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

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
30 April 1983 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Summer 1983 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Vocal overdubs by Brenda Bennett, Jill Jones and possibly Susan Moonsie
Mid-October 1983 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Apollonia lead vocal overdubs, first attempt
6 November 1983 (estimate) Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Apollonia lead vocal overdubs, second attempt
22 March 1984 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Edit for 7"
Recording Personnel

Apollonia 6 version

Prince version (on Originals)

  • Prince - all instruments and vocals

Vanity 6 version

  • Vanity - lead vocals
  • Prince - all instruments, except where noted

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Sex Shooter 3:39 Apollonia 6

Sex Shooter promo

Sex Shooter (Edit) 3:00 Sex Shooter single

Strange Tales From The Rain promotional album

Sex Shooter (Long Version) 6:45 Sex Shooter single

Blue Limousine single

Extended version a.k.a. Sex Shooter (Dance Remix)
Sex Shooter 3:06 Originals Prince vocal version released in 2019
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Sex Shooter 4:36 Purple Rain 20th Anniversary DVD Promo video See Sex Shooter video for more details
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
She’s Always In My Hair 3:27 Raspberry Beret single

Paisley Park single
Girls & Boys single
The Hits / The B-Sides

Studio See Trivia
She’s Always In My Hair (New Mix) 6:31 Raspberry Beret single


Extended Version Original full-length recording; a.k.a. She’s Always In My Hair (12" Version)
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Sex Shooter Studio Original Vanity 6 version
Sex Shooter Studio Vanity 6 version with different backing music
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The title is a wordplay on "Six Shooter", another name for a revolver (gun) that holds six cartridges.
  • Prince took the four-note riff heard at 0:09 from Sex Shooter and slowed it down to create a sequence that comes between “she’s always there” and “telling me how much she cares” at the 0:43 mark of She’s Always In My Hair; that song was listed as Sex Shooter on the studio work order.

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