It's Probably Me

"It's Probably Me" is a song originally released in 1992 as a collaboration by Sting featuring Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen, and David Sanborn.[1] Released from the soundtrack to the action comedy film Lethal Weapon 3 in June 1992, the song reached number 20 on the US Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart and number 12 on Canada's RPM Top Singles chart. It was more successful in Europe, peaking at number one in Italy, number four in France and number six in the Netherlands.

"It's Probably Me"
It's probably me.jpg
Single by Sting and Eric Clapton
from the album Lethal Weapon 3
Released23 June 1992 (1992-06-23)
Length4:41
LabelA&M
Songwriter(s)Sting, Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen
Producer(s)Michael Kamen, Stephen McLaughlin
Sting singles chronology
"Why Should I Cry for You"
(1991)
"It's Probably Me"
(1992)
"If I Ever Lose My Faith in You"
(1993)
Eric Clapton singles chronology
"Tears in Heaven"
(1992)
"It's Probably Me"
(1992)
"Runaway Train"
(1992)

Background and releaseEdit

The song uses leitmotifs that were first used on the soundtrack for the original Lethal Weapon film, released five years earlier. It was released as a single and on the Lethal Weapon 3 movie soundtrack. It also appears on the Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984-1994 international edition compilation album released in 1994, and on Sting's Duets album released in 2021. Sting rerecorded the song in 1993 for his Ten Summoner's Tales album without any of the other musicians.[2]

Music videoEdit

A music video was released in mid 1992 featuring Sting, Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen and David Sanborn performing the track together while a few scenes of Lethal Weapon 3 are shown. The video snippets in where the quartet performs the song are shot in black and white. Clapton is also seen smoking a cigarette in the video and using his Zippo petrol lighter to create the opening rhythm instead of a drum set or programme.[3][4]

ReceptionEdit

Clapton, Sting and Kamen were nominated for a Grammy Award at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television in 1993. At the 1993 MTV Movie Awards Sting and Clapton were both nominated for the Best Movie Song.[5] The American music website AllMusic retrospectively rated the release with two out of five possible stars.[6]

Track listingsEdit

U.S. CD single / 7" vinyl[6]
No.TitleLength
1."It's Probably Me" (Edit)4:41
2."It's Probably Me" (Album Version)6:30
U.S. Maxi CD single[7]
No.TitleLength
1."It's Probably Me" (Soundtrack Album Version)6:21
2."It's Probably Me"5:01

PersonnelEdit

Musicians

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[34] Gold 35,000^
Italy (FIMI)[35] Gold 25,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States 23 June 1992 CD A&M [14]
United Kingdom 17 August 1992
  • 7-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • cassette
[36]

ReferencesEdit

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  12. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 9, no. 43. 24 October 1992. p. 31. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
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