Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online. He can be reached at claycane@gmail.com.


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    Thursday, June 12, 2008

    Ya'll just couldn't take the five brown-skinned versions of Prince with catastrophic Jheri curls and a fake British accent! Let me tell you something, I loved some Ready For The World, they would sing that wet mane, bat their eyes, looking like cheap '80's porn stars and the ladies would swoon.

    Funny thing about Ready For The World is that even though they were a bit of gimmick, they were actually some talented young men. All from Flint, Michigan (they were faking that British accent way before Tina Turner!), they were a full band with five instruments played between all of them: drums, keyboards, bass, guitar, and percussion. Plus, Melvin Riley as the lead vocalist, who actually had a great voice even though he was clearly imitating Prince. Check out their greatest hits:

    "Oh Shelia" (1985) is the first single to simultaneously hit number one on the R&B, Billboard Hot 100, and the Hot Dance Club Play charts. Allegedly, during the making of the song the band was listening to Prince’s music. The video is a hoot today and was even a hoot back then!

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    Their second and last number one hit, "Love You Down" (1986). This song is classic!

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