After 17 years, we finally know what Britney Spears meant in her “Hit me baby, one more time”. Some people speculated physical abuse while others kinky S&M. In short this has been a largely misunderstood song.
In John Seabrook’s new book of pop music history, The Song Machine, he explains that the track’s Swedish writers Max Martin and Rami Yacoub believed that “hit” was American slang for “call.” And so the song about the heartache of a recent breakup turned to a hit with the public perhaps a bit confused.
The original name of the song was “Hit Me Baby (One More Time)”. Spears’ label Jive Records felt a bit uncomfortable about the suggestion of abuse and removed “Hit Me” from the title.
We don’t understand why it took so long for the truth to be told but do we care? Someone explain where backstreet, one direction names came from.