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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

"Ride on Time" is a 1989 single by Black Box from their debut LP Dreamland.

Written and produced by the Italian production team Groove Groove Melody (DJ Daniel Davoli, programmer Mirko Limoni and musician Valeric Semplici) and incorporating the composition "Love Sensation" written by Dan Hartman. The team worked with model Katrin (aka Catherine Quinol). Initially creating a legal stir for its unprecedented borrowing from another composition (more extreme than any other previous example of sampling, if one measures the amount of Hartman's composition that was used in total), this song became a massive hit in Italy and then worldwide, after legal rights were obtained in all territories.

The song attracted some controversy for the uncredited use of Loleatta Holloway's vocals from her recording of "Love Sensation". Holloway's counsel engaged in a press attack on Black Box, successfully securing a settlement that paid the singer an undisclosed sum; the group had legally cleared the samples with Salsoul records, but Holloway was in arrears for advances from the label and thus was not recompensed by Salsoul.

The song spent six weeks at No.1 in the UK Singles Chart, ultimately becoming the biggest selling single of the year. It fared less well in the U.S. where it failed to chart as a pop record but did reach No.39 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, paving the way for "Everybody, Everybody" (the next single by Black Box which would feature uncredited vocals from Martha Wash, whose counsel also went to war with the group).

"Ride on Time" was the first high-profile example of an Italo-House record. The genre is noteworthy for extreme amounts of "borrowing", usually in single phrases, sometimes in couplets, the lyrical "hooks" from other compositions.

The song's title appears to be a misinterpretation of Loleatta Holloway's original lyrics, which say "right on time", not "ride on time". This is a common mistake caused by American flapping, which makes American T's sound like D's to non-native speakers of English.

An alternative/complementary view is that the song title is profound. In the video we see a speeded up nightime road sequence intercut between the dance moves. The song, and indeed life itself, is a ride on time.

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