Saturday, 15 February 2020

The Fresh Prince Of Bellend A&Rs

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air (full version)
(From the TV show; 1990/Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince Greatest Hits album; 1998)



The biggest mistake Them crackers at Jive™ made wasn't continually delaying The Clipse's Hell Hath No Fury, it was not releasing the full Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air theme as a single back in 1990/1991. A no-brainer global hit in waiting, that shit coulda been as big as Summertime and made the world a more fun place in the process. Instead Jive came up with the bizarre decision to only release it as a Netherlands-exclusive and not even in its original form. Whichever A&R came up with that idea should have been fired - into space.

23 comments:

L.A said...

Didn't even know there was a long version.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

The pilot episode has a slightly longer version than the regular opening theme but I don't think they released the full version until the Greatest Hits album.

This post was inspired by me picking up a copy of the theme on 7" a couple of weeks back only to find out it was the wack remix Netherlands version.

L.A said...

Sounds like New Jack Swing must have been big in the Netherlands lol.

Step One said...

bad decisions & ball drops by UK records labels could be a long running blog series

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

True.

But this particular one is a U.S record label decision innit. How the Hell did the Fresh Prince theme never get a single release in America or anywhere else on the planet other than the Netherlands? Truly mind boggling 😄

GGGGGG said...

The Fresh Prince theme was the first hip hop song i loved.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

It's great how everyone who was a teenager between 1987 to 1999 has a formative Fresh Prince/Will Smith song.

noz said...

funny/sad how the "yo home" euro man mondegreen has stuck for latter day domestic rsd cash in reissues and even streaming services like not one person in the decades long production chain is aware of the existence of the word "holmes"

Andrew Barber said...

I heard this and the All That theme song being played out in the clubs this past weekend

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Damn, shoulda played Coolio's Kenan & Kel too for a TV theme trifecta.

Noz, tbf the actual lyric is "yo home to Bel-Air" innit. He doesn't say "yo holmes" until the "smell ya later" part.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Just checking Coolio's Discogs and I see that the Kenan & Kel theme never came out as a single either. SMH.

noz said...

"i thought nah forget it, yo' home to bel air" makes zero sense contextually and he says it in the exact same cadence as "yo holmes, smell you later" he's clearly addressing the cabby as ho(l)mes in both cases any other interpretation is some esl confusion

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

I've never heard anybody called "ho(l)me" without the s, so I've always assumed he means home to Bel-Air as in take me to my new home.

noz said...

he's clearly saying it with an s i don't know what song you're listening to

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

I hear no s ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Lucas K said...

He clearly says holmes both times lol

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

I clearly disagree.

noz said...

clearly yr british

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Clearly the American healthcare system does not provide earwax extractions.

Smell Rell said...

I will solve this when I have my headphones at hand.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Just wait until I resurrect the immortal question: did Ma$e say fresh clothes or French clothes on Feel So Good?

Spartan said...

Always thought it was, “Yo, home to Bel-Air!”, too,

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

That video just gave me a flashback of kid Alfonso's cover of The Message.