Seen above looking like the highest ranking members of the Jheri Curl Appreciation Club in Heaven, Ready For The World was an R&B band from Flint, Michigan who had hits in the 80s with “Oh Sheila,” “Digital Display” and “Love You Down.” They sounded like a Prince cover band and each of them looked like they just auditioned for the Eriq La Salle role in Coming to America. Their biggest hit “Oh Sheila” came out in 1985 and because the lead singer Melvin Riley sort of has the voice of a sultry dove, a lot of hos thought it was a Prince song about Sheila E.
Listening to Prince songs makes my ears squirt out purple liquid glitter and “Oh Sheila” never had that affect on me, so I knew it wasn’t yodeled about Jehovah’s Sexiest Witness. But for the longest time I did think that Prince wrote that song for Ready For The World and I totally thought it was about Sheila E. But Ready For The World says the “Sheila” in “Oh Sheila” is a fake character. Uh huh, those hos knew what they were doing. They wanted people to think “Oh Sheila” was a Prince song about Sheila E. It’s kind of like if a record company discovered a whiny, Bieber-sound-alike toddler and named his first single “Oh Selena.” But “Oh Sheila” is a beautiful masterpiece and anybody named Sheila should feel honored. Wut’s good for tha goose, is olso good for the gahndah! Oh sailor!
Ready For The World was ready for the world, but the world was not ready for Ready For The World, because they broke up in 1991. In totally related news, 1991 was also the year that sales for Care Free Curl tanked and never fully recovered.*
* I made that up