Robyn drops the visual to re-imagine Neneh Cherry’s “Buffalo Stance”
It’s true that while no moneyman can win our love, a good cover of a pop classic is the sweetness we always think of. We therefore naturally panicked last month when Robyne has teamed up with Mapei and producer Dev Hynes to drop their ace reimagining of Neneh Cherry’s timeless late ’80s banger “Buffalo Stance,” and today (April 12) we’re treated to a visual appropriate.
The clip was directed by Manchester-born, Brooklyn-based model India Sleem and stars, Laid actor and figure in the LGBTQ+ community Indya Moore, who is joined here by other young queer and BIPOC creators who reinforce Cherry’s original position as pride for and among those who are marginalized. Cherry once described a “Buffalo Stance” as a type of attitude a person needs to get by; nearly 35 years later, the sentiment remains as true as ever.
“The imprint that Neneh Cherry’s voice left on my 10-year-old brain has stuck with me ever since I first heard ‘Buffalo Stance’,” says Robyn. “How she repeated ‘no money man…can win my love’ and the riff at the end of the song stuck with me and inspired many songs I’ve written since then. The raspy low tones and power of the high frequencies in her voice, revealing truths about what it’s like to be a girl with no excuses, were extremely inspiring… Even though I didn’t understand all the words, I knew Neneh was on my side.”
She certainly is.