Songs with the 'Be My Baby' drum intro

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I'm trying to make a compilation based around this theme. So far I've come up with:

Jesus and Mary Chain - Just Like Honey Manics - Everything Must Go Kenickie - Millionaire Sweeper

Surely there have to be more?

Justyn Dillingham, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Billy Joel, "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" (originally written for Ronnie Spector IIRC)

dave q, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Magnetic Fields: "When You Were My Baby."

mike, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Leader of the pack, Bad Bad Boy (Daid Candy), Then I Kissed Her

Jez, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

The Tubes: "Don't Touch Me There".

The Dictators: "Teengenerate".

Matt Riedl (veal), Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Clinic, "IPC Subeditors Dictate Our Youth"

M Matos, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Gruppo Sportivo - "Superman" (the song proper, after the two-minute Zappa-penned instrumental intro, starts with the BMB drum 'riff')

Jeff W, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

The Magnetic Fields: "Candy"
XTC: some song on _White Music_, I forget which.
Talulah Gosh: "Just a Dream" (but the drums don't start the song).

Ernest, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

The Hattifatteners, "Bad Girl"

Douglas, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

"Be my Baby" by the Ronettes

T. Q. Savage, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Marah - Round Eye Blues
There's also a Hefner track from the 'We Love The City' LP (I think), but I can't remember the title. Helpful, huh?

Bill E, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Elvis Costello, "...This Town..."

Prude, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

"Windy" by The Ladybug Transistor

C.D., Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

...and "La Balada De La Primavera" by Le Mans

C.D., Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

The Lollies - "(Be My) Bad Boyfriend" *and* "Flavah Of The Week" *and* "Susan Is A Lesbian Now". Oh dear...

kate, Tuesday, 2 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

half of the 'saturday looks good to me' lp lifts this bit. the rest sounds like gedge.

keith, Thursday, 4 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

free loan investments "ronan keating"

jens, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

New discovery -- the Lot Six's "Last Flight of the Spruce Goose."

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 11 July 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...
"Heat of the Moment" - Asia

Handsome Dan, Wednesday, 28 August 2002 12:47 (11 years ago) Permalink

Poison "Cry Tough" - the beat is the first thing you hear on Look What the Cat Dragged In. A statement of intention.

Frank Kogan (Frank Kogan), Thursday, 29 August 2002 04:50 (11 years ago) Permalink

i can't believe no one's said "don't worry baby" by the beach boys.

gygax!, Thursday, 29 August 2002 06:13 (11 years ago) Permalink

80's fan by Camera Obscura

chris (chris), Thursday, 29 August 2002 08:59 (11 years ago) Permalink

The utterly brilliant "Good Morning Baltimore" from the original cast recording of "Hairspray: the Musical."

J0hn Darn1elle, Thursday, 29 August 2002 10:09 (11 years ago) Permalink

JAMC's Sowing Seeds, also off Psychocandy, has a practically identical intro to Just Like Honey from memory. See also Elvis Costello's Hand in Hand off This Year's Model although it isn't used in the intro.
Unrelated but the wonky keyboard part in Depecho Mode's See You steals the intro of the Crystals' Then He Kissed Me.

Paul Cunningham, Thursday, 29 August 2002 13:35 (11 years ago) Permalink

Poison "Cry Tough" - the beat is the first thing you hear on Look What the Cat Dragged In.

Didn't Chuck Eddy draw a specific comparison between the JAMC and Poison in Stairway to Hell? This could be the root of it.

Rediscovery: Johnny Kidd and the Pirates' "I Hate Gettin' Up In the Morning," at least when covered by the Squirrels.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 29 August 2002 13:54 (11 years ago) Permalink

And another Squirrels one: "Got to be a Reason" (with extra special guest star Re Styles!).

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 29 August 2002 15:36 (11 years ago) Permalink

What about Frosty the Snowman? From memory I think it kicks off with the same drum part as Be My ... with added festive effects.

Paul Cunningham, Friday, 30 August 2002 07:31 (11 years ago) Permalink

Kicking Giant -- She's Real

(and variations thereof....)

jimmytm, Saturday, 31 August 2002 01:35 (11 years ago) Permalink

The Damned, "Plan 9 Channel 7"

Jody Beth Rosen, Saturday, 31 August 2002 03:16 (11 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...
Um, here's the ones I listed in my second book (I'm sure a bunch of these have been mentioned/listed already, but I don't have time to go back and check): Cover Girls "That Boy of Mine," Bellamy Brothers' "For All the Wrong Reasons," Yardbirds' "Still I'm Sad," Four Seasons' "Rag Doll," Jesus and Mary Chain's "Just Like Honey," Billy Joel's "Say Goodbye to Holywood," the Boys' "Brickfield Nights," Asia's "Heat of the Moment," and whatever the first song on the first Poison album is. Not to mention the movie *Mean Streets.* And of course in "Take Me Home Tonight" by Eddie Money, Ronnie Spector actually *sings* part of "Be My Baby."

charles joseph eddy, Wednesday, 6 November 2002 20:33 (11 years ago) Permalink

*blink* Hey! Cool to see ya posting, welcome to us. :-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 6 November 2002 20:49 (11 years ago) Permalink

i can't believe no one's said "don't worry baby" by the beach boys.

Not to mention "Do It Again".

I'm sure there's a cool one on the new McAlmont & Butler album but I forget which.

Charlie (Charlie), Wednesday, 6 November 2002 23:48 (11 years ago) Permalink

wow, Chuck Eddy responding to one of my threads! I don't think anyone expected that. (thanks all btw - almost have enough for a mixtape now)

Justyn Dillingham (Justyn Dillingham), Thursday, 7 November 2002 06:40 (11 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...
The prechorus of Paul Stanley's "Aint Quite Right"

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 26 March 2003 20:44 (11 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...
The penultimate few bars of ELO's "I'm Alive"

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 28 April 2003 03:22 (11 years ago) Permalink

And "Sunday Evening" by Clearlake.

Johnney B (Johnney B), Monday, 28 April 2003 05:06 (11 years ago) Permalink

there's a Captain Soul song that does it (i think it's "Something To Believe In")

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 28 April 2003 05:35 (11 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...
Depeche Mode - A Question of Lust

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 03:52 (11 years ago) Permalink

"took the words..." by meatloaf has that drumbeat all the way through it.

di smith (lucylurex), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 04:03 (11 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...
Face to Face, "10-9-8" (the "isn't it funny" part)

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 17 June 2003 08:41 (11 years ago) Permalink

The Boo Radleys - Comb Your Hair

Ian Edmond (ianedmond), Tuesday, 17 June 2003 12:46 (11 years ago) Permalink

There has GOT to be a Ramones song that has this. Can't think of it, tho.

J (Jay), Tuesday, 17 June 2003 13:27 (11 years ago) Permalink

I'm pretty sure "7-11" by the Ramones uses it in a break.

Also, "No Dancing" by Elvis Costello

scott woods (s woods), Tuesday, 17 June 2003 13:49 (11 years ago) Permalink

Jet Plane/Rocking Chair~Richard/Linda Thompson

thomas de'aguirre (biteylove), Tuesday, 17 June 2003 14:35 (11 years ago) Permalink

ha - knew it would be a JBR revival :)

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Tuesday, 17 June 2003 16:33 (11 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...
The Skope - "Be Mine Again"

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 10 July 2003 03:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...
ONJ/ELO - "Xanadu"

Pabst Blue Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Saturday, 26 July 2003 21:04 (10 years ago) Permalink

I just downloaded this last week!! I had to hear it again. I can't even remember what prompted me. God what a great song. Jeff Lynne is so fucking cool. but... I don't hear it?

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Saturday, 26 July 2003 21:57 (10 years ago) Permalink

ok, wait - got it! 2nd iteration of the pre-chorus. My bad!!

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Saturday, 26 July 2003 21:59 (10 years ago) Permalink

JAMC's Sowing Seeds, also off Psychocandy, has a practically identical intro to Just Like Honey from memory

along with "Cut Dead" and "Something's Wrong" too!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Saturday, 26 July 2003 23:19 (10 years ago) Permalink

20/20's "Yellow Pills" (only like one or two bars of it)

Pabst Blue Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 30 July 2003 01:10 (10 years ago) Permalink

The Passengers, "Face With No Name" (intro)

Pabst Blue Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 1 August 2003 00:46 (10 years ago) Permalink

Ballboy "Avant Garde"

wl (wl), Friday, 1 August 2003 05:48 (10 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...
The Knack, "The Feeling I Get"

The Beatles, "What You're Doing" (Not exactly, but Ringo supposedly had "BMB" in mind when he played it.)

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Monday, 26 April 2004 16:35 (10 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...
Cass McCombs "City of Brotherly Love"

Magic City (ano ano), Thursday, 20 January 2005 22:52 (9 years ago) Permalink

Jens Lekman "A Higher Power"

Jole, Friday, 21 January 2005 07:12 (9 years ago) Permalink

Plush "Greyhound Bus Nation"
Johnny Boy "You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes And You Get What You Deserve"

Marcello Carlin, Friday, 21 January 2005 08:46 (9 years ago) Permalink

at least one thing from last year's Concretes album

koogs (koogs), Friday, 21 January 2005 15:24 (9 years ago) Permalink

Jens Friebe - Wenn man euch die Gerate zeigt

Koens (Koens), Thursday, 3 February 2005 12:35 (9 years ago) Permalink

That new or recent Mercury Rev single that sounds like 'You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes...', only shit.

Flyboy (Flyboy), Thursday, 3 February 2005 12:39 (9 years ago) Permalink

the climax of Optimo's Peel session - mixing out into classic rave stabs, rock riffs and back. Unbelievable. I still listen to it most every week

nick.K (nick.K), Thursday, 3 February 2005 12:42 (9 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...
Candi Staton's wondrous "i'm just a prisoner (of your good loving)" .

jed_ (jed), Friday, 18 March 2005 11:15 (9 years ago) Permalink

Guided By Voices - Ha Ha Man

My Son Calls Another Man Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 18 March 2005 12:03 (9 years ago) Permalink

gold chains & sue cie "runaway"

cutty (mcutt), Friday, 18 March 2005 12:30 (9 years ago) Permalink

Candi Staton's wondrous "i'm just a prisoner (of your good loving)" .

this is creepy, as i just bought a record with this track yesterday

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Friday, 18 March 2005 13:57 (9 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...
I don't think "Do It Again" counts. It's not quite there.

"I Wish It Could Be 1965 Again" by the Barracudas pulls it off marvelously.

everything (everything), Thursday, 2 November 2006 18:56 (7 years ago) Permalink

Prefab Sprout, "Prisoner Of The Past"

hank (hank s), Thursday, 2 November 2006 19:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

"Winterlong" by Neil Young. And hey, the version of that song on his upcoming "Live At Fillmore East" has none other than Jack Nitzsche playing the keys on it. I wonder if he was responsible for that break, or if it was just Neil's little tribute to him...

Tyler W (tylerw), Thursday, 2 November 2006 19:33 (7 years ago) Permalink

"In a Funny Way" by Mercury Rev

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Friday, 3 November 2006 03:46 (7 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

Hall and Oates - "The Last Time"

Stormy Davis, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 06:46 (7 years ago) Permalink

The Flatmates "Happy All the Time" (iirc)

bham, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 07:53 (7 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

"What's A Girl To Do" by Bat For Lashes.

!Alicia!, Saturday, 17 May 2008 01:41 (6 years ago) Permalink

A bunch of Outrageous Cherry songs, I think

Pillbox, Saturday, 17 May 2008 02:40 (6 years ago) Permalink

Alan Parsons Project: "Don't Answer Me".

Also, Norwegian popsters Popium and Sissy Wish have both used it a lot.

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 17 May 2008 09:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

Devil Dogs - Get Down on Your Knees
Jay Reatard - An Ugly Death

bendy, Tuesday, 13 January 2009 23:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

The Whore Moans - Rise and Shine (also ends with people singing "Be My Baby")

xhuxk, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 03:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

love to get a copy of the mixtape

Mark, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 04:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

Deerhunter: "Vox Humana"

The Perfect Weapon 2, Thursday, 16 July 2009 08:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

11 months pass...

After reading Tom's piece today I thought I'd post a few more many of which use the beat somewhere other than the intro but there we go.

A couple of years ago there was a decent list on Wikipedia but clearly a section on Whigfield's version is more encyclopaedic!

Ruby Suns - 'Kenya Dig It'
The Carpenters - 'Only Yesterday'
Long Blondes - 'New Idols'
The Concretes - 'Say Something New' (as alluded to in 2005)
Supergrass - 'Butterfly'
Deerhoof - 'Matchbox Seeks Maniac'
Hot Hot Heat - 'A Good Day To Die'
Brendon Benson -'The Pledge'
Lucky Soul -'Give Me Love'
Glasvegas - 'Daddy's Gone'
Television Personalties - 'This Angry Silence'
Ravonettes - 'Little Animal'
Au Revoir Simone - 'A Violent Yet Flammable World'
Horrors - 'Who Can Say'
Editors - 'Weight of the World'
Gene - 'Fitting Fit'
Ian Brown - 'Destiny or Circumstance'
Shins - 'Turn On Me'
Gliss -'Morning Light'
Alessi's Ark - 'Memory Box'
Kings of Leon - 'The Bucket'
The Gaslight Anthem - 'Great Expectations'
Concrete Blonde - 'Joey'
The Explorers Club - 'Forever'
Green Day - 'Homecoming'
Pipettes - 'Sex'
R.E.M. - 'Radio Song'
ELO - 'The Way Life's Meant To Be'

Mitchell Stirling, Friday, 9 July 2010 15:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

A new song with this drum beat is "When Will You Come?" by Wavves

tjms, Tuesday, 3 August 2010 03:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

Beach Pomade (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 3 August 2010 03:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Add Still Corners' rather lovely 'Endless Summer' to the pile.

Mitchell Stirling, Thursday, 5 August 2010 11:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

The Cars, "All Mixed Up", very clearly around 1:45 but also other places

(Thanks to JBR for posting to this thread: Benjamin Orr vs Doug Yule

stars on 45 my destination (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 14 May 2011 12:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

Self-Taught Dougie, Saturday, 14 May 2011 12:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

(xp) I probably shouldn't admit this on ILM but I genuinely had no idea the Red House Painters version was a cover.

russ conway's game of life (a passing spacecadet), Saturday, 14 May 2011 12:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

Pet Shop Boys - Kings Cross

daavid, Saturday, 14 May 2011 13:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hefner - The Weight Of The Stars

Beggar On A Beach Of Shite. (PaulTMA), Saturday, 14 May 2011 14:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

ABBA could have used this drumbeat to great effect on "Ring Ring".

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Saturday, 14 May 2011 16:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

11 months pass...

What about "Glory Days" by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band? It's in the breakdown about 2/3 of the way through the song.

I just did a podcast about this actually: http://soundsfamiliarpodcast.tumblr.com/post/22381881971/sounds-familiar-1-the-drums-from-be-my-baby-and

Blake Cooper, Monday, 7 May 2012 18:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

stirmonster, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 00:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

There's a whole Wikipedia entry for this:

Songs that use the Be My Baby drum beat

Search Spotify too - I came across someone who put together an even more extensive playlist

Lee593 (Lee626), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 00:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

'everybody wants something' by the zit remedy is almost entirely made up of the be my baby intro beat

the aower of aussy (electricsound), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 00:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Pixies - Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf)

cock chirea, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 00:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

I remembered this thread when we were doing the poll: Cocteau Twins- "In the Gold Dust Rush".

LeRooLeRoo, Saturday, 5 October 2013 03:40 (9 months ago) Permalink

Surprised this hasn't been mentioned yet, especially this past week:

Badfinger - "Baby Blue"

hopping and bopping to the krokodil rot (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 5 October 2013 03:44 (9 months ago) Permalink


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