|Single by Neneh Cherry|
|from the album Raw Like Sushi|
|Released||28 November 1988|
|Genre||Hip hop, dance-pop, freestyle|
|Length||5:42 (full-length version)
4:07 (7" edit)
|Writer(s)||Neneh Cherry, Cameron McVey, Jamie Morgan, Phillip Ramacon|
|Producer(s)||Tim Simenon ("Bomb the Bass") and Mark Saunders|
|Neneh Cherry singles chronology|
“Buffalo Stance” is the title of a 1988 single recorded by Neneh Cherry, which she released on her debut album, Raw Like Sushi. The song peaked at #3 on both the UK Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
An early version of the song appeared as the B-side on the 1986 Stock, Aitken, and Waterman-produced single "Looking Good Diving" by duo Morgan-McVey, which was made up of Jamie Morgan and Cherry's future husband, Cameron McVey. The song, titled "Looking Good Diving with the Wild Bunch," was sung by Cherry.
Background and context
The song title refers to “Buffalo,” a group of photographers, models, musicians, hair and makeup artists, etc. formed by fashion stylist Ray Petri, of which group Cherry, Morgan, and McVey were all members. Such a "stance" would be to stand like such a person who is, or such a group of people who are, posing for a photo shoot in a London fashion magazine.
The song's title is also a reference to Malcolm McLaren's 1983 song "Buffalo Gals," which "Buffalo Stance" samples. Other samples came from Rock Steady Crew's "Are You Ready?", and the saxophone break is from the band Miami's 1974 song "Chicken Yellow."
The song was originally written and composed for Cherry's boyfriend at the time, Esteban Caudillo. Cherry gave him the nickname "Che" because he frequently quoted Che Guevara and talked constantly about revolutionary topics. Thus, Cherry's original lyrics were:
"Who's looking good today? Che's looking good in every way."
After their breakup, she removed this reference to him.
The following lyrics were from a Valentine's Day poem Che wrote for Cherry:
"Wind on my face, sound in my ears
Water from my eyes, and you on my mind
As I sink, diving down deep deeper into your soul."
The two eventually split due to Cherry's belief that Che was too materialistic and that he loved money more than her, which was the inspiration for the lyrics:
"No money-man can win my love
It's sweetness that I'm thinking of."
Tim Simenon, also called "Bomb the Bass," was asked to help with the reworking of the song. Cherry pays homage to Simenon during the song's breaks with "Yeah, Timmy! Tell it like it is!" and "Bomb the Bass, rock this place!"
Cherry notably performed the song live on Top of the Pops while seven months pregnant. When asked by a reporter if it was safe for her to go up on stage performing, Cherry answered, "Yes, of course! It's not an illness."
"Buffalo Stance" was released on both 3-inch CD single, and 5-inch CD single.
- "Buffalo Stance (Extended Mix)" – 5:43
- "Buffalo Stance (Scratchapella)" – 1:38
- "Buffalo Stance (Electro Ski)" – 3:38
- "Give Me a Muthufucking Break Beat (Sukka Mix)" – 5:19
This song, as well as being her debut hit, was Cherry's international breakthrough, reaching #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the UK Singles Chart, and #1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart.
- 7" Mix (Mark Saunders, Tim Simenon) – 4:07
- 12" Mix – 5:43
Remixes and covers
- Give Me A Muthufucking Break Beat/Sukka Mix – 5:19
- There's Nothing Wrong Mix/ Sukka Mix II (The Dynamik Duo & DJ Mushroom) – 5:30
- Electro Ski Mix (Mark Saunders, Tim Simenon) – 3:35
- Extended Mix
- Scratchapella – 1:41
- 1/2 Way 2 House Mix (Arthur Baker) – 7:44
- Nearly Neuebeat (Arthur Baker) – 7:06
- Kevin Saunderson's Techno Stance Mix I (Kevin Saunderson) – 6:41
- Kevin Saunderson's Techno Stance Mix II (Kevin Saunderson) – 5:17
- Instrumental – 5:41
- Fast Pop Mix (Arthur Baker) – 5:41
- Cosmic Re-Edit 2004 – 3:35
- Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See N. Cherry vs Busta Rhymes (Pop Chop) – 4:26
- Buffalo Stance vs Brimful Of Asha N. Cherry vs Cornershop (Soulwax)
- DJ Rock Your Buffalo Body N. Cherry vs Justin Timberlake (DJ Jonny Moiree)
The song was also featured on the soundtrack of the videogame Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City. Westlife performed the song on the medley part of their Where the Dreams Come True Tour. It was featured in the movie Slaves of New York, which starred Bernadette Peters and was directed by James Ivory. Swedish electroclash group Alice in Videoland covered the track on their 2011 album, A Million Thoughts and They're All About You.
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