Baby Come Back (Player song)

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"Baby Come Back"
Single by Player
from the album Player
B-side"Love Is Where You Find It"
ReleasedOctober 1977
Format7"
Recorded1977
GenreSoft rock
Length4:14 (album version)
3:36 (7" version)
LabelPhilips, RSO
Writer(s)J. C. Crowley, Peter Beckett
Producer(s)Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter
Player singles chronology
"Baby Come Back"
(1977)
"This Time I'm in It for Love"
(1977)
 
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"Baby Come Back"
Single by Player
from the album Player
B-side"Love Is Where You Find It"
ReleasedOctober 1977
Format7"
Recorded1977
GenreSoft rock
Length4:14 (album version)
3:36 (7" version)
LabelPhilips, RSO
Writer(s)J. C. Crowley, Peter Beckett
Producer(s)Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter
Player singles chronology
"Baby Come Back"
(1977)
"This Time I'm in It for Love"
(1977)

"Baby Come Back" is a song by American rock group Player. It was released in October 1977 as the lead single from their self-titled second album. It was written by lead singer Peter Beckett and J.C. Crowley. The song was their biggest single, hitting number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 on the soul charts, in 1978. It was the breakthrough single for the band, gaining them mainstream success, and the only number-one hit of their career.

Content[edit]

The song is notable for its infectious riffs and its memorable hook of "baby come back" during the chorus. The original recording is in the key of Cm.

Uses in other media[edit]

In 1997, Lisa Stansfield released the song as a bonus track on the Japanese version of Lisa Stansfield album.

The song has been used in the film Safe Men (1998). In 2011, it was the source of a parody by Chicago artist, Magic 1, entitled "Cutty Come Back", which alludes to the Chicago Bears' woes without quarterback Jay Cutler.[1][2][3][4][5] The song is also used in the Jerry Bruckheimer Blockbuster Transformers, when the Autobot Bumblebee communicates with its new owner Sam Witwickie through songs on the radio. In this case, after an incident with the girl he is attracted to, Mikaela, gets out of the car and Sam tries to persuade her to "come back". The lyrics of the song are expected to accomplish this desire, as laid out by the filmmakers, though it is unlikely given the context that she would actually come back anyway.

In the Simpsons episode "Homer Alone," when Homer calls the Department of Missing Babies after losing Maggie, the hold music is a newly recorded version of the song by Peter Beckett and J.C. Crowley.

The song was featured in a 2011 Australian commercial for the Toyota Hilux.[6]

The song was also used in a Swiffer commercial.

This song was sung by Hank Hill and Elroy "Lucky" Kleinschmidt in the Point After Lounge in the "Church Hopping" episode of King of the Hill.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1977-1978)Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7]1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8]21
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9]4
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[10]32
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11]1
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles[11]10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cutty Come Back". YouTube. 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  2. ^ "Jay Cutler Injury Song: Listen to Epic Slow Jam "Cutty Come Back"". Bleacher Report. 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  3. ^ 'Cutty Come Back' soothes QB withdrawal
  4. ^ NFL.com Blogs » Blog Archive Chicago Saturday sing-along: “Cutty Come Back” «
  5. ^ "'Cutty come back': Parody bemoans Cutler's absence". Chicago Tribune. 2011-12-08. 
  6. ^ "Baby Come Back-Toyota HiLux 2011". YouTube. 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  7. ^ Canadian peak
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Player search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Player – Baby Come Back". Top 40 Singles.
  10. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  11. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. "Player". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
Preceded by
"How Deep Is Your Love" by The Bee Gees
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
January 14, 1978 – January 28, 1978
Succeeded by
"Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees