Buffalo Stance

Album: Raw Like Sushi (1989)
Charted: 7 3
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  • Cherry originally recorded this for the B-side of Morgan McVey's 1986 single "Looking Good Diving." Morgan McVey was the Pop duo of Cameron McVey and Jaime J. Morgan - Cameron was Neneh's boyfriend and eventually became her husband. Cameron McVey later produced All Saints and Sugababes and managed Massive Attack in their early days. Under the alias Booga Bear, he wrote much of the material that would comprise Raw Like Sushi.

    Three years later Neneh Cherry began working on her first solo album. Among the songs was a version of 'Buffalo Stance' that mutated, via a remix by Bomb The Bass's Tim Simeon into an international hit.
  • On her website, Cherry says this song "is about sexual survival. It's not a feminist record - none of my songs are. But it's about female strength, female power, female attitude."
  • This was based on Malcolm McLaren's 1982 song "Buffalo Gals."
  • The lyrics, "Looking good, hanging with the Wild Bunch" are a reference to a collective of DJs and engineers in Bristol, England in the 1980s out of which came Massive Attack and other contributors to the Trip-Hop sound. Cherry recruited Mushroom of Massive Attack to appear in the video for this song, and he also mimed the DJ sections for her performance on the UK TV show Top Of The Pops.
  • Cherry was 8 months pregnant when she performed this on Top Of The Pops. "When I found out I was pregnant, my mother said, 'Don't separate your life, the life that you're going to make with this child, from the things that you are and what you want to do,'" she recalled to The Observer. "Getting on Top of the Pops and having that feeling with me was such a saving grace."

    Cherry gave birth while Shara Nelson was recording the vocals for Massive Attack's Blue Lines album in the same house.
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