Anybody Seen My Baby?

Album: Bridges To Babylon (1997)
Charted: 22
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Songfacts®:

  • Shortly before Bridges To Babylon was released, The Stones noticed that this song - particularly the vocal melody in the chorus - sounds a lot like kd lang's 1992 hit "Constant Craving." With a major publicity push and tour for the album on the way, they wanted to avoid a lawsuit, so they listed Lang and her "Constant Craving" co-writer Ben Mink as composers along with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. This ensured that Lang received royalties, for which she was grateful.
  • The video was directed by Samuel Bayer, who also did Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Angelina Jolie, 22 at the time, stars in the clip as a stripper who stops in the middle of her performance and walks out of the club.
  • This song is rumored to have been written about the actress Mary Badham. Mick Jagger fell briefly for the star of the film To Kill A Mockingbird in 1970, but after a short romance, she dumped him.
  • Waddy Wachtel played guitar on this track. Wachtel is a popular Los Angeles session musician known for his work with Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Randy Newman, Warren Zevon, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks and Don Henley. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • This is a rare Rolling Stones song that uses a sample. About two-thirds into the song, you'll hear a bit of the 1986 Biz Markie track "A One Two." Markie is most famous for his 1989 hit "Just A Friend," which more recently was featured in a widely broadcast 2009 Heineken TV commercial. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Craig - Newport Beach, CA

Comments: 9

  • Craig from Newport Beach, CaRegarding K.D. Lang's "contribution" to the song: Keith Richards said as the Stones listened back to ANYBODY in the studio, something sounded familiar about it that they could not put their finger on. Later Keith was playing the recording at home, and his daughter and her friend started spontaneously singing Lang's song along with the Stones' song. And Keith thought, "Oh, boy, maybe that's what sounded familiar to us in the studio." It could have been pure coincidence, or else subconscious influence. But just to play it safe, and because they were up against a deadline, the Stones gave Lang credit. Mick thought they shouldn't, and maybe he's right. ANYBODY SEEN MY BABY is a much better song than CONSTANT CRAVING. It's understandable that Lang said she was "flattered" the Stones gave her a credit.
  • Eric from Hastings, Mnumm what was the point?
  • Homero from Monterrey , MexicoNot a very good song in my opinion. Can you notice that Lang contributed more to the song than the RS ???
  • Mark from Los Angeles, Cabiz markie does the rap, it was sampled from his first album
  • Car from Tulsa, OkMick Jagger said openly that he got the idea for the song from one of her songs. (lang)
  • Jacquie from Sparks, NvAngelina Jolie was in the video for this song. There were actually two versions, one version more explicit (with nudity) than the other.
  • Jade from Chippewa Falls, Wi This was possibly about Mick Jagger's dreams about Mary Badham. She dated him for a day and he fell for her, but she didn't want anything to do with him. This is a good song
  • Charles from New York, NyDoes anybody of note do the rap part?
  • Yo from Honolulu, Hianyone know the 411 on the title Bridges to Babylon?
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