Constant Craving

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"Constant Craving"
Constant Craving.jpg
Single by k.d. Lang
from the album Ingénue
Released1992 (original release)
1993 (re-release)
Format5", CD
Recorded1991
GenrePop rock, soft rock
Length4:37
LabelSire Records
Songwriter(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" is a song written by k.d. lang and Ben Mink, and performed by k.d. lang on her album Ingénue.[1][2] The song first made the charts in 1992, and won her the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1993[3] and an MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video.

"Constant Craving" peaked at number eight on Canada's RPM Top Singles chart and number 38 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also reached number two on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. In the United Kingdom, 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 number 15 on the UK Singles Chart during its fourth week.

Song information[edit]

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.[4]

Music video[edit]

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.

Charts[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

"Constant Craving"
Single by Abigail
from the album Feel Good
B-side"Don't Tell Me Why"
Released1993
Format12" maxi single
GenreHi-NRG[18]
Length4:06 (radio version)
LabelKlone Records
Songwriter(s)k.d. lang
Ben Mink
Abigail singles chronology
"Could It Be Magic"
(1992)
"Constant Craving"
(1993)
"Losing My Religion"
(1993)
"Constant Craving"
Single by Abigail
from the album Feel Good
B-side"What Goes Around Comes Around"
Released1993, 1995
Format12" maxi single
GenreHi-NRG
Length4:04 (radio edit)
LabelZYX Music
Songwriter(s)k.d. lang
Ben Mink
Abigail singles chronology
"Don't You Wanna Know?"
(1992)
"Constant Craving"
(1993)
"Night Moves"
(1993)

Track listing (Abigail version)[edit]

12" Vinyl Single (Klone Records – 1993)

  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 (Klone Records – 1993)

  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 (ZYX Music – 1995) (title 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 (ZYX Music – 1995)

  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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blair Jackson. "Classic Track: “Constant Craving,” k.d. lang" - MixOnline.com - Aug 1, 2013.
  2. ^ Simpson, Dave (26 September 2017). "kd lang and Ben Mink: how we made Constant Craving". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Past Winners Search | GRAMMY.com". grammy.com. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  4. ^ Richards, Keith. Life. New York: Little, Brown & Co., 2010. p. 457.
  5. ^ Director's commentary on The Work of Director Mark Romanek DVD.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2144." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 2138." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  9. ^ "kd lang Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  10. ^ "kd lang Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  11. ^ "kd lang Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Australian-charts.com – k.d. lang – Constant Craving". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – k.d. lang – Constant Craving". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Constant Craving". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  16. ^ "The RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1992" (PDF). RPM. Vol. 56 no. 25. 19 December 1992. p. 8. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  17. ^ "The RPM Top 100 Adult Contemporary tracks of 1992". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  18. ^ Flick, Larry (18 May 1996). "Brutally Honest Ngedéocello Says A Mouthful". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 108 (20): 26. ISSN 0006-2510.

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