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1996, Alternative Dance, Pop, Republica, Rock, Synthpop, Techno-Punk

10. Something for the Weekend: Republica “Ready to Go”

Republica "Ready to Go" (1996)

When English band Republica released “Ready to Go” in 1996, it must be said that I had a huge thing for lead singer Saffron when all of 14-years-old.

So it may be no surprise that I at the ripe old age of 28, the Nigerian born lady still tickles my inner groin in the same way that sweet tea tickles my noise and air box.

The band really weren’t around for very long and were for all intents and purposes, a ‘one-hit wonder’; although their follow-up “Drop Dead Gorgeous” actually reached higher in the charts, no one can remember what it sounds like.

Such a shame then that the video to represent Republica’s sole hit is so fucking irritating. Essentially as the promo-video for “Ready to Go” has all the artistic merit of a 4-year-old vomiting on a blank canvas and his/her parent’s calling it a masterpiece.
To put this into perspective, it has all the subtle of Sylvester Stallone reading Hamlet, while pneumatic drills interject every word with harsh charges of chain-link tearing on concrete.

So nauseating in fact, is this sub-4 minute wonder, that it seems almost designed to impregnate one with epilepsy upon initial viewing; however if you wish to watch a video where a freak of a director plays with the zoom button for the entire duration, then be my guest.
Just don’t expect me to pick you up off the floor afterwards. At least the world will never have to worry about them again, right? Right???

Well worry no more folks, because in April of this year Republica announced that they were getting back together and that a(nother) remix of “Ready to Go” was about to hit shelves everywhere.
If only a word had been invented that could adequately express my joy, wonderment or horror – beware not, Republica will be coming to a gig/festival near you soon (probably).


About Leigh O'Gorman

Give me motor racing, music and Doctor Who anytime


2 thoughts on “10. Something for the Weekend: Republica “Ready to Go”

  1. Ah… the electricity pylons… it’s all coming back now! 🙂

    Posted by Mav | July 22, 2011, 8:59 pm

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