Evil Woman (Electric Light Orchestra song)

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"Evil Woman"
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Face the Music
B-side "10538 Overture (Live)"
Released October 1975 (US)
10 January 1976 (UK)
Format 7"
Recorded 1975 at Musicland Studios
Genre Symphonic rock
  • 4:19 (album version)
  • 4:12 (UK single edit)
  • 3:15 (US single edit)
  • 5:17 (Full-length version)
Label Jet (UK)
United Artists (US)
Writer(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Boy Blue"
"Evil Woman"
"Strange Magic"
Face the Music track listing

"Evil Woman" is a song written by lead vocalist Jeff Lynne and recorded by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

First released on the band's fifth album, 1975's Face the Music. Released as a single in late-1975, the song became the band's first worldwide hit. According to 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 in early-1976. 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" in the song is a tribute to The Beatles' song "Fixing a Hole".

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