October 24, 2008

Old School Friday: Ready for the World

Mrs. Grapevine established 'One-Hit Wonders' as the theme for this week's Old School Friday meme. There were a couple of groups that came to mind for me, including Force MDs, The Jones Girls, Anita Ward and even the Sugar Hill Gang.

However, at the end of the day I settled on Ready for the World. They had a #1 hit called, 'Oh Sheila' ... a song originally written by Prince to honor Sheila E.


READY FOR THE WORLD - Oh Sheila
by papafonk

Backstage Interview with RFTW


15 comments:

pjazzypar said...

Good pick! But the Jones Girls are definitely not one hit wonders. "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else", "Nights Over Egypt" and "I'm At Your Mercy" come to mind. Back to Ready For The World...They are from my hometown and I remember when they were riding high on the success of "Oh Sheila. This song takes me back to the Big 80's.

Vivrant Thang said...

Gotta love some Ready for The World and this is one of my faves from them. I agree with pjazzy that Oh Sheila definitely constitutes another hit for them. That is STILL my jam. Whew! Pjazzy gonna make me go get my Jones Girls on too. Nights Over Egypt and You Gonna...!!!!

Happy OSF Villager.

Invisible Woman said...

Good one!

Regina said...

Nice Pick! I like RFTW, but I don't consider them truly one hit wonders. They had the hit song "Tonight" and also "Love You Down"!

teamowens313 said...

Ready for the World!
Wow. Gotta admit that video cracked me up. I don't remember the band at all, but I definitely remember that siong. Guess that proves they really were a one-hit wonder, eh?

Good choice.

(¯`·._.·[***Fresh&Fab***]·._.·´¯) said...

gr8 pick, i wondered what happend to them, at least they left on a high, im getting


anyway, have a gr8 weekend

MrsGrapevine said...

Oh my feelings are hurt, I love this group, I can't believe you called them a one-hit wonder. What about Slide Over, Can't He Do Like This-That, Girl Tonight, Love You Down, and Gently.

Sorry I'm slightly obsessed with this group and may have more songs in my ipod that most normal folk don't have.

Great choice, one of my all time favorite groups.

MsMarvalus said...

Good pick!

Hagar's Daughter said...

I find myself singing this song out of the blue - don't know why; maybe I knew deep down that Prince wrote it - lol. I didn't know Prince wrote this for Sheila E.

Mz.Bria2U said...

Hey Villager!! I forgot about RFTW and they're a Michigander like me!! how r u? i know all is well with u...take care!
Bria
U Better Recognize

Hey Shae! said...

They had lots of songs I like and still listen to, but I don't know if they really charted well so maybe they are one hit wonders. Hmm... I'm on the fence. Nice choice.

Malcolm said...

"Oh Sheila" is a cool song, but RFTW aren't one-hit wonders. In addition to "Oh Sheila", they had such hits as "Digital Display" and "Love You Down". Also, Prince didn't write "Oh Sheila". I think the rumor that Prince did write it got started because RFTW sounded like him. It was actually written by three of the band members. According to lead singer/co-writer Melvin Riley, the name Sheila was made up.

Because I'm from Flint and attended the same school as some of them, RFTW takes me back. I remember seeing the lead singer perform solo at a talent show; the guitar player was in my Drafting class.

Villager said...

Malcolm - Melvin Riley did have a career in music after RFTW broke up. However, I think that the others are working regular jobs now.

re: One-Hit Wonder. The definition is having a #1 hit out of the gate ... and never following it up with another #1 hit. I don't think that Digital Display or Love You Down made it to the top of the charts.

re: Flint schools -- I wonder if any school still teaches 'drafting'? I remember taking that course back in the day and enjoying it very much. Nobody uses pencils anymore (sigh)...

Malcolm said...

Thanks for responding Villager. Although I've heard many definitions for one-hit wonder, this is the first time I've heard it with that criteria (having a #1 hit out of the gate ... and never following it up with another #1 hit). With that criteria, other artists such as Sheena Easton, Eurythmics, The Pet Shop Boys, and The Spice Girls would be considered "one-hit wonders"... even though they had several hits after their first smash went to #1. Maybe there should be a category called "one #1 hit wonders" or something... I'm just saying. :-)

Now that you mention it, I also wonder if schools teach drafting anymore.

Villager said...

Malcolm - re: drafting. I don't think that I've ever used that cool contact paper that we used to use back in drafting classes. Nor have I ever had to design my own home or anything useful. But, I do have fond memories of the class. I may need to write a post seeking 'drafting class alumni' (smile)...