Pony (Ginuwine song)

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"Pony"
Ginuwine - Pony.JPG
Single by Ginuwine
from the album Ginuwine...the Bachelor
ReleasedAugust 20, 1996
FormatCD single
Recorded1994[1]
Genre
Length
  • 5:25
  • 4:13 (edit)
Label550
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Timbaland
Ginuwine singles chronology
"Pony"
(1996)
"Tell Me Do U Wanna"
(1997)

"Pony" is the debut single of American singer Ginuwine, released as a single from his first LP Ginuwine...The Bachelor in 1996. Ginuwine co-wrote the song with Swing Mob associates Static Major and Timbaland; the latter is also the producer. "Pony" was Timbaland's breakthrough as a producer.[2]

Content[edit]

Timbaland's production was unique among R&B releases of the day: "Pony"'s instrumentation features a start-stop rhythm pattern similar to drum and bass music, a bassline and melody formed by vocoded vocal samples, and a cartoon slide whistle. Along with his concurrent work for Aaliyah's One in a Million LP, "Pony" and Ginuwine...the Bachelor marked the emergence of Timbaland as a successful R&B producer.[3] The song experienced a resurgence in popularity after being featured in the 2012 film Magic Mike, and its 2015 sequel Magic Mike XXL.[4][5][6][7]. On November 2, 2019 the song was featured in the sketch "Hungry Jury" on SNL.[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for two weeks from November 16, 1996 to November 30, 1996,[9] and reached number six on Billboard's Hot 100 on November 23, 1996.[10]

Reception[edit]

The song received an A– from Entertainment Weekly, who said it had "irresistible funk grooves lope at an easy gait, seducing the listener with a velvety tenor and belching synthesizer hook".[2]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the album version of the song was directed by Michael Lucero.[11] The music video for the remix version of the song was directed by Christopher Erskin. The video depicts Ginuwine and his crew entering a Western bar as strangers and gradually gaining the favor of the cowboy-patrons. The video was filmed at the Cowboy Palace saloon in Chatsworth, California.[12] A video for the "Ride It" Mix was also released. The video is shot in a factory.

Track listing[edit]

  • European CD maxi single
  1. "Pony" – 5:25
  2. "Pony" (Extended Mix) – 5:20
  3. "Pony" (Ride It Mix) – 5:05
  4. "Pony" (Mad Love Club Mix) – 4:32
  5. "Pony" (Mad Love Beat Mix) – 4:29
  6. "Pony" (Black Market Slowride Mix) – 4:31
  • US and Australian single
  1. "Pony" – 5:25
  2. "Pony" (Extended Mix) – 5:20
  3. "Pony" (Instrumental) – 5:18
  4. "Pony" (A Cappella) – 3:48

Charts and certifications[edit]

"Pony (Jump on It)"[edit]

"Pony (Jump on It)"
Tough Love - Pony (Jump on It).png
Single by Tough Love featuring Ginuwine
from the album Past Present Future
ReleasedAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2015
GenreHouse[43]
Length3:03
LabelIsland
Songwriter(s)
  • Stephen Garrett
  • Elgin Lumpkin
  • Tim Mosley
Producer(s)Tough Love
Tough Love singles chronology
"So Freakin' Tight"
(2015)
"Pony (Jump on It)"
(2015)
"Touch"
(2016)
Ginuwine singles chronology
"I Need"
(2013)
"Pony (Jump on It)"
(2015)
Music video
"Pony (Jump on It)" on YouTube

British house music duo Tough Love collaborated with Ginuwine and revamped the song, which was released on 7 August 2015 as their second single.

Track listings[edit]

Digital download – single[44]
No.TitleLength
1."Pony (Jump on It)" (featuring Ginuwine) (Radio Mix)3:03
Digital download – EP[45]
No.TitleLength
1."Pony (Jump on It)" (Extended Mix)4:10
2."Pony (Jump on It)" (Cause & Affect Remix)4:39
3."Pony (Jump on It)" (VIP Mix)5:17
4."Pony (Jump on It)" (Kove Remix)4:13
5."Pony (Jump on It)" (Sick Individuals Remix)5:06
6."Pony (Jump on It)" (DJ Q Remix)5:09

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[46] 36
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[47] 39
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[27] 12

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Ireland 7 August 2015 Digital download Island
United Kingdom[48]

Cover[edit]

In 2008, the California rock band Far made a rock version cover of the song under the pseudonym 'Hot Little Pony' in connection with their reunion the same year.[49] The cover reached heavy rotation on the biggest modern rock radio stations on the West coast.[50]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Dark days, bright nights. By Warren Anderson Mathis (p.k.a. Bubba Sparxxx), Tim Mosley (p.k.a. Timbaland)". Copyright Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Diehl, Matt (November 8, 1996). "Music Single Review: 'Pony'". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Pony". Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  4. ^ "We have the full lowdown on the man responsible for Channing Tatum's Pony". Thesun.co.uk. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  5. ^ Simon, Rachel. "Ginuwine's "Pony" Is Back In A Big Way". Bustle.com. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Who is Ginuwine? The R&B star made famous by hit song Pony". Metro.co.uk. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  7. ^ Spanos, Brittany (22 June 2015). "Ginuwine Takes Sexual Innuendo to Absurd Lengths". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Unlike These 'SNL' Idiots, You Probably Can't Play 'Pony' With Your Hungry Belly". Thrillist. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  9. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop songs: Pony". Billboard. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "Hot 100 songs: Pony". Billboard. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "mvdbase.com - Ginuwine - "Pony [version 1]"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  12. ^ Garcia, Alex S. "mvdbase.com - Ginuwine - "Pony [version 2: remix]"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Australian-charts.com – Ginuwine – Pony". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ginuwine – Pony" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ginuwine – Pony" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  16. ^ "Ginuwine Chart History (Canadian Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  17. ^ "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 8350." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  18. ^ a b "Offiziellecharts.de – Ginuwine – Pony". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  19. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (20.2. '97 – 26.2. '97)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). February 21, 1997. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  20. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Ginuwine" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  21. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Ginuwine – Pony" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  22. ^ "Charts.nz – Ginuwine – Pony". Top 40 Singles.
  23. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  24. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Ginuwine – Pony". Singles Top 100.
  25. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Ginuwine – Pony". Swiss Singles Chart.
  26. ^ a b "Ginuwine: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  27. ^ a b "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Cite error: The named reference "sc_UKdance_" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  28. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  29. ^ "Ginuwine Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  30. ^ "Ginuwine Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  31. ^ "Ginuwine Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  32. ^ "Ginuwine Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.
  33. ^ "Lescharts.com – Ginuwine – Pony" (in French). Les classement single.
  34. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  35. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  36. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  37. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  38. ^ "Ginuwine "Pony"". IFPI Denmark. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  39. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Ginuwine – Pony". Recorded Music NZ.
  40. ^ "British single certifications – Ginuwine – Pony". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Pony in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  41. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1996". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 109 (3): 61. January 18, 1997. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  42. ^ "American single certifications – Ginuwine – Pony". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  43. ^ Klemow, David (July 11, 2015). "Genuwine and Tough Love's 'Pony' reboot gets four new remixes". Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  44. ^ "Pony (Jump On It) [Radio Mix] [feat. Ginuwine] – Single by Tough Love on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. August 7, 2015.
  45. ^ "Pony (Jump On It) [Remixes] [feat. Ginuwine] – EP by Tough Love on Apple Music". Itunes.apple.com. August 7, 2015.
  46. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  47. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  48. ^ "Pony (Jump On It) [Radio Mix] [feat. Ginuwine] - Single by Tough Love on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. 7 August 2015.
  49. ^ "Far covers Ginuwine's "Pony," reunites for album - So Much Silence". Somuchsilence.com. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  50. ^ "far Cover Ginuwine's 'Pony' - ltd edition vinyl only release". Music-News.com. Retrieved 24 August 2018.

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