Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)

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"Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)"
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Single by De La Soul
from the album De La Soul Is Dead
B-side"Afro Connection at Hi-5"
ReleasedMay 27, 1991 (1991-05-27)
FormatCD single, CD maxi, 7" single,
12" single
Recorded1991
GenreHip hop
Length5:15
LabelTommy Boy
Songwriter(s)P. Huston, K. Mercer,
D. Jolicoeur, V. Mason, G. Skinner
Producer(s)Paul Huston, De La Soul
De La Soul singles chronology
"A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays""
(1991)
"Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)"
(1991)
"Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa/Keepin' the Faith"
(1991)

"Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" is the second single released by De La Soul from their second album De La Soul Is Dead, in 1991. The song is a party jam about overzealous fans who pursue the group with demo tapes in their efforts to obtain an endorsement from the group. It was inspired by one overzealous fan in particular, Breakestra frontman Miles Tackett, who was shopping demo tapes to the group (note "demo tapes by the miles" in the song's subtitle).

Composition[edit]

"Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" has been assumed to have sampled the 1982 Fat Larry's Band song "Act Like You Know", but in fact it samples the 1981 The Whatnauts song "Help Is on the Way", in which "Act Like You Know" itself samples. The chorus of "Ring Ring Ring" uses lyrics and melody from the Curiosity Killed the Cat song "Name and Number". The bass in the introduction comes from Lou Johnson's "Beat" and the drum break is from The Honey Drippers' "Impeach the President". The single version's saxophone is original.

Music video[edit]

A black-and-white music video was filmed for the song, directed by Mark Romanek, featuring the members of De La Soul and producer Prince Paul in a cameo as an artist trying to hand them his tapes.

Influence[edit]

All 3 songs use the same beat from "Help Is on the Way".

Track listings[edit]

12" maxi
Europe
  1. "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (party line mix) (6:56)
  2. "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (extended decision U.S. mix) (5:15)
  3. "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (piles and piles of demo taped bi-da miles - Conley's decision) (4:05)
U.S.
  1. "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (extended decision) (5:15)
  2. "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (radio decision) (3:59)
  3. "Piles And Piles of demo Tapes Bi-Da Miles (Conley's Decision)" (4:05)
  4. "Afro Connection At A Hi 5 (In The Eyes Of The Hoodlum)" (3:42)
7" single
  1. "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (Party Line Edit) (4:05)
  2. "Ring Ring Ring (piles and piles of demo taped bi-da miles - Conley's decision) (4:05)
CD maxi
  1. "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (party line edit) (4:05)
  2. "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (party line mix) (6:56)
  3. "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (extended U.S. mix) (5:15)
  4. "Ring Ring Ring" (piles and piles of demo taped bi-da miles) (3:35)
CD maxi / 12" maxi - Remixes
  1. "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (CJ's alternative mix) (5:10)
  2. "Afro Connection At A Hi 5" (3:42)
  3. "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (sax mix) (5:10)

Official versions[edit]

  • "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (LP Version) (5:06)
  • "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (Radio Decision) (3:59)
  • "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (CJ's Alternative Mix) (5:10)
  • "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (Party Line Edit) (4:05)
  • "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (Party Line Mix) (6:56)
  • "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (Extended Decision U.S. Mix) / (Extended Decision Mix) / (Extended U.S. Mix) (5:15)
  • "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (Piles and Piles of Demo Taped Bi-Da Miles - Conley's Decision) (4:05)
  • "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (Sax Mix) (5:10)

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  2. ^ "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1991" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  4. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
  5. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de Archived 2008-12-16 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  7. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  8. ^ a b Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved September 8, 2008)
  9. ^ 1991 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved September 8, 2008)
  10. ^ "End of Year Charts 1991". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  11. ^ 1991 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved September 8, 2008)