Britney Spears might have been the soundtrack to many of our younger years but if you’ve ever caught yourself wondering whether “(Hit Me Baby) One More Time” is about an abusive relationship, you’re not the only one.
Fortunately, a pop music historian has pointed out that the 1999 song isn’t about domestic violence or an S&M fetish as you might have feared, so you can rest easy next time you recreate the video’s schoolgirl theme for a throwback party.
John Seabrook explains in his new book The Song Machine that the track’s Swedish writers Max Martin and Rami Yacoub thought ‘hit’ was US teen slang for ‘call’, meaning all Britney wants is for her recent ex-boyfriend to give her a ring because she’s feeling sad and lonely.
Spears’ record label Jive Records did feel a bit dodgy about the song seemingly referring to abuse however, which is why they retitled it “..Baby One More Time”.
The song was originally intended for R&B girl group TLC, who rejected it because they did not want to sing the dubious lyrics.
1990s nostalgia: The top 10
1990s nostalgia: The top 10
1/9 Number 10: Not being able to change plans using mobiles
Don't you miss the time when plans never changed at the last minute because they were made on a landline? 22 per cent of people agree with you.
2/9 Number 9: Renting videos from the local shop
A quarter of people surveyed said they missed renting videos from the local shop. So much more of an event than going on Netflix.
3/9 Number 8: 90s toys
Troll dolls, Beanie Babies and friendship bracelets were among the toys that 27 per cent of people want back.
4/9 Number 7: Saturday night television
Gladiator's, Noel's Houseparty and Blind Date were among the classics of Saturday night television. 28 per cent of people said they missed watching it with their families.
5/9 Number 6: Waiting for photos to be developed
We're taking more photos than ever but the hundreds of pictures are rarely printed. Almost 30 per cent of people missed waiting for their holiday snaps and making an album.
6/9 Number 5: Hand-written thank you notes
Almost a third of people miss sending and receiving hand-written thank you notes.
7/9 Number 4: Buying singles on cassette or vinyl
Records might be fashionable again but the humble cassette never made a comeback. 32 per cent of people missed buying singles on cassettes or vinyl.
8/9 Number 3: Top of the Pops
Cancelled in 2006, TOTP was an institution for more than 40 years. 34 per cent of people would still rather watch it than trawl YouTube for music videos.
9/9 Number 2: Having pen pals
Pen pals from school could last for years, especially with the time it took to actually write and post letters. 35 of people think email just isn't the same.
“I was like, I like the song, but do I think it’s a hit? Was I going to say ‘Hit me baby, one more time’? Hell no!” said T-Boz in 2013.
It’s been a week of Nineties nostalgia, with Joey Fatone from boy band *NSYNC finally revealing what the deal is with the star in their name. It turns out illusionist Uri Geller suggested adding it because of his belief in symbolism.
“We sat down and I wrote, on a napkin, NSYNC, and I drew a star in the cafe,” Geller told the Huffington Post. “I told them, if they place that star on their first CD they’re going to shoot up to number one”.Reuse content