"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.
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.
Background and context
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. Such a "stance" would be to stand like such a person who is, or such a group of people who are, posing for a photo shoot in a London fashion magazine.
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).
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!"
Cherry notably performed the song live on Top of the Pops while seven months pregnant. 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."
Impact and legacy
The Daily Telegraph ranked "Buffalo Stance" at No. 37 in their Top 50 Dance Songs list in 2015.
Time Out listed the song at No. 13 in their The 50 best '80s songs list in 2018.
"Buffalo Stance" was released on both 3-inch CD single, and 5-inch CD single.
"Buffalo Stance" (Extended Mix) – 5:43
"Buffalo Stance" (Scratchapella) – 1:38
"Buffalo Stance" (Electro Ski) – 3:38
"Give Me a Muthufucking Break Beat" (Sukka Mix) – 5:19
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.
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