Bryan Adams – Yeah vs. Baby (1 of 2)
Partly inspired by / with gratitude to:
– The super Sarca, for sharing her personal walkman journey
– The legendary LeBrain, for his recent Kisstistics
– The O.G. himself, Ice-T (one of these things is not like the other?), for reminding me of how energizing the act of putting a pen to paper can be.
How did you spend your weekend?
Did you say keeping track of the number of times Bryan Adams says “yeah” or “baby” on Waking Up The Neighbours? Me too!
While in ’91, I had to revisit this one, an essential part of my musical education.
I’ve always admired BA’s ability to fill non-lyric spaces with grunts/casual affirmations/pet names.
If one were so inclined, one could fill spreadsheets with all the c’mons, darlin’s, and woos; for simplicity with this research project, I focused exclusively on his bread & butter, the yeahs and babys.
But which, yeah or baby, was his most-frequent go-to muttering?
Here are the results & observations from program one (program two to follow).
Keeping track was surprisingly difficult (especially during the yeah/baby-laden outros) and required my undivided attention!
I had to rewind a few times when my mind started to wander. At one point, my rewind button wasn’t working, so I had to flip the tape to program 2 & fast forward. That’s Walkman Troubleshooting for all you kids out there.
I was really excited when the Baby count “won” on Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven. It was a photo finish, the song-winning Baby coming right at the end.
16(!) yeahs in Not Guilty.
I should note that during Not Guilty, I started giving out 0.5s for “babe” thinking, if he says “yes” I’d do the same. Who was I kidding, BA was never that formal, no “yes” half points were ever awarded.
Finally, as shown in the chart, he started to pace himself near the end, perhaps resting up for a big side 2.
to be concluded…