Top 30 Songs of 1991: #14
De La Soul “Ring, Ring, Ring” The song is a party jam about overzealous fans who pursue the group with demo tapes with hopes to obtain an endorsement from the group. It was inspired by one overzealous fan in particular, Breakestra frontman Miles Tackett, who was shopping demo tapes to the group.
It’s hilarious that the track is inspired by a true story yet they still made it fun. Prince Paul produced the track and did an excellent job capturing the essence and the spirit of the song. The chorus uses lyrics and melody from the Curiosity Killed the Cat song "Name and Number". The bass in the introduction comes from Lou Johnson's "Beat" and the drum break is from The Honey Drippers' "Impeach the President". This was a popular song around the world reaching #1
in UK, Switzerland, & Finland and top 10 in 9 other countries. It reached #16
on the Billboard 100. It was a track that reached crossover success while simply following their own formula and making good music. #DeLaSoul #RingRingRing #HaHaHey #NativeTongues #PrincePaul #EastCoastHipHop #LongIslandHipHop
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