Ready to Go (Republica song)

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"Ready to Go"
Ready to Go.jpg
Single by Republica
from the album Republica
  • 15 April 1996 (1996-04-15)
  • 17 February 1997 (1997-02-17) (1997 version)
  • 7 August 2007 (2007-08-07) (Tomcraft version)
  • 7 June 2010 (2010-06-07) (2010 version)
Format CD
Recorded 1995
  • 3:39 (radio edit)
  • 5:01 (album mix)
Songwriter(s) Republica
Producer(s) Republica
Republica singles chronology
"Ready to Go"
"Drop Dead Gorgeous"
Music video
"Ready to Go" on YouTube

"Ready to Go" is a song by Republica, released as a single on 15 April 1996. The original recording was not included on the band's debut album, Republica – two other versions of the song, the US mix[2] and the original mix, were included. This version was later featured on a greatest hits collection, Ready to Go: The Best Of.

The single originally reached number 43 on the UK Singles Chart in April 1996. Later in the year, the song began to gain popularity outside the UK, charting in Australia, Canada, and the United States. It was then re-released in the UK in February 1997, when it reached a new peak of number 13. This re-release also saw the song chart for the first time in western Europe, reaching number 19 in the Netherlands and number 26 in Ireland.

German DJ Tomcraft released a cover of the song in 2007, and another version was released on 7 June 2010. It continues to be successful in the UK, where it is still frequently featured in advertisements and on TV.[3]

Main versions[edit]

"Ready to Go" (unreleased)
Also known as "Ready to Go [1996]", "Ready to Go (original)" or incorrectly as "Ready to Go (album version)", it was not included in any of the band's albums. It is an unreleased song or probably an early demo with slightly different vocal (but lyrics remain the same). This version is softer than both the US and original mixes of the song. It doesn't have the piano bridge of the original mix, nor the guitar bridge of the US mix. The bridge is similar to that of the original mix, except it doesn't have a piano. Very rare.

"Ready to Go" (original mix)
This version has a more techno-pop sound while the later version contains electric guitars. It charted at number 43 in the UK, and number 40 in Australia.

"Ready to Go"
A new mix was included in the Republica album as the opening track. It was remixed by Ben Grosse. This version became highly popular in the United States. It sounds faster and its beat is stronger, making it heavier in terms of tones. On the UK and American issues of the Republica album, this mix of the song was credited just as "Ready to Go", and on the European issue of the album it is sometimes marked as "Ready to Go (US mix)".[2] A defining difference between this mix and earlier recordings is the inclusion of a guitar bridge in the place of a piano bridge.

"Ready to Go" (Tomcraft version)
German DJ Tomcraft released a Eurodance version of the track in 2007.

"Ready to Go 2010"
A new version of the track was released in June 2010. A preview of the track was made available on the band's official Myspace page. The new version has a more aggressive sound than its two predecessors.

Critical reception[edit]

Music & Media wrote about the song: "Techno meets rock guitar with strident vocals from singer Saffron, all adding up to a fresh, gritty pop sound which Europe simply can't afford to miss."[4]

Music videos[edit]

Two different music videos were released for the song. In the European video, lead singer Saffron is jumping on the roof of a building. The shots took place somewhere in East London. This video is very sunny and upbeat. It is said that it shows the hidden beauty of East London. The video also features lead singer Saffron playing the Sega Saturn video games Virtua Fighter 2 and Hang-On GP. The second music video—the North American version—is very different from the original British one. Saffron is shown jumping on a green field near a road, then she is dancing and doing humorous mimics in front of the camera. Some parts of the video are artificially colourised.

Track listing[edit]

1996 UK CD single

  1. "Ready to Go (radio edit)" – 3:39
  2. "Ready to Go (album mix)" – 5:01
  3. "Bloke" – 4:51

1997 UK CD single

  1. "Ready to Go (radio edit)" – 3:39
  2. "Ready to Go (original mix)" – 5:01
  3. "Bloke" – 4:51
  4. "Holly (club mix)" – 8:03

2007 CD single

  1. "Ready to Go (club mix)"
  2. "Ready to Go (radio edit)"
  3. "Ready to Go [L&T's latenight mix]"

"Ready to Go 2010"

  1. "Ready to Go 2010 (radio edit)" – 3:17
  2. "Ready to Go 2010 (full length)" – 4:15


Chart (1996) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 40
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 60
Canada Dance/Urban (RPM)[7] 14
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[8] 59
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 43
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 56
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[11] 7
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[12] 36
Chart (1997) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[13] 8
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 33
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[15] 12
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 26
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[17] 19
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[18] 25
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[19] 12
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 40
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 34
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22] 13

In popular culture[edit]

Film and television[edit]


  • It was used in the advertisement for Suse Linux Enterprise 10 by Novell.[when?][23]
  • Extracts from "Ready to Go" were used in the commercial for Jock Jams Vol. 3[24]
  • Extracts from "Ready to Go" are used in the George at Asda adverts in 1998.
  • Extracts from "Ready to Go" have been used in the Halfords TV adverts since 2005.
  • Extracts from "Ready to Go" are used in the Eircell television adverts in Ireland during the mid-1990s.
  • Extracts from "Ready to Go" were used in some Dairy Queen advertisements that aired in 2003.
  • Mitsubishi used the song to kick off their new "Wake Up and Drive" advertising campaign for the new-for-1999 Galant.
  • "Ready to Go" can be heard in Australia and New Zealand on the television advertisements for Holden's range of motor vehicles (2006–2007).
  • It was used by MLB Network in April 2010 to advertise upcoming games.
  • It was used on Speed Channel's WindTunnel with Dave Despain in February 2006 as part of "Hot Candy" highlighting AMA Supercross Championship and Speedweeks at Daytona.


  • From the first ever game at the Stadium of Light up until the 2005–06 season, Sunderland players came out on to the pitch to this song. The track proved a massive hit with Sunderland fans, to the extent that Republica were invited to perform the song live at the Stadium of Light for the last game of Sunderland's record-breaking, league-winning season in May 1999. For the occasion, lead singer Saffron wore a Sunderland top. It was replaced by U2's "Elevation", a switch which was unpopular with many fans. "Ready to Go" is now frequently used by many other clubs for when the players come out.
  • The Boston Red Sox usually play this song at Fenway Park before the game begins as the managers have the meeting at home plate each night.
  • The song was included on the NHL's Nashville Predators Check, Please! CD, and has been played before home games since 1998.
  • The Washington Capitals play this song before the third period of their home games at Capital One Arena
  • It has been played at various US sporting games such as the NBA and the WNBA. It is sometimes played right before the game starts or during a pivotal moment during the game.
  • The Dutch sports programme NOS Studio Sport used this song as intro for the highlights of the Barclays Premier League, every weekend.
  • The song was used in a video montage that contained highlights of the Chicago Bulls' 1996–97 NBA championship season.
  • The song was used by the Michigan State Spartans football team as they took the field until it was replaced by AC/DC's "Thunderstruck".
  • Extracts from "Ready to Go" were used for the title music of Sky Sports News's evening update from 2005 to 2007.
  • Darts player Mike Veitch uses the song as his walk-on music.
  • "Ready to Go" is included in Euro 2000: The Official Album
  • The Buffalo Bandits usually play this song at the start of the second half, just before face off commences.
  • The song was used to advertise the 1998 Super Rugby season in New Zealand.
  • English Rugby league side Hull F.C. used it as their entrance music for the 2014–15 Super League season.
  • The song was regularly played pre-match by English football club Leicester City F.C. when they played at their former home, Filbert Street.


Similar songs[edit]


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