Manchild – Neneh Cherry (1989)

CIRCA Records YR 30

Neneh Cherry was born Neneh Mariann Karlsson in Stockholm, Sweden, moved to the USA and later moved to London, England when aged 14. Reading her biography her background indicates she is from a very artistic/musical family and her own musical diversity includes such genres as Punk, Rock, Dub, Alternative dance, Pop, Rap, Jazz, Electronic and Hip Hop. She has collaborated with several artists and contributed too many bands. The track was co-written by Neneh and her husband Cameron McVey and Robert Del Naja. Although a big hit single it did not chart in the US where it was released via Virgin Records. In the UK it peaked at #5 in week 3 of its 10 week run on the top 75. It reached the top ten in at least 6 other European territories and New Zealand, plus a minor hit in Australia.   

Front cover of the sleeve for Manchild

Neneh considers herself a singer who does a bit of rapping. This has some good vocal moments but she gives a fine rapping performance. The track was featured on her top ten album (UK #2) “Raw like sushi”. The photograph for that album cover was taken by renowned photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino, who’s name appears in very small lettering on the back of the sleeve of the single in the bottom left hand corner. Neneh says he has been a very big influence on her. 

Neneh is still recording and colloborating in projects both in music and arts & design.

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