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Boom! Boom boom, cha! (“Be My Baby” Drum Intro) Mix

Date February 15, 2010

The “Be My Baby” intro is possibly the most iconic drum beat in pop music. The Phil Spector-penned “boom, boom boom, cha!” is instantly recognizable and the beat has been been both duplicated and used in a number of variations by artists time and time again. The Jesus and Mary Chain liked the beat enough to use it four times on their debut album, Psychocandy (most notably in “Just Like Honey”) and since then it seems to have become a staple in indie pop music.

The beat has endured from The Ronettes‘ original use in 1963 throughout every decade and has even found it’s way into 2010 with Owen Pallett’s “Lewis Takes Action”. There’s enough examples of songs using the drum beat to fill a dozen mix CD’s (many of them listed in this ongoing ilxor thread), but I’ve selected twenty of the my favorites that you can fit on one. Let me know in the comments if there’s any more you can add!

Download “Boom! Boom boom, cha! Mix” (94.46 MB – 1.1 hours)

MP3 The Ronettes – Be My Baby
MP3 Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey*
MP3 Camera Obscura – Eighties Fan
MP3 The Shangri-Las – Leader of the Pack
MP3 Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Gentle Sons
MP3 Johnny Boy – You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes And You Get What You Deserve
MP3 The Magnetic Fields – Candy
MP3 Bat for Lashes – What’s A Girl To Do
MP3 Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Hand In Hand
MP3 Deerhunter – Vox Humana
MP3 The Mary Onettes – Explosions
MP3 The Pipettes – Sex
MP3 Depeche Mode – A Question of Lust
MP3 Empire of the Sun – Without You
MP3 Jay Reatard – An Ugly Death
MP3 Girls – Ghost Mouth
MP3 Editors – The Weight of the World
MP3 Asia – Heat of the Moment
MP3 Jens Lekman – A Higher Power
MP3 Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Action

*also see “Sowing Seeds”, “Cut Dead”, “Something’s Wrong”


Download Part 2 of this mix “Boom! Boom boom, cha! Redux”.
Download Part 3 of this mix “Boom! Boom boom, cha! (v3.0)”

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22 Responses to “Boom! Boom boom, cha! (“Be My Baby” Drum Intro) Mix”

  1. MH said:

    Seriously, best post ever!

  2. Rebecca said:

    All the ones I knew are on here… And then some! “Boom boom pow” has nothing on “Boom! Boom boom, cha!”

  3. Rebecca said:

    Actually, on second thought, Noisettes “Never Forget You” has a faint little guitar bit that resembles the “Be My Baby” beat. Or maybe that’s just me trying to place what the heck that song reminds me of.

  4. Anne-Sophie said:

    Perfection as a Hipster by God Help The Girl ?

  5. Taylor said:

    good call! can’t believe I missed that one…

  6. Dave Lee Travis said:

    Viva Stereo ‘Knee High Boots’..obscure but a goodie…Language of Flowers too…

  7. Stuart said:

    You forgot Joel’s Say Goodbye to Hollywood.

  8. Seth said:

    You always have the best mixes.

    A personal favorite is “Who Can Say” by The Horrors, where around the two minute mark, a Shangri-Las song suddenly takes over.

  9. Joslyn said:

    Love this mix! Can’t believe I didn’t think of it right away, but my addition would be “Forever” by The Explorers Club – a longtime favorite.

  10. Chris said:

    Brendan Benson’s “The Pledge”…great song off of The Alternative To Love

  11. Taylor said:

    Good call Chris. That is a great song.

  12. Lm said:

    I know you posted this a while back but “Guiding Light” by Muse would be a great edition to this list.

  13. Gio said:

    I have seriously always wondered about all the songs that started like that. Nice job indeed!

  14. Unge said:

    Also, since you mentioned Deerhunter, “Rain Down” by Lotus Plaza!

  15. prin said:

    yeah yeah yeahs – our time
    manic street preachers – everything must go
    candi staton – i’m just a prisoner
    poison – cry tough
    hot hot heat – good day to die
    concrete blonde – joey
    a camp – here are many wild animals
    rowland s. howard – she cried
    the explorer’s club – forever

  16. Chris Bracco said:


    thanks for the tunes, dude.

  17. David said:

    When I tried to unzip the folder, it asked for the password. What is the password? Thanks.

  18. Taylor said:

    It’s not password protected. Not sure why it’s asking you for one…

    If you can’t get it, the individual MP3s are still up.

  19. Bella Simpson said:

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  20. Erik said:

    Hunx and His Punx- Lover’s Lane, Do the Make-up, You Better Tell That Girl

  21. DK said:

    Clinic: I.P.C. Subeditors Dictate Our Youth (for about 4 seconds…)

  22. nobody said:

    man, how could you forget “Take My Breath Away” by the Berlins?