Willa Was Here

Willa Was Here

by Willa Ford


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Perhaps it was inevitable, once Britney shot to stardom strutting in short skirts and, once she got there, she stripped to "Satisfaction" and teased Bob Dole's dog in Pepsi ads. Perhaps it was inevitable, once Christina got what a girl wants, and then danced as a French courtesan for a tie-in to Moulin Rouge. Perhaps it was inevitable once Jessica Simpson trashed her virginal image with a spread in FHM, or when Mandy Moore had videos directed by Gregory Dark, the auteur behind such extreme-porn as Sex Freaks. Perhaps it was inevitable, but nevertheless, Willa Ford is shocking, even to jaded observers of pop culture. She's presented as a panting, wanton teen tart, a girl that is desperate to be bad. On the front cover, she looks strikingly like Nomi Malone, Elizabeth Berkley's legendary loose-cannon white-trash stripper from Paul Verhoeven's classic Showgirls. On the back, she's dressed in vulgarly short short-shorts; inside, she's posed provocatively on a motorcycle, legs invitingly askew. (Plus, the month the album hit the stores, she was on the cover of the Maxim spin-off Stuff, with enough makeup to look like a raccoon.) And that's it -- that's how you know Willa was here, that's what the album is about. Maybe the lead single, "I Wanna Be Bad," has some post-Britney, Max Martin flair, and is pretty catchy, but that's the one time the entire cynical enterprise works. After that, things become startlingly crass in its commerciality, as each sub-Jessica Simpson dance-pop cut and syrupy ballad only enhance the sneaking suspicion that this is all about presenting middle-age record collector sex fantasies as modern pop (even the CD's label plays into this, looking like a 45 -- something that would make no sense to a teen audience, if that's indeed who this is for).

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2001
Label: Lava
UPC: 0075678343728
catalogNumber: 83437
Rank: 215405

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willa Ford   Primary Artist,Vocals
Tim Kelley   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Andy Marvel   Keyboards
Eve Nelson   Keyboards
Bob Robinson   Guitar,Piano
Gerry Leonard   Guitar
Jennifer Carr   Background Vocals
Michael Nigro   Keyboards
Masa Shimizu   Guitar

Technical Credits

Robbie Nevil   Producer
Howie Hirsh   Producer
Tim Kelley   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Andy Marvel   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Eve Nelson   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Bob Robinson   Producer,Engineer
DJ Skribble   Producer
Cynthia Daniels   Vocal Production Assistance
Anthony Acid   Producer
Jason Flom   Executive Producer
Rob Fusari   Programming,Producer
Andy "Crazy Andy" Shane   Executive Producer
Jennifer Carr   Vocal Arrangements
Christina Dittmar   Art Direction
Falonte Moore   Programming,Producer
Willa Ford   Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Sheppard   drum programming

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Willa Was Here 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow!! Willa really kicks it when she sings one of her hit songs '' I wanna be bad'' You in the mood for hot music? This is the cd
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am sorry, but this girl can't sing and IS NOT BAD. Her lyrics says that, "I wanna be bad," which she's practically portraying in such a lame and pathetic way. It's like a desperate call for help. She's not an artist, in my opinion. She mainly just composes such a desperate way to show her "badness" with such bad music, which is not interesting, cute, hot, attractive, and not close to being the glue for the eye. She's no Britney. Not Christina. And defintely, not "Dirrty" and definitely NOT BAD in a good, postive, attractive way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
EW! If Willa is trying to appeal to the teen audience that Britney just lost, then she's not succeeding. I'm sorry, but this cd is just, quite frankly gross! If she wants to appeal to that age group, then tone it down, Willa!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
1st of all, this cd is great!!! i have herd the whole cd and it rocks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, this CD is totally AWESOME!!! Better than Britney? YES!! I like Britney, but Willa is better! Willa has what most female pop stars don't, and thats attitude! Buy this album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought her cd and it rox. it is my fave cd right now. it havent taken it out of my cd player for days. i love it!