Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Retro Video of the Week: "Buffalo Stance" by Neneh Cherry

As a bit of an homage to yesterday's post -- and, more specifically, the animal I could have had as a pet -- this week's Retro Video of the Week will be Nenah Cherry's 1988 hit "Buffalo Stance."  I remember when this song came out because I don't think I'd ever heard the word "gigolo" used so prominently in a song, other than in David Lee Roth's 1985 cover of "Just a Gigolo."  It turns out the "gigolo" was actually Cherry's boyfriend at the time, and the "crocodile feet" were just a reference to his Lacoste shoes.  I still prefer to think of the song as a tribute to working men everywhere -- guys just trying to get make ends meet by bangin' chicks.

"Buffalo Stance" was a legit international success, hitting #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart, as well as #1 in The Netherlands and Sweden, #2 in Germany and Switzerland, #3 in Canada, Norway, and the UK, #7 in Austria and Ireland, and #14 and #21, respectively, in New Zealand and Australia.  

Of course, you may also remember Cherry's half-brother Eagle-Eye, who himself had some major chart success in 1997 with "Save Tonight."  I assume Neneh and Eagle-Eye are one of the few, if not the only, brother-sister pairs whose last name is not Osmond who have both had Top 5 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.  If anyone out there feels like doing the research to back up this theory, please do so and report back to me.

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