Thursday, April 09, 2009

Even Gwen Stefani groves to "Fiddler"

A fellow staff member (to remain nameless) was watching Beverly Hills Chihuahua last night and noticed the Gwen Stefani song "Rich Girl." You know the one... "If I was a rich girl, nahnahnah etc." (now you can have that stuck in your head too). The song actually originates from the show Fiddler on the Roof. Kinda an interesting back story from Wikipedia...

After playing some of the songs on which she had been working, Dr. Dre told her, "You don't want to go back there." Instead of using one of the tracks, Dr. Dre instead suggested using reggae duo Louchie Lou & Michie One's 1993 song "Rich Girl", which itself interpolated "If I Were a Rich Man" from the 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof. Stefani and Eve helped each other with their parts, but when they presented Dr. Dre with the demo, he told them to rewrite the song, suggesting that Stefani play a character in the song.

Since she had not seen the musical since she was a child, Stefani went to Broadway to better understand the theme that "even if you're poor and you have love, you're rich." The idea which became the final version came to Stefani while brainstorming on her treadmill. She commented that the troubles in writing the song came because "Dre was really pushing me to write in a new way," but when she presented him with the song, "he just totally tricked the track out."

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