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Accidentally co-writing a hit for one of the time's biggest pop icons - just another day at work for Keith Scott. Of course, as Bryan Adams' first ax for 40+ years and a veteran hired gun who's worked with the likes of David Bowie, Tina Turner, Bryan Ferry, and other high-profile musicians, Keith Scott's certainly no stranger to having his fingerprints all over some of the music industry's biggest-earning hits. However, as the guitarist explains in a recent interview on the Mitch Lafon and Jeremy White Show (embedded below), the one song he wasn't aware of co-creating was "Don't Let Me Be The Last to Know". According to the guitarist, the reason why he ever got listed among the songwriters of Britney Spears' multi-platinum 2000 album "Oops!... I Did It Again" - was the legendary producer and songwriter Robert John "Mutt" Lange. As Scott explains, it all happened when he, Bryan Adams, and Lange were working on some overdubs for Adams's "18 til I Die" in France (transcribed by UG): "Well, It's a long story. But, that is, again, Mutt Lange. We were doing track overdubs in France, for '18 Til I die,' And Mutt was working on an edit, and I was sitting behind him, playing this chord scale. And he stopped, turned around, and he said, 'What is that?' I said, 'That's just something I've been working on.'"[Some time] later, the record was out, and he actually phoned me and said, 'Hey, you know that idea you were playing,' it was, like, years ago, and I'm like, 'What are you talking about?'"He said, 'It was a thing you played, and I used it for this Britney Spears song that we wrote for Shania [Twain, Lange's wife at the time and 'Don't Let Me Be The Last to Know' co-writer], but we gave it to Britney. So, I'm giving you a songwriting credit.'"And I went, 'Well, I didn't have anything to do with the song.' He goes, 'No, this is how it is. You did something, and I'm gonna reward you for it. I'm gonna give you credit for it, because, without that part, the song isn't right.' That was his [initiative], and he included me on that. And that was her biggest record. I mean, it was so sweet of him to do that, but not necessary. Nobody else would have done that. That's the difference between Mutt Lange and maybe somebody else." PODCAST: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bryan-adams-guitarist-keith-scott-is-reckless-and/id1218868456?i=1000567287253
On March 02, 2001, Britney Spears' Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know music video premiered on TRL. The last music video off the Oops!... I Did It Again album was directed by Herb Ritts, who passed away the following year, on December 2002. The video was shot in two days in Miami, Florida during the last week of January. Britney, who had already been photographed by Ritts in 1999, picked him as the director inspired by his work with Madonna (Cherish, 1989) and Janet Jackson (Love Will Never Do (Without You), 1989). Herb Ritts' signature was to film his videos in black and white, but that was not the case for DLMBTLTK. In an interview for Rolling Stone, he talked about the video: The video debuted at #1 on TRL and topped this list a number of times throughout its run. Despite Britney saying it "was the funnest video I've ever done," it was reported that both her mom Lynne and then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake weren't as excited about the clip, which shows Britney wearing just a bikini top and denim shorts, cuddling and kissing a shirtless man at the beach. The video in fact was revised and the most "raunchy" scenes were cut out of the official version. However, the cut content and some bloopers were released later on 2004's Greatest Hits: My Prerogative DVD. In 2002, the French model Brice Durand, who plays Britney's interest in the video, gave an interview for journalist Sean Bickerton where he talked about his experience filming the video, from being picked after a messy casting audition to working with Britney Spears and Herb Ritts. He narrated the day he did the audition: "It was a Thursday horrible - it was raining very hard, I had had a long day, five or six appointments, and a friend was taking me to all of them on his motorcycle, so I was getting all wet. My jeans were soaked, my hair was a mess, I was totally deplorable. So I was just calling my agent to tell them that I had completed the days when they told me to go to an audition for a clip of Britney Spears. At this point I was so messy, I was dirty and wanted nothing more than to go home and dry up, but I thought "Who cares, I'm at it," without expecting anything." He said they had auditioned more than six hundred guys: 200 from L.A., 200 from N.Y. and 200 from Miami. When he arrived, everyone had already gone, and there were just a pile of cards everywhere and he thought he had no chance. The next Sunday he got a call telling him that he was accepted for the video, and was informed that he would be the only model appearing with Britney on the shoot. In the interview he explains sometimes it's hard to work with female models for photoshoots and such, where they can get mad if you put your hand where you shouldn't or they think he's being flirty when he's just trying to be as realistic as possible while keeping it professional. He thus thought Britney would be no exception, and was expecting a diva behavior from her. He said that even though they improvised a little on the scenes, Herb Ritts was always giving them direction making sure everything went well, and also praised Britney for always nailing her scenes in one take. Related:
On January 17, 2001, Britney Spears released Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know as the fourth and final single off her second album Oops!... I Did It Again. The song was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lunge, who co-wrote the song with his then wife, country singer Shania Twain and Keith Scott. The teen ballad talks about a woman who's waiting for her love interest to tell her that he loves her too; despite her friends telling her he's into her, she wants to hear it from him, she doesn't want to be the last to know Despite the song receiving mostly positive reviews, it failed to make its way into any US charts, mainly because it wasn't properly released as a single, but it was sent only to radio stations. However, it did reach Top 10 and Top 20 in many other countries, mainly in Europe, including a #1 in Romania. A music video was directed by Herb Ritts, but it wasn't released until March 2001. Several remixes were created, the most notable being the Hex Hector Club Mix, which would later appear on B in the Mix: the Remixes. The song was first performed on her Crazy 2k Tour in 2000, ahead of the release of the album. Then it was included on her Oops!... I Did It Again Tour She also performed the song in many tv shows and the Dream Within a Dream Tour almost 10 years later, she would bring it back for her Femme Fatale Tour in 2011 Britney Spears has stated in multiple occasions that Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know is one of her favorite songs. For example, in 2013 she named it her favorite song of hers: