9 Songs, 42 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5

62 Ratings

62 Ratings

Ready to go back to high school anyway!

Dapper Dave C

OK. Take this with a grain of salt because music like this means something only in the context of your life. If you listened to this when you were 18 like I did and every song meant some huge thing to you about some girlfriend or another then, yes, you'll probably dig hearing it again like I have. If, however, you were familiar only with "Oh Sheila" then the rest of the tunes here might just be a slightly different version of other songs from that same era.

That said, RFTW came out and pretty much funked-up the whole scene. Unless you were familiar somehow with larger, more popular acts like Parliament and, more recently, Prince (before the myriad name/symbol changes), RFTW had a sound that was totally new. The staccato, percussion and thumping bass was like little that had come before it, and the synth'ed out production of the whole album was crazy cool. I burned through my cassette in a few months and had to buy another one. Similar acts like Jesse Johnson's Revue were out at about the same time and generated a similar buzz but, track for track, this album won out in my opinion. Listen to "Human Toy" (not much guesswork there, is there?) and "I'm the One Who Loves You" were two of the better songs that never got any airplay. Of course, "Oh Sheila" and "Digital Display" rocked, too.

For what it's worth, I still listen to this album now and again if for no reason other than to remember what it was like to have stupid crushes and agonize over girls who never remembered my name to begin with.

But I digress.

Today's Artist Are Not Ready for the World or Radio.


I miss music like this artist of the 80's were the last of the truly talent musicains.

I miss RFTW


What is the best way to describe this album to someone who is too young to have listened to it when it was released? I'll say this: Sampling every one of my friends, their musical taste spanning most every genre, and themselves made up of widely varying backgrounds, each person I ask not only remembers the record as great-every single one of them would put it in their top 10 of the 80's.
It will sound a little dated if you didn't grow up on it. But put on Oh Sheila at a party and you'll bring down the house.

About Ready for the World

A Michigan funk band with slight rock leanings, Ready for the World parlayed Melvin Riley's whining vocals and some trendy production into a pair of number one R&B hits in the mid-'80s for MCA. Riley, Gordon Strozier, Gregory Potts, Willie Triplett, John Eaton, and Gerald Valentine began on their own Blue Lake label before signing with MCA. The label reissued the song "Tonight," and it reached number six on the R&B charts in 1984. They followed it with "Deep Inside Your Love," another Top Ten R&B single, then had their first of two chart-toppers in "Oh Sheila." It got them a huge crossover smash, ultimately topping the pop lists as well. They scored their fourth consecutive Top Ten R&B record with "Digital Display," then had two flop singles before "Love You Down" put them back on top of the R&B world in 1986. It was their last hit and peaked at number nine pop. ~ Ron Wynn

Flint, MI




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