- Back to My Roots
Name = Back to My Roots
from Album =
Supermodel of the World
CDand 12" vinyl
Genre = Dance, House, Pop
Length = 3:32 (album version)
Tommy Boy Records
Writer = RuPaul
NoReviews = yes
Last single = "
Supermodel (You Better Work)"
This single = "Back to My Roots"
Next single = "House of Love"
"Back to My Roots" is a song by
Ru Paul, released as the fourth single from his album " Supermodel of the World", released in 1993. Although the single failed to chart on the "Billboard" Hot 100, it reached #1 on the Hot Dance Club Playchart in July of 1993and helped to further establish RuPaul's popularity, particularly with both the dance musicand LGBTaudiences in the United States.
The house/dance track is a tribute to black women's hairstyles as well as to the tradition of community often found in urban hair salons. Within the song RuPaul name-checks a variety of hairstyle such as braids,
hair extensions, afro-puffs and cornrows. She also names several of her relatives including her mother Ernestine Charles, who at the time owned a hair salon in Atlanta, Georgia.
The single was released primarily as a CD but with various 12" versions. It also featured a new remix of the hit single "
Supermodel (You Better Work)", as well as a pasticheof the track called "Strudelmodel" which changed the theme of the original to a "model for der veinerschnitzel corporation".
An accompanying video showcased extreme drag-versions of all of these hairstyles. Though it was played occasionally on
MTVit received far more play in dance clubs.
(Tracks vary according to release; this listing reflects the tracks on the American CD version, which sold the most copies.)
# "Back to My Roots" (7" Version)
# "Back to My Roots" (Jheri Curl Juice Mix)
# "Back to My Roots" (Murk's Curl Activator Mix)
# "Supermodel (You Better Work)" (Work it' Mr. DJ Tribal Mix)
# "Back to My Roots" (Oscar G's Dope Dub)
# "Back to My Roots" (Jheri Curl Juice Dub)
List of number-one dance hits (United States)
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