Thursday, 29 September 2016

REWIND: The Fugees - 'Ready Or Not'

More wonderful music from 1996 as RW/FF takes you aboard a musical TARDIS on a journey through musical history. If you weren't around or were too young to remember the mid 90s,it's a lesson of enlightenment. If you (like me) were lucky enough to experience it all first time around, then these posts make a fine nostalgic blast from the blast. 

It's funny how some songs grow on you over time. Maybe you only hated them when they were in the charts and competing with the bands you loved then. In the mid 90s I was obsessed with Britpop and dance music, so I had little time for anything else. Especially hip hop. Thankfully my horizons have broadened in the years since, and now I can take pride in enjoying this magnificent number 1 hit single. It was taken from the mega-selling Fugees album 'The Score', which also spawned the hits 'Killing Me Softly' and the excellent 'Fu-Gee-La'.

'Ready Or Not' has a chorus based around an element from The Delfonics' song 'Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From My Love)', but also sampled Enya's 'Boadicea'. Barack Obama named this as his favourite song of all-time. The New Jersey-based hip hop trio formed in the early 90s and released two studio albums. After their 1996 breakthrough, the members all moved onto solo projects, although they reformed for a reunion tour in 2005. A third album was partly recorded and never finished. The group have been inactive ever since, with personal differences between them proving too much to handle, particularly in the case of singer Lauryn Hill. Group member Wyclef Jean said: "In my personal opinion, those Fugees reunion shows shouldn't have been done, because we wasn't ready. I really felt we shoulda first all gone into a room with Lauryn and a psychiatrist... But, you know, I do believe Lauryn can get help. And, once she does work things out, hopefully a proper and enduring Fugees reunion will happen."

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