Billboard #1 Hits: #732: ‘Ice Ice Baby’- Vanilla Ice. November 3, 1990. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: ‘Ice Ice Baby’- Vanilla Ice
- Record Company- SBK
- Genre- Pop Rap
- Written by Floyd Brown, Mario Johnson, Robert Van Winkle, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor
- Time: 3:46
- B-side: ‘Play That Funky Music’
- Album- To The Extreme
- Grade: C
- Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Australia, Belgium, Iceland, Netherlands, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.
Robert Van Winkle- aka Vanilla Ice. I can still recall that clip they played where he was trying to explain that his hit- wasn’t a rip off of the Queen/ Bowie hit : ‘Under Pressure’- how the beats were different. Right. Eventually he had to give them credit. What an ass clown he was- and what a big backlash against him. Even worse than the backlash against Milli Vanilli. He went from #1 on the charts to being a laughing stock seemingly overnight. If I recall correctly he came up with some outlandish background story about growing up on the mean streets- etc- turns out it wasn’t true. This song was catchy- how could it not be with the Queen/Bowie beat. The b-side -a remake of ‘Play That Funky Music’- went to #4 and the album-went to #1- that was the end of the road for the Ice Man as far as hits go.
There is discreet sampling, then there’s wholesale sacking and pillaging.
if he had just given credit where credit was due right off the bat….
Yes, a bit of credit goes a long way. I guess it shows the limits of his songwriting skills when the ‘B’ side is a cover.
Surprised you gave it a C rating. I would have given it an F since he ripped it off so completely
I gave it a C if you are cheating at least you cheated from some of the best.
The funny thing is that we still remember it, and from time to time you will hear someone come up with “ice, ice, baby,”