A Girl Like You (Edwyn Collins song)

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"A Girl Like You"
Single by Edwyn Collins
from the album Gorgeous George
Released 1995
Format CD single, CD maxi
Recorded 1994
Genre Alternative rock, dance-rock, blue-eyed soul
Length 3:59
Label Setanta Records
Writer(s) Edwyn Collins
Producer(s) Edwyn Collins
Certification Silver (SNEP)
Gold (BVMI)

"A Girl Like You" is a Northern soul-inspired 1995 single by Scottish singer-songwriter Edwyn Collins from his album Gorgeous George. The song samples the drums track of Len Barry's 1965 hit "1-2-3".[1] It was featured in the Empire Records soundtrack and second in the Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle soundtrack. On TV, it was featured in the Cleopatra 2525 episode Run Cleo Run, Spin City episode The Commitments, as well as in a Marks & Spencer advert in 2012. Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song as a bonus track on their 2007 video game Alvin and the Chipmunks. The Black Keys have covered the song at various performances during their 2014 "Turn Blue World Tour."

Music videos[edit]

There are two different music videos for this song. The US video was in turn an avant-garde tribute to its lyrics (e.g. when Collins sings the lyrics "you made me acknowledge the devil in me", a child's painting of the devil is overlaid over his face). The international video shows Collins singing over videos and silhouettes of dancers.

Production[edit]

The Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook played vibraphone on the recording.

Chart performance[edit]

  • The song went to no. 4 on the UK Singles Chart and stayed on the chart for 14 weeks.
  • "A Girl Like You" was featured in VH1's 100 Greatest One-hit Wonders at #68.
  • Through downloads, "A Girl Like You" re-entered the UK Singles Charts in September 2012.

Copyright controversy[edit]

On 30 September 2009, Collins' manager posted to Collins' MySpace page[2] to discuss how Collins owned the copyright to the song and wanted to make it available to anyone as a free download but MySpace only allowed major labels to assert the rights to tracks hosted on their site. A later posting notes that after the story was picked up by major news outlets the song was once again available on the MySpace music player.[3]

Track listings[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"Zombie" by The Cranberries
Belgian Ultratop 50 Flanders number-one single
18 February 1995 – 18 March 1995 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Love Me for a Reason" by Boyzone
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number-one single (first run)
18 February 1995 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"The Reason Is You" by Nina
Preceded by
"The Reason Is You" by Nina
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number-one single (second run)
4 March 1995 (1 week)

References[edit]

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  23. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Pop Singles – Week ending NOVEMBER 11, 1995 at the Wayback Machine (archived 2 September 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
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  26. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1995" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  27. ^ "Rapports annuels 1995" (in French). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
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  29. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1995" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  30. ^ "French single certifications – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select EDWYN COLLINS and click OK
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