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 (eighteen years ago) link

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

dave q, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Magnetic Fields: "When You Were My Baby."

mike, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

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

Jez, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

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

The Dictators: "Teengenerate".

Matt Riedl (veal), Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Clinic, "IPC Subeditors Dictate Our Youth"

M Matos, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

The Hattifatteners, "Bad Girl"

Douglas, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"Be my Baby" by the Ronettes

T. Q. Savage, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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

Prude, Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"Windy" by The Ladybug Transistor

C.D., Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

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

C.D., Monday, 1 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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

keith, Thursday, 4 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

free loan investments "ronan keating"

jens, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

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

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 11 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

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

Handsome Dan, Wednesday, 28 August 2002 12:47 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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

gygax!, Thursday, 29 August 2002 06:13 (eighteen years ago) link

80's fan by Camera Obscura

chris (chris), Thursday, 29 August 2002 08:59 (eighteen years ago) link

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

J0hn Darn1elle, Thursday, 29 August 2002 10:09 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

Kicking Giant -- She's Real

(and variations thereof....)

jimmytm, Saturday, 31 August 2002 01:35 (eighteen years ago) link

The Damned, "Plan 9 Channel 7"

Jody Beth Rosen, Saturday, 31 August 2002 03:16 (eighteen years ago) link

two 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 (eighteen years ago) link

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

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 6 November 2002 20:49 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 26 March 2003 20:44 (seventeen years ago) link

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

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 28 April 2003 03:22 (seventeen years ago) link

And "Sunday Evening" by Clearlake.

Johnney B (Johnney B), Monday, 28 April 2003 05:06 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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

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

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

di smith (lucylurex), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 04:03 (seventeen years ago) link

one 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 (seventeen years ago) link

The Boo Radleys - Comb Your Hair

Ian Edmond (ianedmond), Tuesday, 17 June 2003 12:46 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

Jet Plane/Rocking Chair~Richard/Linda Thompson

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

ha - knew it would be a JBR revival :)

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

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

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 10 July 2003 03:00 (seventeen years ago) link

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

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

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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

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

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 (seventeen years ago) link

Jens Friebe - Wenn man euch die Gerate zeigt

Koens (Koens), Thursday, 3 February 2005 12:35 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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

jed_ (jed), Friday, 18 March 2005 11:15 (fifteen years ago) link

Guided By Voices - Ha Ha Man

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

gold chains & sue cie "runaway"

cutty (mcutt), Friday, 18 March 2005 12:30 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

one 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 (fourteen years ago) link

Prefab Sprout, "Prisoner Of The Past"

hank (hank s), Thursday, 2 November 2006 19:08 (fourteen years ago) link

"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 (fourteen years ago) link

"In a Funny Way" by Mercury Rev

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Friday, 3 November 2006 03:46 (fourteen years ago) link

eight months pass...

Hall and Oates - "The Last Time"

Stormy Davis, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 06:46 (thirteen years ago) link

The Flatmates "Happy All the Time" (iirc)

bham, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 07:53 (thirteen years ago) link

ten months pass...

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

!Alicia!, Saturday, 17 May 2008 01:41 (twelve years ago) link

A bunch of Outrageous Cherry songs, I think

Pillbox, Saturday, 17 May 2008 02:40 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

seven months pass...

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

bendy, Tuesday, 13 January 2009 23:51 (eleven years ago) link

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

xhuxk, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 03:45 (eleven years ago) link

six months pass...

love to get a copy of the mixtape

Mark, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 04:03 (eleven years ago) link

Deerhunter: "Vox Humana"

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

eleven 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 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

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

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

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

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

Mitchell Stirling, Thursday, 5 August 2010 11:54 (ten years ago) link

nine 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 (nine years ago) link

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

(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 (nine years ago) link

Pet Shop Boys - Kings Cross

daavid, Saturday, 14 May 2011 13:52 (nine years ago) link

Hefner - The Weight Of The Stars

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

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

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Saturday, 14 May 2011 16:21 (nine years ago) link

eleven 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:

Blake Cooper, Monday, 7 May 2012 18:03 (eight years ago) link

stirmonster, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 00:19 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

'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 (eight years ago) link

Pixies - Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf)

cock chirea, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 00:51 (eight years ago) link

one 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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

“If you listen closely,” Blaine says, “I played the same beat on ‘Strangers in the Night’ that I played on ‘Be My Baby,’ just slower and softer.”

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 17 March 2015 05:50 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

The Cure "Kyoto Song"

Οὖτις, Thursday, 2 July 2015 15:30 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Not sure what's already been said, but I've got a few:

"Reviens Vite et Oublie" Les Fingers
"Night" and "Glory Days"Bruce Springsteen
"I'd Much Rather Be With the Boys" Rolling Stones
"Is There Something I Should Know" Duran Duran
"Heat of the Moment" Asia
"Domino" Cocteau Twins
In addition to "Just Like Honey", "Cut Dead" and "Sowing Seeds" J&M Chain
"Big Pink Cake" Razorcuts
"Candy" Magnetic Fields
"No Stories" Bartlebees
"Monster" BJM
"Resurrection" Misfits
"A Higher Power" Jens Lekman
"Run" Tillmanns
"A Violent Yet Flammable World" Au Revoir Simone
"Vox Humana" Deerhunter
"Ghost Mouth" Girls
"Perfection as a Hipster" God Help the Girl
"Lewis Takes Action" Owen Prallet
"A Candle's Fire" Beirut
"Baby Don't You Cry" Fergus & Geronimo
"Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans" Mac Demarco
"The Devil" Nadine Shah
"Every Time the Sun Comes Up" Sharon Van Etten
"Tammy Faye" Young People
"Tearing the Posters Down" Dick Diver
"Love, Texas" Marriages

sbes114, Friday, 24 July 2015 21:35 (five years ago) link

Lansing-Dreiden do this on the first track of their first album, but it's a total fake-out and works perfectly

gawker's psychotic monkeys (imago), Friday, 24 July 2015 21:43 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

One of my favorite songs of 2015, "Secrets" by Le Pie.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 11 September 2015 07:08 (five years ago) link

eight months pass...

The Ohio Express "Chewy Chewy" has a nearly perfect "Be My Baby" break including the bass riff just the final chorus (1:23 in the above video)

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 22:56 (four years ago) link

opening track of the new Suede album does this, admittedly after a minute and a half of orchestral largesse

imago, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 23:48 (four years ago) link

track 3 of the new mitski album does this, presumably through gritted teeth

imago, Thursday, 9 June 2016 19:50 (four years ago) link

afghan whigs, "algiers"

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 June 2016 20:21 (four years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Lisa Prank - Turn It Up

one month passes...

Erich Bachmann - Mercy

chad valley of the shadow of death (ledge), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 14:04 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

Ok I made a short video to show how absolutely weird the @spotify song recommendation engine is. I thought I was going crazy.

— Walter Hickey (@WaltHickey) July 18, 2018

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:42 (two years ago) link

Au revoir Simone - a violent and flammable world

Ross, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:45 (two years ago) link

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