"Somebody's Baby" was written for the Fast Times at Ridgemont High movie soundtrack. The Cameron Crowe movie became an instant classic and gets ERV's highest recommendation (as does the later Crowe film, Almost Famous). As a former Rolling Stone writer, Crowe is a true music aficionado, and his use of music in Fast Times is impeccable.
In some ways, Jackson Browne was a strange choice for the soundtrack. While he remained successful as a singer/songwriter, his laid back folk style was somewhat out of favor by the early 1980s, as new wave and heavy metal were the next big things in popular music. However, his haunting song fit right into the movie and retains a timeless feel to the present day.
While Browne continues to record, his releases have become less frequent over time.