Debra (song)

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Song by Beck
from the album Midnite Vultures
ReleasedNovember 16, 1999 (1999-11-16)
GenreSoul, funk
Songwriter(s)Ed Green[1], Hansen, John King, Michael Simpson
Producer(s)Beck, Dust Brothers

"Debra" is a song by the American musician Beck. It was released on his album Midnite Vultures.


Beck had originally attempted to record "Debra" with the Dust Brothers for Odelay, but he thought that it was too tongue-in-cheek. It was debuted mainstream in 1996, and, as Beck noted, "it became the centerpiece of the whole set. It was the song that people would react to more than the songs that they'd heard on the radio. So we kept playing it and playing it".[2] The song finally made it on to Midnite Vultures in 1999.

The lyrics include a reference to the Los Angeles-based restaurant chain Zankou Chicken.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

The song was used in the 2017 Edgar Wright film Baby Driver.[4]

Cover version[edit]

The song was covered by German industrial artist Kompressor. Kompressor's version is called "Kompressor Want to Get with You".

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ Wright, Danny. "Beck - 10 of the best". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Satzman, Darrell (March 18, 2010). "Zankou Chicken's tragic family rift impedes chain's growth". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Minsker, Evan. "Behind the Music of Baby Driver, With Director Edgar Wright". Pitchfork.