|Song by Uncle Kracker from the album Happy Hour (5 Track Promo)|
|Writer||Beauregard Frederick Louis IV, Bradford Michael, Hahn Joseph, Shafer Matthew|
"Vegas Baby" is an unreleased song recorded for Uncle Kracker's fourth studio album, Happy Hour. It was co-written with Joe Hahn.
Not much is known about "Vegas Baby" in particular. It's possible that Uncle Kracker and Joe Hahn met in 2001 when Linkin Park and Kid Rock shared the stage at Rock im Park and Rock am Ring festivals since Uncle Kracker was part of Kid Rock's band from 1994 to 2002.
The album Happy Hour was initially produced by Uncle Kracker's former bandmate Michael Bradford and recorded at Sound Kitchen in Nashville. It was turned in to the record label by November 2006 and set to be released in February or March 2007. However, by November 2007 the album was still unreleased and Billboard reported it likely wouldn't come out before the middle of 2008. Although Uncle Kracker was reportedly "more than frustrated" with the delay, he said this gave him time to improve the record:
"While I have time and I'm sitting around, I've been in the studio doing stuff. I'm not gonna touch the good (songs). But there's some on there I can beat. I figure if I've got time, why not go in and beat 'em. In the end, it's better."
About the reason behind all this, Billboard wrote:
"Kracker (real name: Matt Shafer) says executives at Atlantic Records have cited "marketplace" considerations -- including a desire to properly set up the release -- as a reason for holding up "Happy Hour." He knew that this year's fourth quarter would be unlikely, with priority releases by James Blunt, matchbox twenty and especially Kracker's good pal and former employer Kid Rock."
That same year, the song "Vegas Baby" had been featured in the "What Happens In Vegas..." episode of The Hills, which aired on October 1, 2007.
Between 2008 and 2009, the entire album Uncle Kracker had recorded with Bradford was scrapped and a new one was written with producer Rob Cavallo. The reason was he "wasn't really convinced that I had the right record."
Happy Hour was eventually released on September 15, 2009 without "Vegas Baby". The song would be found by LPLive in late 2012 on eBay as part of a 5-track promo CD containing 4 other songs produced by Bradford, 3 of which also didn't make the album.
"Vegas Baby" became available for download on January 11, 2013.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Vegas Baby||Happy Hour (5 Track Promo)||4:07||2006||
- Frederick Louis IV Beauregard - Songwriter/Composer
- Michael Bradford - Guitar, Bass, Producer, Songwriter/Composer
- Joseph Hahn - Scratches, Songwriter/Composer
- Matthew Shafer (Uncle Kracker) - Vocals, Songwriter/Composer
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