"If She Knew What She Wants" is a song by Jules Shear released on his 1985 album The Eternal Return. The song was later and famously covered by The Bangles on their 1986 album, Different Light.
Shear's song was originally written in the first person, essentially a love song; the Bangles rewrote the lyrics in the third person, rather than change the subject's gender.
The cover version by the Bangles charted at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 31 on the UK Singles Chart.
Two different music videos were created for the song, one that was commonly shown in North America and the other that was commonly shown in Europe. The "American version" was produced by Tamar Simon Hoffs, the mother of Bangles guitarist/vocalist Susanna Hoffs, who sings lead in this song.
The Bangles version is featured in the 2006 Tim Allen and Courteney Cox superhero comedy Zoom.
- ^ Rock movers & shakers p.27. Billboard Publications, Inc., 1989