Classic Track

Buffalo Stance

Neneh Cherry
'Buffalo Stance’ made Neneh Cherry a star overnight, leading to a procession of hits including ‘Manchild’ and ‘Woman’ and a string of successful albums
Neneh Cherry Buffalo Stance
Recorded: 1988
Released: 28 November, 1988
Producer: Tim Simenon, Mark Saunders
Recording Engineer: Mark Saunders
Mix Engineer: David Pine

Buffalo Stance by Swedish artist Neneh Cherry is one of those songs that has stood the test of time. Upon it’s release back in 1988 it sounded fresh and ‘different’ to everything else on the radio at the time.

Few people realise that 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.

Not much information is availabel for most of the effects used on Buffalo Stance however after-hours, when everyone had left the studio, Saunders added to ‘Buffalo Stance’. Firstly, he flipped the multitrack tape over to record the 100 percent reverb signal from the studio’s Lexicon 480L, which when played forwards providing the distinctive backwards effect that can be heard ahead of Cherry singing the “Who’s looking good today?” bridge.

It is likely the Lexicon 480L was used elsewhere on the song, as it had been used just about everywhere on every recording in the late 1980s. It was just a small part of a major world wide hit single that has truly stood the test of time.

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