Here Comes the Fuzz

Here Comes the Fuzz is the debut studio album by British producer Mark Ronson. The album was released on 8 September 2003, led by the lead single, "Ooh Wee". Unlike Ronson's later releases, his debut album focuses more on the genre of hip-hop, with guest appearances from a number of famous rappers and hip-hop alumni, including Ghostface Killah, M.O.P., Nate Dogg, Saigon and Sean Paul. The album also features appearances from singers Rivers Cuomo and Daniel Merriweather, whose commercial breakthrough came with this album.

Here Comes the Fuzz
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Studio album by
Released8 September 2003
GenreHip hop[1]
Length39:24
LabelElektra
Producer
Mark Ronson chronology
Here Comes the Fuzz
(2003)
Version
(2007)
Singles from Here Comes the Fuzz
  1. "Ooh Wee"
    Released: 20 October 2003
  2. "NYC Rules"
    Released: 16 February 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Blender3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly(C)[1]
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5]

The album did not perform well chart wise, only peaking at No. 70 in Ronson's home territory, however it did sell more than 18,000 copies in the US.[6] Ronson later addressed the failure of the album, often by joking that "only 12 people bought it." The album has sold 92,676 copies in the UK as of January 2015.[7]

RecordingEdit

The song "International Affair" was originally released on Sean Paul's 2002 album Dutty Rock, and featured vocals from Debi Nova instead of Tweet. Nova contributes vocals to the album track "Tomorrow". Rolling Stone predicted the album would stop the critical ill-will towards Ronson, saying Ronson "serves up a grab bag of pumping beats."[8] Entertainment Weekly gave the album a C, saying "the collection's overall disco-licious come-together vibe is cloying and insubstantial."[9] The popularity of the album grew following the release of the follow-up album Version in 2007, which saw Ronson collaborate with a number of well-known British and American artists on covers of well-known songs.

SinglesEdit

  • "Ooh Wee", featuring vocals from Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg, Trife Diesel and Saigon, was released as the album's lead single on 20 October 2003. The song was a top twenty hit in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the single also charted at No. 80 on the United States Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and No. 83 in Australia.
  • "NYC Rules", featuring vocals from Daniel Merriweather and Saigon, was released as the album's second single on 16 February 2004. The single was only released in Australia, and for its release, was re-titled "City Rules". It was promoted as Merriweather's first single in the country, and the cover art stated Ronson as the featured artist. The track peaked at No. 76 on the ARIA Charts.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Intro"Mark Ronson1:25
2."Bluegrass Stain'd" (featuring Nappy Roots and Anthony Hamilton)Ronson • Hamilton • Guyora Kats • R.N. Hughes • B.J. Scott4:11
3."Ooh Wee" (featuring Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg, Trife Diesel and Saigon)Ronson • Nate Hale • Dennis Coles • Theo Bailey • Carenard3:29
4."High" (featuring Aya)Ronson • Bill Chang4:05
5."I Suck" (featuring Rivers Cuomo)Ronson • Rivers Cuomo2:55
6."International Affair" (featuring Sean Paul and Tweet)Ronson • Debi Nova • Sean Henriques • Charlene Keys3:24
7."Diduntdidunt" (featuring Saigon)Ronson • Brian Carenard3:58
8."On the Run" (featuring Mos Def and M.O.P.)Ronson • Dante Smith • Jamal Grinnage • Eric Murray2:37
9."Here Comes the Fuzz" (featuring Jack White, Freeway and Nikka Costa)Ronson • Jack White • Nikka Costa • Leslie Pridgen3:09
10."Bout to Get Ugly" (featuring Rhymefest and Anthony Hamilton)Ronson • Hamilton • Che Smith3:33
11."She's Got Me" (featuring Daniel Merriweather)Ronson • Daniel Merriweather3:49
12."Tomorrow" (featuring Q-Tip and Debi Nova)Ronson • Nova • Kamaal Fareed3:55
13."Rashi (Outro)"Ronson2:00

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2003) Peak position
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 84[10]
UK Albums Chart 70[11]

Release historyEdit

Date Country Label Format(s)
8 September 2003 United Kingdom Elektra
United States

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Here Comes the Fuzz - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "Maxim". blender.com.[dead link]
  4. ^ Dorian Lynskey. "CD: Mark Ronson, Here Comes The Fuzz". the Guardian.
  5. ^ "Mark Ronson: Here Comes the Fuzz". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 21 July 2006.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  6. ^ "Mark Ronson Shows Off His 'Record Collection' on New Album". Billboard.com. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  7. ^ Jones, Alan (26 January 2015). "Official Charts Analysis: Ronson first artist to top singles and albums charts since 2013". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  8. ^ Diehl, Matt (4 September 2003), "Mark Ronson: Here Comes the Fuzz". Rolling Stone. (930):142
  9. ^ Drumming, Neil (12 September 2003), "MARK RONSON". Entertainment Weekly. (727/728):152
  10. ^ "Here Comes The Fuzz – Mark Ronson (2003)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  11. ^ "Mark Ronson – Here Comes The Fuzz". aCharts.us. Retrieved 8 March 2010.