Here We Go – C&C Music Factory Presents Freedom Williams And Zelma Davis | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#3) & R&B (#7); 1991

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

The “C’s” in C&C stood for two very talented musicians, arrangers, and producers, Robert Clivilles and David Cole. Native New Yorker Clivilles, the DJ/percussionist, and Tennessean Cole, the keyboardist, first pooled their talents on the Manhattan club scene, creating tracks and testing them out on the dancers.

A record label patron heard C&C’s work, signed them up, and released A Cuban, A Black Man, & A Drum Machine in 1981. The ensuing years proved exciting and profitable for C&C, yet, they ultimately wanted to move from behind the recording equipment and into the spotlight.

The result: C&C Music Factory. Their debut album, Gonna Make You Sweat album, sold over five million copies and the title single hit the top in early ’91.

Controversy surrounded Gonna Make You Sweat, the single, when the uncredited singer, Martha Wash, spoke out about her role. In response, Clivilles and Cole tagged Zelma Davis – who had lip-synched Sweat for the video – to sing on Here We Go.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Juergen Wind (J. Wind)
  • Frank Hassas (Quickmix)

Lyrics Written by:

  • Juergen Wind (J. Wind)
  • Frank Hassas (Quickmix)


  • “Here We Go” won two awards at the German 1994 Echo Award, in the categories “Best National Single” and “Best National Dance Single”