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"Anybody Seen My Baby?"
RollStones-Single1997 AnybodySeenMyBaby.jpg
Single by the Rolling Stones
from the album Bridges to Babylon
Released 22 September 1997
Format CD
Recorded March–July, 1997
Genre Rock
Length 4:31
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Wild Horses"
(1996)
"Anybody Seen My Baby?"
(1997)
"Saint of Me"
(1998)

"Anybody Seen My Baby?" is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones featured on their 1997 album Bridges to Babylon.

Overview[edit]

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song also carries writing credits for k.d. lang and Ben Mink.[1] The song is known for its chorus, which sounds strikingly similar to lang's 1992 hit song "Constant Craving". Jagger and Richards claimed to have never heard the song before, only having discovered the similarity prior to the song's release. As Richards reported in his autobiography Life, "My daughter Angela and her friend were at Redlands and I was playing the record and they start singing this totally different song over it. They were hearing k.d. lang's 'Constant Craving.' It was Angela and her friend that copped it."[2] The two gave Lang credit, along with her co-writer Mink, to avoid any lawsuits. Richards ensured to take the payments after Jagger's share as he was the one who unconsciously incorporated the melody. Afterwards, Lang said she was "completely honored and flattered" by receiving the songwriting credit.[3][4]

"Anybody Seen My Baby?" is a typical song from the Bridges to Babylon-era Stones. It features wide-ranging inspirations, including sampling of hip-hop artist Biz Markie, making it one of the few songs by The Rolling Stones to include sampling (Bridges to Babylon is the only Rolling Stones album to include sampling). Bass and keyboards on the song is performed by Jamie Muhoberac while Waddy Wachtel performs acoustic guitar. The song has a distinctive R&B feel, driven by Muhoberac's bass. Jagger, Richards, and Wachtel perform electric guitars.

Coincidentally, "Has Anybody Seen My Baby" is reported to have been the title of a song written and recorded by Brian Jones after leaving the Rolling Stones.[5]

The song was a worldwide hit in 1997, reaching Top 20 in Europe, #1 on Canada's Singles and Rock charts and #3 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks.[citation needed] The video is perhaps best remembered for featuring Angelina Jolie.[6] She appears as a stripper who leaves mid-performance to wander New York City. "Anybody Seen My Baby?" would go on to be the only track from Bridges to Babylon to appear on the Stones' 2002 career retrospective Forty Licks.

It was performed live on most 1997/98 concerts and once in 2016.

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anybody Seen My Baby". ACE Title Search. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 13 October 2008. 
  2. ^ Richards, Keith. Life. New York: Little, Brown & Co., 2010. p. 457.
  3. ^ The Country Network - k.d. lang
  4. ^ k.d. lang - Something for the Weekend 1/2 on YouTube
  5. ^ "aeppli.ch/TUG08/CDJonesUp.pdf (PDF)". 
  6. ^ "Angelina Jolie in 'Anybody Seen My Baby?' by the Rolling Stones". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby?" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby?" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  9. ^ "The Rolling Stones Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  10. ^ "The Rolling Stones: Anybody Seen My Baby?" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby?". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby?" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby?". VG-lista. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby?". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby?". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Rolling Stones: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  17. ^ "The Rolling Stones Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  18. ^ "RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1997". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 

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