Pop Gospel: Wild Orchid – Stuttering (Don’t Say)

“Stuttering (Don’t Say)” was the first and only single from the never-released third and final album by pop trio Wild Orchid, entitled: Fire. It was released in May of 2001 and broke the top 40 charts but never really took off and marked the disbandment of Renee Sandstrom, Stefanie Ridel and Stacy Ferguson after nearly 11 years as a group.

Known more these days as the failed girl group Fergie from Black Eyed Peas started out with, Wild Orchid had their share of pop gems (See: “At Night I Pray”, “Be Mine” and “Talk To Me” among others). Reports say Ferguson’s most tumultuous years in drug addiction were during the making of this record as the group were at-odds with their label who pressured them to change their sound and conform to current pop standards. Supposedly one of the tracks Ferguson penned in this era (later included on her 2006 solo album: The Duchess) entitled “Losing My Ground” was what prompted her band mates to get her into rehab.

Ultimately, their label cancelled the album release and dropped them when the single under-performed but it was one of my favourite songs of the summer of 2011. I distinctly remember making a mix cd with this and “Nobody Wants to be Lonely” by Ricky Martin & Christina Aguilera as the first two tracks which served as my soundtrack through countless overnight work sessions in University darkrooms.

While I’m told the entirety of “Fire” found it’s way onto the internet over the years I have never been successful in finding a full copy. If the rest of it was half as good as this lead single then it’s a shame it never saw a proper release and I suspect it was, as several album tracks were co-written and produced by J.C. Chasez of N’Sync fame. Back in 2001, N’Sync were still pop royalty! Should any reader happen to have a lead on how an eager pop blogger could find a copy, please feel free to hook me up!

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