R IS FOR REPUBLICA

Republica featured the singing talents of Saffron (ex-N-Joi) and Tim dorney (ex Flowered Up). Their brand of dance pop was extraordinarily successful in the USA, with smash-hit “Ready To Go” appearing at sports venues everywhere. They were much less successful in the UK and soon foundered.

As Brit-pop remained popular in England during the mid-’90s, Republica hit the charts with a sound closer in feel to ’80s indie-dance groups such as the Pet Shop Boys and New Order. Vocalist Saffron was born in Nigeria, and began singing with club-staples N-Joi and the Shamen, as well as Jah Wobble. By 1995, she had met keyboard players Tim Dorney (previously with Flowered Up) and Andy Todd (who has produced Barbra Streisand and Bjork, among others). They began writing songs, and after recruiting guitarist Johnny Male and drummer Dave Barborossa, Republica debuted with the single “Out of the Darkness.” U.K. indie-dance label Deconstruction signed the group and released its self-titled debut. From the album, “Ready to Go” became a hit both in England and in the States, where it stormed the alternative Top Ten during late 1996. The follow-up, 1998’s Speed Ballads, only gained British distribution. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

They’ve featured on this blog before, so a different selection of tracks this time, including a rare Chemical Brothers mix:

Republica – Out Of This world (Chemical Brothers Dub)  

Republica – Bitch (Way Out West Mix)  

Republica – Holly (Club Mix)  

Republica – Ready To Go (Original Mix)  

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~ by acidted on November 7, 2009.

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