Evil Woman (Electric Light Orchestra song)

Infobox Single
Name = Evil Woman


Artist = Electric Light Orchestra
from Album = Face the Music
B-side = "10538 Overture (Live)"
Released = October, 1975
Format = 7"
Recorded = 1975 Musicland Studios
Genre = Rock
Length = 4:21 (single version: 3:13)
Label = Jet Records & United Artists Records
Writer = Jeff Lynne
Producer = Jeff Lynne
Certification =
Chart position = *
*
* #23
Last single = "Boy Blue"
(1975)
This single = "Evil Woman"
(1975)
Next single = "Strange Magic"
(1976)
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = Flashback
Type = Box Set
prev_track = "Tightrope"
prev_no = 1)
(CD II
this_track = "Evil Woman"
track_no = 2
next_track = "Livin' Thing"
next_no = 3

"Evil Woman" is a song written and recorded by Electric Light Orchestra.

First released on the band's fifth album, 1975's "Face the Music". Released as a single in 1975 the song became the band's first worldwide hit. According to Jeff Lynne this song was the quickest he had ever written, in thirty minutes, originally as 'filler' for the group's "Face the Music" album. The song placed in the top ten on both sides of the Atlantic, peaking at #10 in both the US and the UK. The song became a hit again in the UK in 1978 when it featured on the "ELO EP". The lyric "There's a hole in my head where the rain comes in" is a tribute to The Beatles' song "Fixing a Hole".

In 1995, Michael Stipe imitated Jeff Lynne at an R.E.M. concert at Madison Square Garden on their "Monster Tour", he wore a frizzy wig and sang "Evil Woman" before the show with Luscious Jackson playing the music. In 2002, the song was also used in the film "Austin Powers in Goldmember" during the jail scene with Doctor Evil getting a visit from Mindy Sterling's character Frau Farbissina. In 2006 a part of the song was sampled in the Pussycat Dolls single "Beep".

The song is being performed as part of the 2007 Broadway musical "Xanadu" and is also featured in the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV. The 1985 TV special "DTV Monster Hits!" also featured a short music video of the song, set to clips of all the female villains featured in Disney cartoons up to that point.

External links

* [http://www.jefflynnesongs.com/evilwoman/ In-depth Song Analysis] at the Jeff Lynne Song Database (jefflynnesongs.com)


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Don't Walk Away (Electric Light Orchestra song) — Don t Walk Away Single by Electric Light Orchestra from the album Xanadu B sid …   Wikipedia

  • Tightrope (Electric Light Orchestra song) — Tightrope Song by Electric Light Orchestra from the album A New World Record Released 1976 Recorded 1976 Genre Rock music, Art rock …   Wikipedia

  • Electric Light Orchestra — Infobox Musician Name = Electric Light Orchestra Img capt = ELO in 1979, from left to right: Hugh McDowell, Melvyn Gale, Kelly Groucutt, Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan, Richard Tandy Mik Kaminski. Landscape = yes Background = group or band Origin =… …   Wikipedia

  • Face the Music (Electric Light Orchestra album) — Infobox Album | Name = Face the Music Type = Studio album Artist = Electric Light Orchestra Released = October 2, 1975 September 11, 2006 (reissue) Recorded = Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany Genre = Rock, Art rock Length = 36:20 Label = United …   Wikipedia

  • Flashback (Electric Light Orchestra box set) — Infobox Album | Name = Flashback Type = Box set Artist = Electric Light Orchestra Released = November 21 2000 Recorded = 1970 2000 Genre = Rock Length = 213:13 Label = Epic/Legacy E3K 85123 Producer = Jeff Lynne, Al Quaglieri, Jeff Magid Reviews …   Wikipedia

  • Evil Woman — can refer to:* Evil Woman (song), by rock group Crow, later covered by Black Sabbath * Evil Woman (Electric Light Orchestra song), by rock group Electric Light Orchestra *The International name for the film Saving Silverman *A song by the English …   Wikipedia

  • Nightrider (song) — Nightrider Single by Electric Light Orchestra from the album Face The Music A …   Wikipedia

  • Do Ya (The Move song) — Do Ya Single by The Move A side California Man Released June 19 …   Wikipedia

  • Confusion (ELO song) — Confusion UK single Single by Electric Light Orchestra from the album Discovery …   Wikipedia

  • Mr. Radio (song) — Mr. Radio Song by Electric Light Orchestra from the album The Electric Light Orchestra No Answer Released 1971 Recorded 1970 1971 Philips studios, London Genre Rock …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”