Raw Like Sushi

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For the Mr. Big album, see Raw Like Sushi (Mr. Big album).
Raw Like Sushi
Neneh Cherry Raw Like Sushi cover.jpg
Studio album by Neneh Cherry
Released 5 June 1989[1]
Recorded 1988-1989; Hot Nights, Blackwing, Sam Therapy et al.
Genre Pop, dance, freestyle, funk
Length 46:06
Label Virgin
Producer Tim Simenon, Mark Saunders, Cameron McVey, Jonny Dollar et al.
Neneh Cherry chronology
Raw Like Sushi
(1989)
Homebrew
(1992)
Singles from Raw Like Sushi
  1. "Buffalo Stance"
    Released: 28 November 1988[1]
  2. "Manchild"
    Released: 8 May 1989
  3. "Kisses on the Wind"
    Released: 31 July 1989 (UK)
  4. "Heart"
    Released: November 1989 (US)
  5. "Inna City Mama"
    Released: 11 December 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link
The Village Voice A-[2]

Raw Like Sushi is the debut album by singer Neneh Cherry, released 5 June 1989[1] on Virgin Records. The album is best known for featuring the worldwide hit single "Buffalo Stance".

Background[edit]

An early version of "Buffalo Stance" appeared on the B-side of the 1986 Stock Aitken Waterman-produced Morgan-McVey single, "Looking Good Diving", titled "Looking Good Diving with the Wild Bunch".[3] The single was not successful; however, the B-side was re-recorded with Tim Simenon of Bomb the Bass fame, and "Buffalo Stance" was born. "Buffalo Stance" became a worldwide hit, reaching #3 in the UK Singles Chart,[4] #3 on the Billboard Hot 100[5] and #1 in the Netherlands[6] and Sweden.[7] The album also contains the #8 US[5] (and #20 UK[4]) hit "Kisses on the Wind", and the #5 UK hit "Manchild".[4]

The album's lyrical themes are influenced by Cherry's experiences of motherhood, and her education and upbringing. All musicians and programmers are credited in the album sleeve, however Cameron McVey, Cherry's husband, is credited as Booga Bear. Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja co-wrote "Manchild", and fellow member Andrew Vowles aka DJ Mushroom performs on "Kisses on the Wind", "The Next Generation" and "So Here I Come". "My Bitch" is a vocal duet with Gilly G.

The cover and inner photos were shot by fashion photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino.

Legacy[edit]

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Neneh Cherry and Cameron McVey (Booga Bear), except where indicated. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Buffalo Stance"   Jamie J. Morgan, Cameron McVey, Neneh Cherry, Phillip Ramacon 5:42
2. "Manchild"   Cameron McVey, Neneh Cherry, Robert "3D" Del Naja 3:51
3. "Kisses on the Wind"     3:57
4. "Inna City Mamma"   Cameron McVey, Neneh Cherry, Phil Chill 4:50
5. "The Next Generation"     5:04
6. "Love Ghetto"     4:27
7. "Heart"     5:08
8. "Phoney Ladies"     3:52
9. "Outré Risqué Locomotive"   Cameron McVey, Neneh Cherry, Will Malone 5:04
10. "So Here I Come"   Cameron McVey, Neneh Cherry, Phil Chill 4:02
11. "My Bitch" (Bonus track)   5:26
12. "Heart (It's a Demo)" (Bonus track)   4:52
13. "Buffalo Stance (Sukka mix)" (Bonus track)   5:20
14. "Manchild (The Old School mix)" (Bonus track)   5:30

Note: Tracks 1 through 10 were on the original LP. In the United Kingdom tracks 11 through 14 were on the CD release while tracks 13 and 14 were on the tape cassette album.

Personnel[edit]

  • Neneh Cherry - vocals, programming
  • Sandy McLelland - background vocals
  • Chandra Armstead - background vocals
  • Cameron "Booga Bear" McVey - background vocals, Executive Producer, mixing, beats
  • Phil Chill - programming, beats, background vocals
  • Claudia Fontaine - background vocals
  • Nellee Hooper - vibraphone
  • Jerod - guitar
  • Alvin Moody - beats
  • Nick Plytas - programming
  • Jeff Scantlebury - conga
  • John Sharp - programming
  • Tim Simenon - beats
  • Dynamik Duo - beats
  • Mark Saunders - multi-instruments, beats
  • Will Malone - conductor, programming, string arrangements
  • Gordon Dukes - background vocals
  • Jean Baptiste Mondino - photography
  • Mushroom - programming

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 30
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 7
Germany (Media Control Charts)[11] 10
Netherlands (MegaCharts)[12] 11
New Zealand (RMNZ)[13] 9
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 3
Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade)[15] 6
UK Albums Chart[4] 2
US (Billboard 200)[16] 40

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[17] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[1] Platinum 300,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "BPI > Certified Awards > Search results for 'Neneh'". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 27, 1989). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Morgan* / McVey* – Looking Good Diving". discogs.com. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Official Charts > Neneh Cherry (albums tab)". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Billboard > Artists / Neneh Cherry > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "dutchcharts.nl > Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "swedishcharts.com > Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  9. ^ "australian-charts.com > Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi (album)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "austriancharts.at > Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi (album)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "dutchcharts.nl > Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "charts.org.nz > Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi (album)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "swedishcharts.com > Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi (album)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  15. ^ "hitparade.ch > Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Neneh Cherry > Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  17. ^ "hitparade.ch > Awards 1989". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 

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