Hey Baby

Album: Rock Steady (2001)
Charted: 2 5

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about groupies who try very hard to get some time with the male members of No Doubt. Lead singer Gwen Stefani says these ladies are much worse than the male fans who like her. As the only girl in the group, she sees what happens backstage as her bandmates entertain their female fans.
  • Jamaican reggae artist Bounty Killer does the rap on this song and is in the video. In Jamaica, rappers are known as "toasters," as rap began there when DJs spoke over records, which they called "toasting."
  • Reggae musicians Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare (Sly and Robbie) produced this. They were session musicians for years, providing reggae rhythms for Bob Dylan, Grace Slick, and The Rolling Stones, among others.
  • This was the first single from the album. It was released 15 months after their last one, Return Of Saturn, which was released five years after Tragic Kingdom.
  • At the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, this won for Best Pop Video and Best Group Video.
  • This won the 2002 Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group. No Doubt performed on the show before they won - they had the unenviable task of going on after Simon & Garfunkel reunited to perform a moving rendition of their classic "The Sound Of Silence."

    Both acts were introduced by actor Dustin Hoffman, and while Hoffman was quite familiar with Simon & Garfunkel (he starred in The Graduate, which they contributed to), he apparently knew little about No Doubt. When he introduced them, he said that his daughter had coached him on their music and sort of sang a little of this song, except he sang "say baby" instead of "hey baby." Hoffman is clearly more comfortable at the Oscars; he also called Bruce Springsteen "Bruce Springstreet."
  • Backwards, the line "Boys Say" sounds like "Yes Sir." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Conrad - Los Angeles, CA

Comments: 7

  • Bay from Weaverville, Cagroovy song! way fun to listen to loud in the car :)
  • Matt from Toronto, Canada..haha Casie, I'm sorry, we all know what you meant, but thats funny.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesWas an unlikely No.2 hit in the UK in early 2002
  • Jordan from Toronto, CanadaThis my least favourite song ever.
  • Casie from Denver, CoWell I love No Doubt,as the same Gwen Stefani is great but after the whole solo album of her its a lil more girly but in No Doubt well like shes more tombgirl she understands that guys just really want sex from guys.
  • Nessie from Sapporo, JapanDone in a style called zouka.
  • Claire from Oak Ridge, TnOn the radio, they cut out the rap by Bounty Killer. That sucks!
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