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"Buffalo Stance" is a 1988 single recorded by Neneh Cherry, which she released on her debut album, Raw Like Sushi. The song peaked at No. 3 on both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100.

"Buffalo Stance"
Neneh Cherry Buffalo Stance cover.jpg
Single by Neneh Cherry
from the album Raw Like Sushi
Released28 November 1988
Recorded1988
StudioHot Nights
(London, England)
Genre
Length
  • 5:42 (full-length version)
  • 4:07 (7" edit)
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Neneh Cherry singles chronology
"Buffalo Stance"
(1988)
"Manchild"
(1989)
Music video
"Buffalo Stance" on YouTube

Contents

HistoryEdit

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.[citation needed]

Background and contextEdit

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.[1]

The song's title is also a reference to the Malcolm McLaren song "Buffalo Gals" (1983), which "Buffalo Stance" samples. Other samples came from Rock Steady Crew's "Hey You", and the saxophone break is from the band Miami's song "Chicken Yellow" (1974).[2]

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!"[citation needed]

Cherry notably performed the song live on Top of the Pops while seven months pregnant.[2] When asked by a reporter if it were safe for her to go up on stage performing, Cherry answered: "Yes, of course! It's not an illness."[2]

Impact and legacyEdit

The Daily Telegraph ranked "Buffalo Stance" at No. 37 in their Top 50 Dance Songs list in 2015.[3]

Time Out listed the song at No. 13 in their The 50 best '80s songs list in 2018.[4]

Track listingEdit

"Buffalo Stance" was released on both 3-inch CD single, and 5-inch CD single.

  1. "Buffalo Stance" (Extended Mix) – 5:43
  2. "Buffalo Stance" (Scratchapella) – 1:38
  3. "Buffalo Stance" (Electro Ski) – 3:38
  4. "Give Me a Muthufucking Break Beat" (Sukka Mix) – 5:19

ChartsEdit

This song, as well as being her debut hit, was Cherry's international breakthrough, reaching No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart, and No. 1 on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart.

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[24] Gold 40,000^
Sweden (GLF)[25] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Silver 250,000^

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

Original versionsEdit

  • 7" mix (Mark Saunders, Tim Simenon) – 4:07
  • 12" mix – 5:43

Remixes and coversEdit

  • 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
  • Funky Remix – 11:02
  • 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)

[27]

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.

The song is the theme for Jamie Oliver's 15 Minute Meals television show.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Flett, Kathryn (17 September 2000). "Style: Ray Petri". The Observer. London. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Hitlåtens historia, "Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance", Sveriges Television, 3 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Top 50 dance songs". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  4. ^ "The 50 best '80s songs". Time Out. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 50, No. 11, July 10, 1989". RPM. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Dance/Urban - Volume 50, No. 3, May 15, 1989". RPM. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Top 3 Greece" (PDF). Music & Media. 4 March 1989. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Buffalo Stance". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 8, 1989" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  13. ^ "Charts.nz – Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance". VG-lista.
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance". Singles Top 100.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance". Swiss Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  18. ^ "Neneh Cherry Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Neneh Cherry Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Neneh Cherry Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  21. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Cherry,Neneh – Buffalo Stance". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  22. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  23. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 51, No. 8, December 23, 1989". RPM. December 23, 1999. Archived from the original on 7 September 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  24. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance". Music Canada.
  25. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
  26. ^ "British single certifications – Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Buffalo Stance in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  27. ^ Neneh Cherry Online retrieved 4 April 2008

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