Constant Craving

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"Constant Craving"
Single by K.D. Lang
from the album Ingénue
Released1992 (original release)
1993 (re-release)
Format5", CD
Recorded1991
GenrePop
Length4:37
LabelSire Records
Writer(s)K.D. Lang
Ben Mink
Producer(s)Greg Penny
Ben Mink
K.D. Lang
K.D. Lang singles chronology
"Trail of Broken Hearts"
(1990)
"Constant Craving"
(1992)
"Miss Chatelaine"
(1992)
 
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"Constant Craving"
Single by K.D. Lang
from the album Ingénue
Released1992 (original release)
1993 (re-release)
Format5", CD
Recorded1991
GenrePop
Length4:37
LabelSire Records
Writer(s)K.D. Lang
Ben Mink
Producer(s)Greg Penny
Ben Mink
K.D. Lang
K.D. Lang singles chronology
"Trail of Broken Hearts"
(1990)
"Constant Craving"
(1992)
"Miss Chatelaine"
(1992)
"Constant Craving"
Single by Abigail
from the album Feel Good
B-sideDon't Tell Me Why
Released1993
Format12" maxi single
GenreHi-NRG
Length4:06 (radio version)
LabelKlone Records
Abigail singles chronology
"Could It Be Magic"
(1992)
"Constant Craving"
(1993)
"Losing My Religion"
(1993)
12" vinyl cover
"Constant Craving"
Single by Abigail
from the album Feel Good
B-sideWhat Goes Around Comes Around
Released1993, 1995
Format12" maxi single
GenreHi-NRG
Length4:04 (radio edit)
LabelZYX Music
Abigail singles chronology
"Don't You Wanna Know?"
(1992)
"Constant Craving 95'"
(1993)
"Night Moves"
(1993)

"Constant Craving" is a song written by K.D. Lang and Ben Mink, and performed by K.D. Lang on her album Ingénue.[1] The song first made the charts in 1992, and won her the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1993[2] and an MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video. The track also appears on the 2008 compilation album, Northern Songs: Canada's Best and Brightest, which highlights some of Canada's best musicians from a variety of genres.

"Constant Craving" peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached #2 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart.[3] In the UK, the song was initially a modest hit when released in 1992, but after being re-released in 1993 in the wake of its American success, it peaked at #15 on the UK Singles Chart in its fourth week.[4]

The music video was filmed in black-and-white. It presents a fanciful recreation of the premiere of Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot in Paris, 1953. Here, she is depicted singing backstage while the actors perform. The director, Mark Romanek, says the song's lyrics of desperation and waiting fit well with the themes of Beckett's play.[5] Much to Lang's surprise, the video won Best Female Video at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards.

The Rolling Stones used a refrain very similar to that of "Constant Craving" in their 1997 single "Anybody Seen My Baby?". They later gave writing credits on that song to K.D. Lang and Mink, shared with the original authors Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Abigail version[edit]

12" Vinyl Single released in 1993 by Klone Records

  1. "Constant Craving" (Vocal Version)
  2. "Constant Craving" (Instrumental)
  3. "Don't Tell Me Why" (Vocal Version)
  4. "Don't Tell Me Why" (Instrumental)

CD Maxi Single released in 1993 by Klone Records

  1. "Constant Craving" (Radio Version) - 4:06
  2. "Constant Craving" (Original Mix) - 6:24
  3. "Constant Craving" (Trade Mix) - 9:34
  4. "Don't Tell Me Why" - 4:50

12" Vinyl Single released by ZYX Music in 1995 (titled was changed to Constant Craving '95)

  1. "Constant Craving '95" (Illusive Mix) - 8:01
  2. "Constant Craving '95" (Gailforce Mix) - 8:01
  3. "Constant Craving '95" (Original Mix)
  4. "What Goes Around Comes Around" (Ace Mix) - 6:03

CD Maxi Single released in 1995 by ZYX Music

  1. "Constant Craving '95" (Radio Edit) - 4:04
  2. "Constant Craving '95" (Illusive Mix) - 8:01
  3. "Constant Craving '95" (Gailforce Mix) - 8:01
  4. "What Goes Around Comes Around" (Ace Mix) - 6:03

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blair Jackson. "Classic Track: “Constant Craving,” k.d. lang" - MixOnline.com - Aug 1, 2013.
  2. ^ "Past Winners Search | GRAMMY.com". grammy.com. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Billboard chart info from allmusic.com. Retrieved 21 March 2009.
  4. ^ UK Singles Chart info from chartstats.com. Retrieved 21 March 2009.
  5. ^ Director's commentary on The Work of Director Mark Romanek DVD.
  6. ^ http://www.drunkenwerewolf.com/blog/annie-gardner-covers-kd-lang/

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