Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing

Album: Forever Blue (1995)
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Songfacts®:

  • This was featured in the 1999 movie Eyes Wide Shut, directed by Stanley Kurbrick and starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Chris Isaak told us he was honored to have his music featured in a film directed by the legendary Kubrick: "Stanley Kubrick is one of my favorite directors. I mean, The Killing is a great film and I watched it over and over. So when I got a phone call and I remember somebody said, 'Stanley Kubris or something is calling.' I went, 'What?' I was actually backstage at The Tonight Show and they said, 'There's a deadline on a film, do you want to pass?' And I said, 'Is it Stanley Kubrick?' And they said, 'Yes.' And I said, 'Say yes. Say YES. Just say yes to anything they want.' Like, get me on the phone with this guy. It's Kubrick. If he would have said, 'Come to my house and paint the porch,' I would have said 'When?'"

    Isaak added that he loved how the song was ultimately incorporated into the movie, and he also revealed it was Nicole Kidman who personally handpicked the track for the film: "And it was also neat that that film - and this is kind of esoteric, I don't know if it translates into print - but at the end of that film, the lead character, (Tom) Cruise, has been unfaithful and now he's back with his wife, and she says, 'There's something else we need to do.' And he says, 'What's that?' It's like, F-U-C - you know, that's... it's like, 'What?! Huh?' It just stopped me in my tracks. Here's this guy who risks everything because of this drive, and at the end it's kind of like, yes, that's there, it's underneath the surface of all of this. There's these other drives that aren't talked about and stuff. And Kubrick, I loved that he would address those kind of things in a film. And that I got that song in there and Nicole Kidman is dancing naked to it, kind of made my day. I have to say I really like Nicole Kidman; somebody told me they had asked her, they said, 'What would you feel comfortable rehearsing to and dancing?' And she brought that song and was dancing to it and Kubrick heard it and went, 'That's perfect.' So I have Nicole to thank for that."
  • This song of heartbreak and lust is typical of Isaak's retro sound. The song generated controversy because of the video, which was directed by Herb Ritts and featured French model Laetitia Casta. VH1 considered it too sexual to be shown until after 9 p.m. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • This was featured in the 1999 movie Eyes Wide Shut. It was also used in an episode of the TV show Cold Case.This has a similar feel to Isaak's breakout hit "Wicked Game," which also had a sexy video directed by Ritts.

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