Another year, another female protégée for Prince: in this case, former ballet and jazz dancer Carmen Electra, who has just made her sonic debut on his Paisley Park label. We wish her well we really do but we're also a little concerned, given the fate of past Prince spin-offs:
VANITY (real name: Denise Matthews) Life With Prince: Lead singer of Vanity 6, one of Prince's first puppet bands. Life After Prince: Playboy model and costar of such meaningful dramas as The Last Dragon and Action Jackson. She has recently become a born-again Christian and continues her thespian career with roles in TV dramas like Jackie Collins' ''Lady Boss.''
APOLLONIA (Patricia Kotero) Life With Prince: Costar of Purple Rain and lead singer of the group Apollonia 6, which replaced Vanity 6 in Prince's studio boudoir. Life After Prince: Displayed her ability to stretch as an actress by playing a pop singer named Apollonia during the 1985-86 season of Falcon Crest. Busted for suspicion of possession of pot in 1989 while doing ''research'' for a role in a low-budget movie. She paid a $75 fine.
WENDY (Melvoin) and LISA (Coleman) Life With Prince: Guitarist and keyboardist, respectively, with the Revolution until Prince disbanded the group in 1986; also had roles in Purple Rain. Life After Prince: Had one modest hit single (''Waterfall,'' 1987) but failed to repeat that success. Attempted a comeback with a movie theme song; unfortunately, the movie was Toys.
CAT (Cathy Glover) Life With Prince: Former Chicago ''club dancer'' who shimmied and sang backup on his Lovesexy album and tour. Life After Prince: Moved to London, where she recorded an album that Warner Bros. chose not to release. Current activities unknown, but there's always club dancing....
KIM BASINGER Life With Prince: Supposed paramour during Batman (1989); contributed spicy backup moanings to an extended mix of that soundtrack's ''Scandalous.'' Life After Prince: Recorded an album that Giant Records chose not to release (sound familiar?); starred in flop 1992 films Cool World and Final Analysis.