He's a Liar

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"He's a Liar"
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Living Eyes
B-side "He's a Liar (Instrumental)"
Released 19 September 1981
Format 7"
Recorded February — June 1981
Genre Hard rock, pop rock
Length 4:00
4:36 (extended intro)
Label RSO
Writer(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
Bee Gees singles chronology
"Love You Inside Out"
"He's a Liar"
"Living Eyes"

"He's a Liar" was the first single from The Bee Gees album Living Eyes released in 19 September 1981.[1] It had been approximately two years since the last Bee Gees single had been released. Written by brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.


The singer tells his story of being alone and see his lover with another man and they have an affair. Unlike the last three Bee Gees albums – which included primarily their established, longstanding studio & touring band – "He's a Liar" features an array of studio musicians: Don Felder of Eagles on lead guitars; Harold Cowart on bass; Steve Gadd on drums; and Richard Tee on piano.

"He's a Liar" was recorded between the months of February and June 1981. The first demo version of the song originally begins in a drum intro and on the background, Barry was heard talking with the musicians and sung the melody (which were later replaced by the guitars and keyboards on the final recording) and some words and later reworked on the lyrics in its final version. The second demo of the song is almost complete but recorded in rough version.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Even though this song sounded nothing like the Bee Gees' disco-era singles, the backlash had pigeonholed the Bee Gees as a disco act and radio stations were reluctant to play any new Bee Gees music. After six consecutive number-one singles in the US, "He's a Liar" peaked at #30, which was a far cry from the dizzying heights of their success in the late '70s. Allmusic described this song as a soft rock number.[3]

A version with a slightly longer intro was released as a 12-inch single in Germany and later on the Japan only compilation Rare Collection.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "He's a Liar" started in a car riding fast and passing various sites and when the car finally turns right, Barry, Robin and Maurice was shown and they almost used a striking visual style method (almost the same as the music video for "Go Now" by The Moody Blues on which the camera angles are focus on the left side view of each performers) And a story on which an protagonist (Maurice) found out that his lover have making affair to another man (antagonist Robin) and when the protagonist fired one shot, he was charged of homicide and the protagonist is trying to escape from the cops until he was cornered and the antagonist simply smiled at him while he was arresting. When the protagonist was forced by the cops to enter the police car, he tried to get off on the car by opening the left window. The protagonist later followed the antagonist's car by running to it followed by the police and ambulance (inside the ambulance are the antagonist and protagonist's lover) follows the protagonist after him.[5]



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  2. ^ "Bee Gees - He's A Liar (First Cast & Demo)". You Tube. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Pop/Rock » Soft Rock » Soft Rock. "Soft Rock | Significant Albums, Artists and Songs". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  4. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1981". Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "HE'S A LIAR - BEE GEES.wmv". You Tube. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ "Austrian Chart". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  8. ^ a b "Bee Gees - He's A Liar". ultratop.be. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Canadian Chart". www.collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Songs Written by the Gibb Family on the International Charts - Part 4". brothersgibb.org. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Bee Gees - He's a Liar". officialcharts.de. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Hit Parade Italy - Annual Top Singles: The best-selling singles of 1981". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Bee Gees - He's A Liar". dutchcharts.com. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "UK Charts". The Official Charts Company UK. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  15. ^ "US Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  16. ^ "Cashbox Top 100". Cashbox. November 7, 1981. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Cashbox Top 100". Cashbox. November 21, 1981. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics