Babe (Take That song)

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"Babe"
Single by Take That
from the album Everything Changes
A-side "Babe"
B-side "All I Want Is You"
Released 13 December 1993
Format Cassette, 7" Vinyl, CD Single
Recorded 1993
Genre Pop
Length 4:51
Label RCA, BMG
Writer(s) Gary Barlow
Producer(s) Steve Jervier, Paul Jervier, Jonathan Wales, Chris Porter, Dave Clayton
Certification Platinum
Take That singles chronology
"Relight My Fire"
(1993)
"Babe"
(1993)
"Everything Changes"
(1994)
Alternative covers

"Babe" is a song by boyband Take That. It was the fourth single from Take That's second album, Everything Changes. Written by Gary Barlow, it features Mark Owen on lead vocals. The production was led by David Clayton who later spent 10 years as keyboard player and backing vocalist with Simply Red.

Background[edit]

Released on 13 December 1993, it became Take That's third single in a row to go straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart, knocking Mr Blobby's self-titled novelty single from the number one slot in the process.[1] The following week however, Mr Blobby's single climbed back to number one, denying Take That the Christmas number one place.[1] The single sold 350,000 copies in 1993, and was that year's 14th biggest-selling single.[2] The song was certified platinum on 1 January 1994 for shipments of over 600,000 copies in the UK. The song was featured in the Only Fools and Horses episode "Fatal Extraction" broadcast on 25 December 1993, the day that the song had been knocked off number one in the singles chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video was the first Take That video to involve the members act out a story and to use drama in. The video runs parallel to the song's lyrics showing Owen trying to track down a loved one after coming back from war. Later in the video it emerges that Owen has fathered a child. The video uses intercut clips of the band standing around Barlow, all performing the song. The last few seconds of the video are somewhat happier showing outtakes of the band from the video.

Track listing[edit]

UK cassette single (74321 18286 2)
  1. "Babe" (Return Remix) - 4:55
  2. "All I Want Is You" - 3:21
UK 7" vinyl (74321 18213 7)
  1. "Babe" (Return Remix) - 4:55
  2. "All I Want Is You" - 3:21
UK 7" vinyl (74321 18214 7) (Limited Edition w/ photo sleeve)
  1. "Babe" (Return Remix) - 4:55
  2. "All I Want Is You" - 3:21
UK CD single #1 (74321 18212 2)
  1. "Babe" (Return Remix) - 4:55
  2. "All I Want Is You" - 3:21
  3. "Could It Be Magic" (Live) - 6:18
  4. "Pray" (Live) - 6:33
UK CD single #2 (74321 18213 2)
  1. "Babe" (Return Remix) - 4:55
  2. "It Only Takes A Minute" (Live) - 3:47
  3. "Give Good Feeling" (Live) - 3:52
Japanese CD single (BVCP-7412)
  1. "Babe" (Return Remix) - 4:55
  2. "It Only Takes A Minute" (Live) - 3:47
  3. "Give Good Feeling" (Live) - 3:52
EU CD single #1 (74321 18286 2)
  1. "Babe" - 4:51
  2. "All I Want Is You" - 3:21
EU CD single #2 (74321 18285 2)
  1. "Babe" - 4:51
  2. "All I Want Is You" - 3:21
  3. "Pray" (Live) - 6:33
  4. "Give Good Feeling" (Live) - 3:52

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993-94) Peak
position[3][4]
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 75) 12
Belgium (Ultratop 50) (Flanders)[5] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50) (Wallonia)[5] 13
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[6] 5
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 8
Germany (Media Control AG) 9
Ireland (IRMA) 1
Israel (Media Forest) 3
Italy (FIMI) 23
Japan (Oricon)[7] 1
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100) 5
Norway (VG-lista) 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 8
UK Singles (Official Chart Company) 1
End of year chart (1993) Position
UK Singles Chart (1993 Year-End) 14
End of year chart (1994) Position
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[8] 43
Dutch Singles Chart[9] 33
German Singles Chart[10] 52
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)(1994 Year-End) 21
Preceded by
"Stay" by U2
Irish Singles Chart List of number-one singles from the 1990s (IRE)
17 December 1993 – 14 January 1994 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
It's Alright by East 17
Preceded by
Mr Blobby" by Mr Blobby
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
13 December 1993 – 20 December 1993 (1 week)
Succeeded by
Mr Blobby" by Mr Blobby

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
UK Platinum 1 January 1994 600,000
Germany Gold 1995 250,000

Official versions[edit]

  • Album Version (4:51)
  • Return Remix (4:55)
  • Live at Berlin Deutschlandhalle (6:25)
  • Live From MTV's Most Wanted (4:41)
  • Live From the Manchester Nynex (7:39)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 561. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Official Chart Flashback 1993: Take That, Pray". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  3. ^ Steffen Hung. "Take That - Babe". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  4. ^ Pennanen, Timo: Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972. Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava, 2006. ISBN 9789511210535. page: 280
  5. ^ a b "Take That - Babe". Ultratop.be. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  6. ^ "Hits of the World - Eurochart Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 5 February 1994. p. 40. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "テイク・ザットのプロフィール・ヒストリー │ オリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  8. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Charts". Ultratop.be. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  9. ^ "Single Top 100 Over 1004". Top40.nl. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  10. ^ "INFINITY CHARTS: German Top 20". Ki.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de. 1997-10-28. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 

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