To celebrate the 30th anniversary of UK pop pioneer Neneh Cherry’s landmark debut Raw Like Sushi, director Stephen Isaac-Wilson has re-imagined the iconic ‘Buffalo Stance’ video for 2020.
As the lead single from her career-launching album, the original ‘Buffalo Stance’ video not only introduced Neneh as the new face of the London underground, but also the community that she came from, featuring a diverse cast of artists, photographers, designers and musicians helmed by famed stylist Ray Petri, who created the “Buffalo” style movement.
Award-winning London based filmmaker Stephen Isaac-Wilson was tapped to re-imagine the visual for 2020, matching archival footage against newly shot imagery of the new class of London creatives. Wilson also references Judy Blame’s styling of Cherry’s trailblazing looks in the video, while making it look forward-looking.
“I wanted to make something that celebrated some of the moments and figures of UK club culture and observed the cultural and political similarities between 1989 and 2019, whilst attempting to pay homage to the energy, spirit and vibrancy of the original ‘Buffalo Stance’ music video,” shared Wilson in a statement.
Judy Blame’s iconic styling of the original video has been recontextualised for 2020 by rising star Gareth Wrighton, with the video featuring London based creatives and scene behemoths like poet-activist Abondance Matanda, London-based writer Bwalya Newton, Miss Jason of Jason’s Closet and the editor of Ruins Magazine, Christos Petritzis. As well as dancers Abdourahman Njie, Harry Alexander, Kaner Flex, Malik Nashad Sharpe, Maji Claire, Saul Nash and Tolu Oshodi – all regulars in the clubbing scene.
“When Stephen approached me with the idea, we both sort of knew what the look was,” Wrighton told ID magazine in a recent interview. “What is familiar to us, what does London look like now, what are the girls wearing in the club, and how can we amp it up enough so it translated to film but still felt familiar and like it belonged to us?” The result is nostalgic trip and celebration of what’s happening right now all at once.”
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Raw Like Sushi, an album that culturally, musically and stylistically defined a generation, the album has been remastered at Abbey Road and released in super deluxe format across 3CD and 3LP heavyweight vinyl box sets, as well as in special edition alternative gold vinyl and digital formats, and 1CD and 1LP formats.
The super deluxe editions also include a stunning 48-page 12x12 book packed full of iconic photos, new interviews, liner notes and memorabilia. The album features five of Neneh’s biggest singles including the worldwide smash hit single, ‘Buffalo Stance’, as well as hit singles ‘Manchild’ produced by Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja, ‘Kisses On The Wind’, ‘Heart’ and ‘Inna City Mamma’.
Raw Like Sushi is set for release on 31 January and can be pre-ordered here.