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Boom! Boom boom, cha! (v3.0)

Date October 21, 2010

The Phil Spector-penned / Ronettes-performed “Be My Baby” intro is probably the most iconic drum beat in pop music history and we here at Music For Kids Who Can’t Read Good can’t get enough of that classic “Boom! Boom boom, cha!”. This spring I posted two mixes with about 40 songs worth of “Be My Baby” drum beats and since then I’ve been hearing it everywhere (twee-poppers and lo-fi bands like Waaves and Best Coast seem to have a particular affinity for the beat).

For version 3.0 of this mix, I’ve compiled 20 more songs with “Be My Baby”-inspired drum beats. Some of the tracks here use different variations of the beat like the MGMT, Handsome Furs, and Lucksmiths contributions which feature the “boom, boom boom, cha!” in the middle of the song instead of the intro. I have to thank commenters on the last mix for contributing some of the songs that made it here. Again, if there’s any more “Be My Baby” drum beats out there, let me know in the comments. Enjoy!

Download “Boom! Boom boom, cha! (v3.0)” (98MB)

MP3 The Ronettes – Be My Baby
MP3 Wild Nothing – My Angel Lonely
MP3 Best Coast – I Want To
MP3 Miracle Fortress – Maybe Lately
MP3 Handsome Furs – All we Want, Baby, is Everything
MP3 Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Rag Doll
MP3 MGMT – It’s Working
MP3 The Raveonettes – Little Animal
MP3 Gigi – No, My Heart Will Go On (Chorus)
MP3 My Morning Jacket – The Bear
MP3 El Perro del Mar – Oh What a Christmas!
MP3 Devendra Banhart – 16th & Valencia Roxy Music
MP3 Light Pollution – Drunk Kids
MP3 Sambassadeur – Sense of sound
MP3 The Lodger – Falling Down
MP3 Roky Erickson – I Walked With a Zombie
MP3 Thrushes – Heartbeats
MP3 Lucky Soul – Give Me Love
MP3 Wavves – When Will You Come?
MP3 The Lucksmiths – Great Lengths


If you can’t get enough “Be My Baby” drum beats, these first two mixes are still up!

Download Part 1 of this mix “Boom! Boom boom, cha!”.
Download Part 2 of this mix “Boom! Boom boom, cha! Redux”

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10 Responses to “Boom! Boom boom, cha! (v3.0)”

  1. alberto said:

    Never come around LA SERA, Street feeling LAS ROBERTAS, Endless summers STLL CORNERS, When will you came Wavves,…

  2. Cheryse said:

    Just what I needed, Taylor. Nice work!

  3. Ana said:

    I thought of this too! :) There’s another couple of songs, Depeche Mode – A Question of Lust, and hmm.. another one of Girls, I don’t remember the name and.. The Jesus And Mary Chain – Just Like Honey. Great post :)

  4. Taylor said:

    Those are all on the first Boom, boom boom, cha! mix, Ana!

  5. Jon said:

    The drumbeat’s on “Mossy Woodland” by Javelin as well!

  6. Jon said:

    I only just remembered this a second after posting the first comment, but the beat makes a brief appearance on Veronica Falls’ cover of Roky Erickson’s “Starry Eyes.”

  7. Pavel said:

    Natasha Khan (a.k.a. Bat For Lashes): What A Girl To Do

  8. useless said:

    Slumber Party, don’t remember which song but it’s from the album 3.

  9. Erik said:

    Part of Terry Jacks’ “Seasons in the Sun” has this beat too. But only one one verse.

  10. Erik said:

    Two verses…rather.