En Vogue singles poll

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lotta jams to choose from here imo

Poll Results

OptionVotes
My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) 26
Don't Let Go (Love) 11
Hold On 6
Free Your Mind 5
Whatta Man (with Salt-N-Pepa) 5
Giving Him Something He Can Feel 2
Whatever 1
Runaway Love 1
No Fool No More 0
Riddle 0
Losin' My Mind 0
Too Gone, Too Long 0
Love Don't Love You 0
Give It Up Turn It Loose 0
Yesterday 0
Don't Go 0
You Don't Have To Worry 0
Lies 0
Ooh Boy 0


williamstevenjames (some dude), Friday, 28 January 2011 15:27 (six years ago) Permalink

fuck i misspelled the group name in the thread title. can a mod fix that if they feel so inclined?

williamstevenjames (some dude), Friday, 28 January 2011 15:27 (six years ago) Permalink

"My Lovin" or "Whatta Man." I never liked these chicks as much as I should.

Rich Lolwry (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 28 January 2011 15:29 (six years ago) Permalink

"Free Your Mind," which always reminded me of Labelle's rock side (despite watering down Funkadelic's words.)

xhuxk, Friday, 28 January 2011 15:43 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah "Free Your Mind" seemed cooler to me before i realized it bowdlerized something from before my time, but it's still pretty great and one of those rare token 'rock moves' by an R&B act that just kind of slays no matter how credibly hard-rocking it is or isn't.

williamstevenjames (some dude), Friday, 28 January 2011 15:55 (six years ago) Permalink

Never gonna get never gonna get it. Never gonna get it never gonna get it. Never gonna get it. Never gonna get it-bawap bam boooowooo-oooh!

Bernard V. O'Hare (dog latin), Friday, 28 January 2011 15:56 (six years ago) Permalink

Haha, I was about to write ^^^

An Artily Shot Sesame Street (Eazy), Friday, 28 January 2011 15:57 (six years ago) Permalink

think i'm gonna throw my vote to "Giving Him Something He Can Feel," which is my favorite that I don't anticipate being a serious contender in this poll, because it seems like something that retro from the early '90s would age poorly and covering Aretha is such dicey territory but man, they really just kill it. also the video was kind of a woah puberty moment for me.

williamstevenjames (some dude), Friday, 28 January 2011 16:04 (six years ago) Permalink

this is way harder than i thought it would be. "my lovin" and "free your mind" are prob the frontrunners (i exclude "whatta man" cuz it's salt'n'pepa's song really), and for good reason given that they're both fucking monsters, kind of want to give love to "hold on" (harmonies almost as great as That Moment in "my lovin") and "don't let go (love)" which is one of those great songs that erodes the banger/ballad distinction quite effectively

lextasy refix (lex pretend), Friday, 28 January 2011 16:08 (six years ago) Permalink

I never liked these chicks as much as I should.

Yeah, I kind of wrote them off as some contrived pop thing and then proceeded to hum along to their songs every time I heard them.

Voted 'Whatta Man' but it was close.

Le mépris vient de la tête, la haine vient du cœur (Michael White), Friday, 28 January 2011 16:09 (six years ago) Permalink

This is so hard!

My Lovin' or Whatta Man, I think.

‎\(^o\) (/o^)/ (ENBB), Friday, 28 January 2011 16:23 (six years ago) Permalink

Wait I like Lex's idea of excluding Whatta Man because of S 'n P. My Lovin' it is. It's a fantastic song anyway so I'm happy to vote for it.

‎\(^o\) (/o^)/ (ENBB), Friday, 28 January 2011 16:25 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, based on Lex's logic, I would have voted thus too.

Le mépris vient de la tête, la haine vient du cœur (Michael White), Friday, 28 January 2011 16:28 (six years ago) Permalink

also the video was kind of a woah puberty moment for me.

goole, Friday, 28 January 2011 16:28 (six years ago) Permalink

(I love Whatta Man though - still know all the words)

‎\(^o\) (/o^)/ (ENBB), Friday, 28 January 2011 16:29 (six years ago) Permalink

ooooooOOOOOOOH

BOPP

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Friday, 28 January 2011 16:29 (six years ago) Permalink

NEVAH GONNA GET IT NEVAH GONNA GET IT
NEEEEEVAH GONNA GET IT NEVAH GONNA GET IT

Cars and Freedom (Noodle Vague), Friday, 28 January 2011 16:30 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm going to have that stuck in my head all day long now.

‎\(^o\) (/o^)/ (ENBB), Friday, 28 January 2011 16:31 (six years ago) Permalink

Also used as a great sample on Cube's "You Ain't Gonna Take My Life"

Cars and Freedom (Noodle Vague), Friday, 28 January 2011 16:32 (six years ago) Permalink

also the video was kind of a woah puberty moment for me.

Yeah, might have to vote for GHSHCF just because the video had such an impact when I was little. Had a huge crush on Dawn even as a young gay boy.

big jeans (lou), Friday, 28 January 2011 17:00 (six years ago) Permalink

Voted "My Lovin'" on impulse but damn, they had some amazing tunes. Could have easily gone for "Hold On", "Lies" or "Don't Let Go" (like lex, I tend to think of "Whatta Man" as a Salt-n-Pepa track).

Roz, Friday, 28 January 2011 17:59 (six years ago) Permalink

I thought about leaving out "Whatta Man," but considering that it was 1) on an En Vogue album and 2) was their only really hit collaboration, not one of many that could be a separate poll, I let it stay.

williamstevenjames (some dude), Friday, 28 January 2011 18:00 (six years ago) Permalink

'funky divas' was one of the first cassettes i ever owned!

'my lovin' ftw. i'm not sure i remember how any of the songs post-"don't let go" even go

based god fillets with olive oil, cook for an additional 6 minutes (donna rouge), Friday, 28 January 2011 18:04 (six years ago) Permalink

loved that cassette too, at a time when 'free your mind' was the hardest thing i had ever heard

bows don't kill people, arrows do (Jordan), Friday, 28 January 2011 18:10 (six years ago) Permalink

i'm not sure i remember how any of the songs post-"don't let go" even go

― based god fillets with olive oil, cook for an additional 6 minutes (donna rouge), Friday, January 28, 2011 1:04 PM (7 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

don't worry about it, neither does anybody else

williamstevenjames (some dude), Friday, 28 January 2011 18:13 (six years ago) Permalink

The first music I ever owned was the cassingle of My Lovin'. It's still one of my all-time favs.

Fetchboy, Friday, 28 January 2011 18:47 (six years ago) Permalink

Probably "My Lovin", but "Don't Let Go" absolutely slays at house parties, wedding receptions, hens nights etc.

Tim F, Friday, 28 January 2011 22:46 (six years ago) Permalink

I was just telling Surm a couple of days ago how much I still love Don't Let Go.

silence is a rhythm too (Turangalila), Saturday, 29 January 2011 00:02 (six years ago) Permalink

"YOU'VE GOT THE RIGHT! YOU'VE GOT THE RIGHT!"

Tim F, Saturday, 29 January 2011 00:21 (six years ago) Permalink

^^i just had that exact moment

lextasy refix (lex pretend), Saturday, 29 January 2011 00:24 (six years ago) Permalink

voted 'don't let go' over 'hold on'.

balls, Saturday, 29 January 2011 00:40 (six years ago) Permalink

'don't let go' is one of the best songs of all time

i like lucy (surm), Saturday, 29 January 2011 02:29 (six years ago) Permalink

i sing it a lot

it's up there wit like toni ur makin me high classic

i like lucy (surm), Saturday, 29 January 2011 02:35 (six years ago) Permalink

always liked "Don't Let Go"

eep opp ork ah ah...and that means suck my dick (San Te), Saturday, 29 January 2011 03:56 (six years ago) Permalink

i think opting to sing in unison for the first half of the chorus works really nicely because it gives the first half a lot of oomph, and it sets up the second half nicely when they dive into the harmonies.

eep opp ork ah ah...and that means suck my dick (San Te), Saturday, 29 January 2011 03:57 (six years ago) Permalink

yea that's like the key

i like lucy (surm), Saturday, 29 January 2011 03:57 (six years ago) Permalink

wait that is actually really weird that this thread was started yesterday cuz Turangalila was JUST obsessing about this song with me

i like lucy (surm), Saturday, 29 January 2011 04:02 (six years ago) Permalink

i had assumed he started the poll!

i like lucy (surm), Saturday, 29 January 2011 04:02 (six years ago) Permalink

:P

silence is a rhythm too (Turangalila), Saturday, 29 January 2011 04:10 (six years ago) Permalink

What's it gonna be cos I can't pretend.

Inevitable stupid dubstep mix (chap), Saturday, 29 January 2011 12:42 (six years ago) Permalink

prob will vote "hold on" but also like "give it up turn it loose" a lot

horseshoe, Saturday, 29 January 2011 13:51 (six years ago) Permalink

What's it gonna be cos I can't pretend.

You gotta make the sacrifice, somebody's got to choose.

Tim F, Saturday, 29 January 2011 13:57 (six years ago) Permalink

"Hold On" for sentimental reasons -- recall walking through my neighborhood during spring/summer 1990, hearing it blast out of so many cars, and never tiring of it. Plus, for whatever reason, I never felt the least bit sheepish about playing it myself. (Don't know if anyone had a similar experience while being in high school around that time, but males would get seriously clowned for listening to modern R&B.)

Andy K, Saturday, 29 January 2011 14:18 (six years ago) Permalink

(Unless it was "Hold On" or Guy, iIrc.)

Andy K, Saturday, 29 January 2011 14:19 (six years ago) Permalink

the tittle can't be edited? it awkward

gospodin simmel, Saturday, 29 January 2011 14:40 (six years ago) Permalink

I asked for it to be changed on the Moderator Request Forum already, don't know what else I can do

based god on a true based god story based god (some dude), Saturday, 29 January 2011 14:52 (six years ago) Permalink

Don't Let Go may be my favourite ever rnb ballad, thinking about it.

Inevitable stupid dubstep mix (chap), Saturday, 29 January 2011 15:01 (six years ago) Permalink

I didn't remember "Don't Let Go" until I sampled it on iTunes last night, and went, "Oh! THAT one!"

Rich Lolwry (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 29 January 2011 15:27 (six years ago) Permalink

I also liked it cuz the early 90's stuff sounds really really dated now and Don't Let Go doesn't.

eep opp ork ah ah...and that means suck my dick (San Te), Saturday, 29 January 2011 15:42 (six years ago) Permalink

My Lovin' because I remember the video being awesome and the demonic "You Bet" voice on the break.

Has No Shame (MintIce), Sunday, 30 January 2011 02:15 (six years ago) Permalink

thank you to abbott for the thread title fix!

some dude, Tuesday, 1 February 2011 03:01 (six years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 4 February 2011 00:01 (six years ago) Permalink

Come on, a lot of these are good but My Lovin' is straight up one of the best songs ever.

Matt DC, Friday, 4 February 2011 00:08 (six years ago) Permalink

I have to agree despite my desire to throw a bone to something else.

Know what's actually really good? Masterpiece Theatre. Though my favourite tracks ("Those Dogs", "Latin Soul", "Beat of Love" etc.) weren't singles.

Tim F, Friday, 4 February 2011 00:10 (six years ago) Permalink

"free your mind" video is so fkn fierce

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7iQbBbMAFE

lextasy refix (lex pretend), Friday, 4 February 2011 00:21 (six years ago) Permalink

i should get masterpiece theatre. only en vogue album i own in full is funky divas.

lextasy refix (lex pretend), Friday, 4 February 2011 00:21 (six years ago) Permalink

this is the rare occasion where you call something fierce and i say "otm." savor it.

hercudeez and nuts affair (some dude), Friday, 4 February 2011 00:22 (six years ago) Permalink

i should get masterpiece theatre.

Lex tell me you've heard "Those Dogs"!?!?!?!

Tim F, Friday, 4 February 2011 01:52 (six years ago) Permalink

want to go for the lovemaking heartbreaking soulshaking but kinda wonder whether if in doing so i'd not be paying sufficient tribute to their totally amazing greek chorus-ish harmonizing (which brilliantly ridiculous 'those dogs' suggests was never used enough for a evil). could argue it's their most generic song in terms of it getting by on power fluctuation alone.

bit surprised rev hasnt been on here to reiterate 'whatever' reppage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXaOZeB7v9Y

song isn't a classic by any means but babyface makes a nice entry into the fake timbo friki-frikipedia with it. and the video alone!! the most 1997 thing you ever did see.

r|t|c, Friday, 4 February 2011 02:30 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, "Whatever" is dope. Not sure I've ever vocally repped for it tho? Voted for "My Lovin'" at any rate.

The Reverend, Friday, 4 February 2011 02:33 (six years ago) Permalink

I guess I have.

Listened to En Vogue's greatest hits tonight. Besides the obvious world-beating songs, I never noticed how great the production on "Whatever" from 1997 is.

― Merzbox and whale songs (The Reverend), Sunday, August 23, 2009 1:54 AM Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

The Reverend, Friday, 4 February 2011 02:34 (six years ago) Permalink

don't really know why i remembered that either.

"Don't Let Go" absolutely slays at house parties, wedding receptions, hens nights etc.

lol yeah when those first piano chords dawn people are SO. READY. very serious faces.

r|t|c, Friday, 4 February 2011 02:37 (six years ago) Permalink

friki-frikipedia

!!!

people are SO. READY. very serious faces.

those parties are some serious shit. The promise of impending lovemaking heartbreaking soulshaking actually sounds quite real.

Tim F, Friday, 4 February 2011 03:26 (six years ago) Permalink

Lex tell me you've heard "Those Dogs"!?!?!?!

nope! i am so downloading this albu tho.

lextasy refix (lex pretend), Friday, 4 February 2011 08:38 (six years ago) Permalink

Glad I went back to the best of before voting. My Lovin, Free Your Mind and Whatta Man stuck in my mind but Don't Let Go is the tune.

I've been dancing since 9 and I'm tired and hungry (Dorianlynskey), Friday, 4 February 2011 09:40 (six years ago) Permalink

"Hold On," just because it felt so needed at that moment--the first of many hip-hop-influenced '90s singles that began making late-'80s Top 40 sound as unfunky as it was, relatively speaking.

Pete Scholtes, Friday, 4 February 2011 16:30 (six years ago) Permalink

"if i could wear you close, i'd pretend i was you" - that line on "don't let go (love)" is THE EMOTIONAL PEAK

lextasy refix (lex pretend), Friday, 4 February 2011 18:43 (six years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 5 February 2011 00:01 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's about right.

jim b?m (The Reverend), Saturday, 5 February 2011 00:27 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah, nice spread of votes, great turnout...glad i finally remembered to start this thread, had been meaning to forever

hercudeez and nuts affair (some dude), Saturday, 5 February 2011 02:21 (six years ago) Permalink

Wow. OK I had never knowingly heard "Don't Let Go" before this thread and... OMG.

Does it sound a little like a Prince song to anybody else?

Anyway. Holy shit. I have rewound this like 20 times in the last two days.

"if i could wear you close, i'd pretend i was you" - that line on "don't let go (love)" is THE EMOTIONAL PEAK

Isn't it "If I could wear your CLOTHES, I'd etc"? There are some lines I can't really decipher though. Something about the stars, and two hearts speaking to each other. Whatever. This song is the fucking nine-pound hammer.

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Monday, 7 February 2011 10:52 (six years ago) Permalink

I can't remember how Hold On went; whenever I try, I end up thinking of the Wilson Phillips song that was also popular at the time. I'm also having trouble remembering "Don't Let Go" which for some reason makes me think of Eternal's "Just A Step From Heaven" when I try to summon it.

Still, possibly one of the greatest all-female vocal groups to ever hit the charts and My Lovin' is a zenith-like example.

Bernard V. O'Hare (dog latin), Monday, 7 February 2011 12:38 (six years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Man, I thought Funky Divas was good but Born to Sing is like even more next level

hoda nkotb (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 10 April 2013 22:46 (four years ago) Permalink

also lol at "Time Goes On" riffing on Electric Cafe-era Kraftwerk. This is like one of the best intros of all time.

hoda nkotb (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 10 April 2013 22:48 (four years ago) Permalink

"don't let go (love)" which is one of those great songs that erodes the banger/ballad distinction quite effectively

― lextasy refix (lex pretend), Friday, January 28, 2011 8:08 AM Bookmark

hehehe

sandra dayo connor (The Reverend), Wednesday, 10 April 2013 22:55 (four years ago) Permalink

not sure how I didn't vote for that song tbh

sandra dayo connor (The Reverend), Wednesday, 10 April 2013 22:56 (four years ago) Permalink

i don't like that song v much and it is totally not a banger.

hoda nkotb (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 10 April 2013 22:57 (four years ago) Permalink

i mean it's a power ballad maybe but certainly not a banger.

hoda nkotb (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 10 April 2013 22:57 (four years ago) Permalink

It works very well at hen's nights IME

Tim F, Wednesday, 10 April 2013 22:59 (four years ago) Permalink

all tru power ballads are bangers

r|t|c, Wednesday, 10 April 2013 23:05 (four years ago) Permalink

^^^ truth

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 10 April 2013 23:07 (four years ago) Permalink

"dont let go not a banger" is surely among the most astoundingly, self-evidently rong statements i've ever read on here. epic voight-kampff fail

r|t|c, Wednesday, 10 April 2013 23:13 (four years ago) Permalink

Also no song inspires people to move their hands in a vague approximation of the notes of the harmony so much as the "you've got the right, you've got the right!" vamping on this song.

Tim F, Wednesday, 10 April 2013 23:35 (four years ago) Permalink

tbh I wish I heard them more often down here. They've vanished -- TLC and Destiny's Child take their space.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 10 April 2013 23:37 (four years ago) Permalink

I taught myself how to play "Don't Let Go" on piano

sandra dayo connor (The Reverend), Wednesday, 10 April 2013 23:48 (four years ago) Permalink

i don't like that song v much and it is totally not a banger.

you just need to hear it blasting out of surm's living room speakers and it will open right up for you, promise.

How to Destroy How to Dress Well (lou), Wednesday, 10 April 2013 23:51 (four years ago) Permalink

If I could wear your clothes
I'd pretend I was you
And lose control

this lyric always gives me very brief pause for reflection, before i instantly forget about it afterwards each time as the chorus sweeps back out

r|t|c, Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:00 (four years ago) Permalink

it's like ok wear clothes, right, metaphor... oh no wait whoa she's actually wearing them

r|t|c, Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:01 (four years ago) Permalink

/i don't like that song v much and it is totally not a banger./

you just need to hear it blasting out of surm's living room speakers and it will open right up for you, promise.

oh?

hoda nkotb (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 11 April 2013 01:04 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Listened to En Vogue's greatest hits tonight. Besides the obvious world-beating songs, I never noticed how great the production on "Whatever" from 1997 is.

― Merzbox and whale songs (The Reverend), Sunday, August 23, 2009

man this arrangement kills. Those descending BOM-BOM-BOMMMS.

A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 28 June 2013 03:11 (four years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

My girlfriend got us En Vogue tickets as a slightly jokey Valentines present - they were so enjoyable! Ridiculously slick vocals, and bouncing around the stage like teenagers. I was shocked to learn that the oldest one is 54, you wouldn't have pegged any of them past mid thirties.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Wednesday, 2 March 2016 10:08 (one year ago) Permalink

Was the the Mighty Hoop-la festival at the weekend there?

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 2 March 2016 20:11 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

they came out with a single this year and it's great!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXneXgisr5o

feels super right that raphael saddiq produced it.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 2 December 2017 22:36 (one week ago) Permalink

oakland! surprised they haven't worked together before

brimstead, Saturday, 2 December 2017 23:38 (one week ago) Permalink

I had forgotten about “fake timbo friki-frikipedia”

Tim F, Sunday, 3 December 2017 04:53 (one week ago) Permalink

Also any En Vogue thread revive is an opportunity to remind people to check “Those Dogs”.

Tim F, Sunday, 3 December 2017 04:58 (one week ago) Permalink

ty :)

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 3 December 2017 10:57 (one week ago) Permalink


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