It's Probably Me

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"It's Probably Me"
It's probably me.jpg
Single by Sting and Eric Clapton
from the album Lethal Weapon 3
Released June 23, 1992
Format CD · 7" vinyl
Recorded 1992
Genre Jazz-rock
Length 4:41
Label A&M
Writer(s) Sting · Clapton · Kamen
Producer(s) Kamen · Stephen McLaughlin

"It's Probably Me" is a song that was originally released in 1992 as an all-star collaboration by Sting featuring Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen and David Sanborn.[1]

Background and release[edit]

The song uses leitmotifs that were first used on the soundtrack for the original Lethal Weapon film, released five years earlier. It was released as a single and on the Lethal Weapon 3 movie soundtrack. It also appears on the Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984-1994 international edition compilation album released in 1994. Sting rerecorded the song in 1993 for his Ten Summoner's Tales album without any of the other musicians.[2]

Music video[edit]

A music video was released in mid 1992 featuring Sting, Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen and David Sanborn performing the track together while a few scenes of Lethal Weapon 3 are shown. The video snippets in where the quartet performs the song are shot in black and white. Clapton is also seen smoking a cigarette in the video and using his Zippo petrol lighter to create the opening rhythm instead of a drum set or programme.[3]

Reception[edit]

Clapton, Sting and Kamen were nominated for a Grammy Award at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television in 1993. At the 1993 MTV Movie Awards Sting and Clapton were both nominated for the Best Movie Song.[4] The American music website AllMusic rated the release with two out of five possible stars.[5]

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[6]

Track listings[edit]

U.S. CD single / 7" vinyl[5]
No. Title Length
1. "It's Probably Me" (Edit) 4:41
2. "It's Probably Me" (Album Version) 6:30
U.S. Maxi CD single[7]
No. Title Length
1. "It's Probably Me" (Soundtrack Album Version) 6:21
2. "It's Probably Me" 5:01

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[28] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[29] Gold 25,000*
Italy (FIMI)[30] Gold 25,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[31] Gold 5,000*
Sweden (GLF)[32] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] Gold 400,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""It's Probably Me" – Release Details – Official Website". Sting.com. Archived from the original on July 14, 2009. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ King, Alex P. (2004). Hit-parade — 20 ans de tubes (in French). Paris: Pascal. p. 339. ISBN 2-35019-009-9. 
  3. ^ "Sting - It's Probably Me (feat. Eric Clapton)". YouTube.com. December 6, 2007. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Lethal Weapon 3 – Awards – IMDb". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "It's Probably Me – Sting | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Various-Lethal-Weapon-3-Music-From-The-Motion-Picture/release/3071273
  7. ^ "Sting With Eric Clapton – It's Probably Me (CD Maxi Single)". MusicStack.com. Retrieved July 30, 2015. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Sting with Eric Clapton – It's Probably Me". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sting with Eric Clapton – It's Probably Me" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  10. ^ "Radio2 Top 30 Artiest: Sting". VRT (in Dutch). Top30-2.radio2.be. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  11. ^ "InfoDisc : Tout les Titres par Artiste > "Eric CLAPTON" > "OK". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (in French). InfoDisc.fr. Archived from the original on July 15, 2015. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Musicline.de – Sting with Eric Clapton Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – It's Probably Me". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  14. ^ "Hit Parade Italia – Indice per Interprete: C > "Clapton, Eric"". Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Sting With Eric Clapton search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  16. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1992" (PDF). MegaCharts (in Dutch). Top40.nl. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Sting with Eric Clapton – It's Probably Me". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Sting with Eric Clapton – It's Probably Me". Singles Top 100. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Sting with Eric Clapton – It's Probably Me". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  20. ^ "It's Probably Me – Full Official Chart History – Official Charts Company". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Sting – Awards – AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Coroperation. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  22. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2009). ARIA Chart Book 1988-2008. Top 100 Singles. p. 23. 
  23. ^ "ULTRATOP BELGIAN CHARTS – JAAROVERZICHTEN 1992". Ultratop 50 (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Hits 1992 Deutschland – Single-Charts" (in German). Chartsurfer.de. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Hit Parade Italia – Top Annuali Single: 1992". Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Top 40 Jaargang 28, 1992". Dutch Top 40 (in Dutch). top40web.nl. Retrieved August 14, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Hits 1992 Schweiz – Single-Charts" (in German). Chartsurfer.de. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Australian Fun Countdowns: Accreditation Awards". Australianfuncountdowns. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Benelux Sales". 1 (32). Warner Music Group. 1993: 21. 
  30. ^ Armani, Luciano (2008). Premi della FIMI italiana [FIMI certifications] (in Italian). Milan. p. 23. 
  31. ^ Clarkson, Jonathan (2013). The Last Days of the Old RIANZ. #29385732 New Zealand Textbook ID. New Zealand Apple Press. p. 175. 
  32. ^ "Swedish single certifications – Sting – It's Probably Me". IFPI Sweden. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  33. ^ "Billboard Magazine". 104 (25). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. June 20, 1992. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
Preceded by
"This Used to Be My Playground" by Madonna
Italian number-one single
October 17 – 23, 1992
Succeeded by
"Erotica" by Madonna