THINGS WE LIKE - VIDEO !! Check out the history behind this track and all the people who were involved, its fascinating!!
Hi Everyone. Today i present you with one of my all time favourite early hip hop tracks. Its Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry.
Back in 1988 when this was released I distinctly remember being in a club with a mate of mine called Richard, and the DJ put this on. We went nuts when we heard it……. it was just the best song we’d heard in a long time and we danced like crazy.
Over the next few weeks it became a massive hit and one of my all time favourite tracks. I never tire of hearing it.
Buffalo Stance refers to Buffalo, a group of photographers, models musicians, hair and make-up artists ( one of them Kay Montano, who featured in my Q&A’s last year) formed by legendary fashion stylist Ray Petri. The stance referred to how you would stand, if one of these people, whilst posing for a photo shoot in a London fashion magazine
Neneh Cherry was part of the Buffalo Posse, as was soon to be supermodel Naomi Campbell, and I found out some very interesting, geeky fact the other day about the story behind this track and how it came about, whilst researching more about the Buffalo scene.
So in 1986, music producers Stock Aitken and Waterman, known as PWL ( of early Bananarama and Kylie fame) were working with music duo Morgan McVey. They released a track called Looking Good Diving. The video featured singers Jamie Morgan and Cameron McVey ( who eventually became Neneh Cherry’s husband) but also featured Neneh Cherry on guitar and none other than supermodel Naomi Campbell on keyboard.
I’ve posted the video below so you can check out the track and see Neneh and Miss Campbell in keyboard action. Don’t blink or you may miss them, especially Naomi……
Meanwhile on the B side of this track there was another track that featured Miss Cherry on vocals (more rapping really) called Looking Good Diving with The Wild Bunch ( remixed by The Wild Bunch).
The Wild Bunch consisted of a group of DJ’s and sound makers from Bristol, England. Three of them went onto form Massive Attack, Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall and Andrew Vowles, another called Tricky who worked on Massive Attack’s first and second albums before going solo, and the last but by no means least, Nellee Hooper, who became a member of Soul II Soul and eventually went on to produce award winning albums for Madonna and Bjork
And so the 2 PWL tracks 2 years after its original release got remixed and re-recorded with the help of then London DJ, Tim Simenon. Simenon who had formed Electronica/Trip Hop band Bomb The Bass, had had a No2 charted hit with club classic, sampling track “Beat Dis” and went on to produce Depeche Mode’s No 1 album, Songs Of Faith and Devotion, plus remix tracks for Bjork, Massive Attack and Seal amongst a huge group of others. Simenon is credited for helping turn “Looking Good Diving…” into the worldwide hit, “Buffalo Stance”.
Through my research I’ve also managed to find on youtube a version of the original track that was the B side to Looking Good Diving (see the link below).
Enjoy listening to all these tracks and seeing what was and still is The Buffalo Stance from the Buffalo Posse. An amazing group of super talented people!!!
MOODIE THOUGHTS FOR TWO MAGAZINE
Some of you may know already that I now write a monthly column for new online magazine “TWO” which I began in April.
Well, the new May issue is now live ( And Its Free Subscription so no excuses……) and this month I’ve written about a young chap called Paul Sloman. Paul is the founder of +SUBTRACT, a design, editorial, commissioning, print/publication company.
This Spring, Paul and his company are launching three new books, including one that particularly caught my roving fashion eye, called “New Fashion Photography”
To read about Paul, the books, and a lot more including Chloe Sevigny, Scarlett Johannson, make up artists Val Garland and Ellis Faas, plus numerous other beauty tips and ideas, click on the links below to go ”TWO” ( and as I mentioned its Freeeeeeeeeeee Subscription..YAY!!!)
and for all the gadget freaks…
Download Moodie Mix Volume 8 for free here:http://www.mediafire.com/?2gqu0ens27ls16w
Or just stream from Mixcloud above.
Here’s the track listing for..MOODIE MIX VOL 8:
01 - LET THE MUSIC PLAY - SHANNON
02 - HARD TO EXPLAIN - THE STROKES
03 - DAKOTA - STEREOPHONICS
04 - COOL FOR CATS - SQUEEZE
05 - LES ARTISTES - SANTOGOLD
06 - PUSH IT - SALT N PEPA
07 - BODY II BODY - SAMANTHA MUMBA
08 - AIN’T NOBODY- RUFUS AND CHAKA KHAN
09 - LETS GO- THE ROUTERS
10 - NOT FADE AWAY- THE ROLLING STONES
IT’S A WARWICK CAPPER SPECIAL!
Well if you’re wondering who Warwick Capper is, don’t worry, I didn’t know who he was either!
I must admit I stumbled upon him whilst searching for bad haircuts online! And what a selection I found too….there’s mullets, spikes, floppy fringes, whispy fringes and Bon Jovi esque bouffants galore!
It turns out Warwick is quite well known in his homeland of Australia as a former flamboyant 80’s star on the Aussie rules football field.
He’s also just as well known it seems for his flamboyant antics off the field! Below is a scene from his (deadly serious) single he released in 1985 entitled ‘I Only Take What’s Mine.’ And if you really want, click the image to watch the video….
Apart from Aussie rules football, it seems there’s another thing Warwick is good at, and that’s making the Australian headlines!
In 1993 he posed nude with his then wife for Australian Penthouse Magazine, in 2002 he was kicked off of Australian Celebrity Big Brother for ’exposing himself’ to another contestant during an argument (?!)
In 2005 he made the headlines again when released an autobiography stating that he used illagal drugs throughout his entire football career, and again in 2009 when he ran a political campaign to gain a seat at the Queensland state election, but he missed the midday application deadline!
So there you have it…Warwick Capper, flamboyant lifestyle, flamboyant hairstyle!
HAPPY TUESDAY EVERYONE!!
Today I’m very excited to bring you the first of my make up legend Q&A’s, and I’m delighted to be starting with make up artist Val Garland. Let me give you some history…………..
Val was born in Bristol, England, and in the early 80’s emigrated to Sydney Australia where she trained as a hairdresser specialising in hair colour. In Sydney she went on to open her salon ‘Garland & Garland’ with her then partner, which anybody from Sydney will tell you, was the place to get your hair did.
Val started working on photo shoots in Australia, when one day the make up artist didn’t turn up on a shoot Val was booked on to do hair. She took the initiative to do the make up as well. This began her love affair with make up brushes and she eventually downed hairdressing tools to fully focus on make up.
In the early 90’s an Australian model named Emma Balfour was emerging as a new face of the Grunge decade, Val worked on many shoots with Emma in Australia and when Emma moved to London to be with her new boyfriend at the time photographer David Sims, Val packed her bags and left at the same time.
On her arrival in London with a portfolio full of Emma Balfour, Val swiftly gained representation and began working. I first met Val in 1995 on a Juergen Teller shoot. We had a great day and it soon became apparent to me that she had a wicked, dark sense of humour which also comes across in some of her answers below, but beyond that her creativity shone through. Her move to London allowed her to explore her range of creativity.
Val started to collaborate on Alexander McQueen’s now legendary early fashion shows in London, and also began working regularly with photographer Nick Night who she collaborated with on Vogue shoots and the memorable Dior campaigns directed by John Galliano. In 2007 Val was appointed artistic advisor to YSL make up, and more recently is now working closely with MAC Cosmetics.
Her CV and portfolio is one to be envied, consisting of numerous Vogue covers and shoots with Tim Walker, Mario Testino, Nick Night, Steven Klein and Kate Moss for Rimmel to name but a few.
Val has recently just got back to her home in London fresh off the back of a world tour with MAC cosmetics where she hosted her own MAC Masterclasses. Val demonstrated recent work from her shows, including Vivienne Westwood, but also revealed to each audience her hints and tips for wearable and most current make up trends. I’ve seen and read some of the reviews of these masterclasses and the response has been phenomenal.
And so I give you Val’s Q&A which she so kindly answered in between her extremely busy schedule. Take it away VG…….
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?
HOW DID YOU END UP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING NOW?
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU?
Comedy actress Julia Davies.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
Borough Market, London.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR CITY WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Get rid of the Dalek at London Bridge (The new building known as the Shard.)
WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW? ( MUSIC, FASHION , ART, FOOD.)
Buying my uniform for 1st day back at school. (Work)
LIST YOUR 10 FAVOURITE SONGS OF ALL TIME - (AND EXPLAIN - IF YOU WANT TO- WHY YOU CHOSE THEM.)
Hallelujah Jeff Buckley –makes me cry every time.
Stand by me Ben E King –reminds me of my teenage years.
London Calling The Clash – early clubbing years.
Out of time Blur -again makes me cry.
Resurrection Stone Roses -Looked at a lot of ceilings listening to this.
Style Council- Have You Ever Had it Blue- reminds me of the fantastic 80’s and always makes me happy.
That’s Entertainment The Jam – Also reminds me of the fantastic 80’s.
Sex by The Necks - the most relaxing sound ever. I put it on when getting a massage.
Wrap my Head Around That by Lucinda Williams- Really good anger song for when you’ve been dumped.
Moments in love by Art of Noise It reminds me of the bestest of times.
IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE?
At the bottom of the garden with the fairies.
WHAT MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP - ARE YOU STILL INTO IT NOW?
Then: Motown, Disco, Funk, Punk, Reggae, Soul.
Now: Blues, Jazz, Classical.
WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?
WHO OR WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESSERT?
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD
WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE?
LIST YOUR TOP 5 FILMS AND WHY YOU LOVE THEM.
“IF” Lindsey Anderson, Amazing maverick British director.
Roman Polanski’s “Repulsion” for a very obsessed Catherine Deneauve.
Ken Russell’s “Women in love” for that fight scene with Alan Bates and Oliver Reed.
“Happiness” An all time favorite of mine so agonizing. The living hell of not so ordinary lives.
Everything by the Coen Brothers , especially “Fargo”
WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
Salted Caramel Ice Cream.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT?
MANY THANKS TO VAL FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS………
Follow Val on twitter HERE.
For Val’s Instagram click HERE
MOODIE NEWS: NEW EDITORIAL OUT THIS MONTH
Shot on the windy moors of Cornwall and a studio for Italian Vogue May 2013.
Photos by Emma Summerton .
Make Up Mathias Van Hooff.
Styling Sarah Richardson.
Model Aymeline Valade
ON ALL FOURS!!
And today Buster’s showing off his cool new Summer ‘fro and colour.
He’s gone all pink ‘cause it makes the bitches wink !!!!! ( remember, a bitch is the correct term for female dogs everyone, just before anyone gets funny about me using the word!!! haha)
PINKISSIMO PINK, courtesy of Crazy Color- available online or at all leading hair suppliers, ie: Sally Beauty