Ride on Time

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This article is about the Black Box song. For the MAX song, see Ride on Time (MAX song). For the Tatsuro Yamashita album, see Ride on Time (album).
"Ride on Time"
Single cover featuring model Katrin Quinol.
Single by Black Box
from the album Dreamland
B-side Remix
Released 19 July 1989
Format
Recorded 1988
Genre
Length 4:35 (album version)
6:27 (original version)
Label Groove Groove Melody
Writer(s)
  • Dan Hartman
  • Mirko Limoni
  • Daniele Davoli
  • Valerio Semplici
Producer(s) Groove Groove Melody
Certification Platinum (UK)
Black Box singles chronology
"Ride on Time"
(1989)
"I Don't Know Anybody Else"
(1990)

"Ride on Time" is a 1989 song recorded by the band Black Box. It was later released on their 1990 debut LP Dreamland. The song was a chart success in many countries and a number-one hit in the UK[3] and Ireland.

Music and lyrics[edit]

The song was written and produced by the Italian production team Groove Groove Melody, consisting of DJ Daniele Davoli, programmer Mirko Limoni and musician Valerio Semplici. The team worked with French model Katrin Quinol, who was the face and image for the group Black Box.[4] In the video and in live performances Quinol lip-synced to the original vocals.[5]

The song sampled Loleatta Holloway's 1980 disco hit "Love Sensation" (written by Dan Hartman) and attracted some controversy for the uncredited use of Holloway's vocals from that song.[6] Holloway's counsel engaged in a press attack on Black Box, successfully securing a settlement that paid the singer an undisclosed sum; the group had legally cleared the samples with Salsoul Records, who had released the original track, but Holloway was in arrears for advances from the label and thus was not recompensed by Salsoul.

A re-recording of the song with uncredited vocals by Heather Small was released in the second week of September 1989, and the original Holloway version was discontinued from distribution.[7] This version was released as the "UK Remix" and contained the same three mixes as the original, but with Heather Small's vocals in place of Loleatta Holloway. The Original Mix, Garage Trip Mix and Pianopella Mix became Massive Mix, Epsom Mix and Ascot Mix respectively.

The song's title derives from a sample of Holloway singing the lyrics "Thank you baby, 'cause you're right on time". Daniele Davoli explained in Channel 4 documentary Pump Up The Volume that, owing to his limited knowledge of English and the song being sung in an American English accent, with t-flapping so that "t"s sound like "d"s, he thought that Loleatta Holloway sang "ride on time" instead of "right on time".

Chart performances[edit]

"Ride on Time" became a massive hit in Italy and then worldwide, after legal rights were obtained in all territories. The song spent six weeks at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, ultimately becoming the biggest selling single of the year.[8] It fared less well in the United States, where it failed to chart as a pop record, although it did reach No. 39 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. It was the first high-profile example of an Italo house record. The genre is noteworthy for extreme amounts of "borrowing", usually in single phrases, sometimes in couplets, the lyrical "hooks" from other compositions.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD maxi & 12" maxi (1989)
  1. "Ride on Time" (massive mix) – 6:37
  2. "Ride on Time" (Epsom mix) – 5:25
  3. "Ride on Time" (Ascot mix) – 2:57
German CD maxi & 12" maxi (1989)
  1. "Ride on Time" (the original) – 6:27
  2. "Ride on Time" (garage trip) – 6:05
  3. "Ride on Time" (piano version) – 2:53
UK 7" single (1989)
  1. "Ride on Time" (massive mix) – 4:10
  2. "Ride on Time" (Epsom mix) – 2:57
German 7" single (1989)
  1. "Ride on Time" (the original) – 3:55
  2. "Ride on Time" (piano version) – 2:53
German CD maxi (2003)
  1. "Ride on Time" (radio cut) – 3:06
  2. "Ride on Time" (extended club mix) – 5:54
  3. "Ride on Time" (Voltaxx dub remix) – 5:57
  4. "Ride on Time" (original version) – 6:27
  5. "Ride on Time" (exacto mix) – 6:38
  6. "Ride on Time" (Snapshot remix) – 6:38
  7. "Ride on Time" (Jay Jay radio cold mix) – 3:45

Charts and sales[edit]

Preceded by
"Swing the Mood" by Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers
UK Singles Chart number-one single
3 September 1989 – 14 October 1989 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"That's What I Like" by Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers
Preceded by
"Right Here Waiting" by Richard Marx
Irish IRMA number-one single
28 September 1989 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Sweet Surrender" by Wet Wet Wet


Preceded by
"Mistletoe and Wine" by Cliff Richard
1988
UK Singles Chart best-selling single of the year
1989
Succeeded by
"Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers
1990

References[edit]

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    • Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (1996). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 978-0-6797-5574-6. Italo house largely relied on diva disco samples, cut up and rearranged by Italian producers to create new vocal tracks, such as Black Box's "Ride on Time." 
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