Friday, 17 May 2013

My Top Ten She Songs

Ten great songs called "She"... and nothing else.

Interestingly, there are absolutely NO songs in my music library just called "He".

10. Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians - She

Edie Brickell knows where her head is at.

9. The Misfits - She

1 minute and 19 seconds long and it sounds like it was recorded on the back of a fag packet. That's proper punk for you.

Apparently this particular She was Patty Hearst.

8. Suede - She
No education, it's the arse of the nation
Must be one of my students.

7. Laura Mvula - She

One of this year's best new female voices. Keep an ear out for her.

6. Wicked Lester - She

Before Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley became Kiss, they were Wicked Lester. They recorded one album in 1971 that wasn't ever officially released. This track was later re-recorded by Kiss themselves with more guitars and less flute, but I quite like the folkier original.

5. The Sundays - She

Remember your old school discos? Harriet Wheeler does...
Just to be one of a crowd
Feet scuttling across the floor
Spinning lights round and round
And it’s adolescent war
Shoes grind kick like crazy
And arms tangling up with hair
Shaking them up and down again
And hearts pounding everywhere
Ah, Harriet. Isn't it about time for a Sundays reunion?

4. Green Day - She

From the days when Green Day looked like spoilt brat 12 year olds. Forgotten how much I loved this album...
Are you locked up in a world
That's been planned out for you?
Are you feeling like a social tool without a use?
3.  Gram Parsons - She

Get out your dictionary. Look up the word "mellow". This song is playing.


2. The Monkees / The Colourfield - She

Normally if there's more than one version of a song, I can choose the best. But Mickey Dolenz vs. Terry Hall? That's too tough to call. Although the Phil Spector kettle drum and the ironic video almost tip it in Terry's favour.

1. Elvis Costello - She

On the other hand, with all due respect to Charles Aznovoice (and even though it comes from a sucky Richard Curtis film), nobody sings this one quite like Elvis.

So - how was it for you? She... or sheeeeit?


  1. Well that had me in tears! I love that sucky film !!

  2. The Sundays every time for me. And with you on the reunion too.

  3. You are cruel to that French's the original for me every time..and I love that sucky film too...

  4. While I can never understand the affection people hold for Love, Actually, I'm not the sort of person to spoil other people's enjoyment by telling them they're wrong and I'm right. I must just be missing the L,A appreciation gene. In its favour, I will say this: at least it's better than The Boat That Rocked, which would cause me to raise an eyebrow if anyone confessed to loving it.

    I reckon I probably owe Terry Wogan for the "Aznovoice" pun. No offence to Charles meant, it's just a gag I remember from my youth.

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  6. Completely agree with your #1 choice, and don't care that NH (not L,A) brought it to my attention. The trouble with NH (and L,A equally) is that Curtis depicts a version of Britain with which I am unfamiliar.

    And Sundays reunion? Yes please!


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