Jill Sobule (album)

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Jill Sobule
Studio album by Jill Sobule
Released October 1995
Recorded Alex The Great Recording
Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Adult Alternative
Length 46:08
Label Lava / Atlantic
Producer Brad Jones, Robin Eaton
Jill Sobule chronology
Things Here Are Different
(1990)
Jill Sobule
(1995)
Happy Town
(1997)

Jill Sobule is the second album by American singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, released in 1995. The disc contained the singles "Good Person Inside", "Supermodel", and "I Kissed a Girl."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jill Sobule & Robin Eaton, except as noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Good Person Inside"   Sobule 3:12
2. "Margaret"   Sobule, Nicky Holland 3:18
3. "(Theme From) The Girl in the Affair"   Sobule 3:53
4. "Karen by Night"     3:58
5. "Houdini's Box"     4:00
6. "Trains"     3:44
7. "I Kissed a Girl"     3:13
8. "The Jig Is Up"     4:14
9. "Resistance Song"   Sobule 2:59
10. "Supermodel"   David Baerwald, David Kitay, Brian MacLeod, Kristen Vigard 3:08
11. "The Couple on the Street"     3:24
12. "Vrbana Bridge"     4:16
13. "Now That I Don't Have You"     3:49

The first release of the album does not contain "Supermodel." After "Supermodel" appeared on the Clueless soundtrack and was released as a single, the album was reissued with the song included.

Katy Perry song[edit]

The singer Katy Perry would use the title "I Kissed a Girl" for her own song of that name, which appeared in her 2008 album One of the Boys. The song received a mixed reception, and was unfavourably compared to Sobule's original song by some commentators: Hiponline.com wrote that the song is "not nearly as interesting or exciting as you’d expect. It’s not even half as good as Jill Sobule’s song 'I Kissed a Girl'".[1] Glitterati Gossip wrote that Sobule's song "was ten times better, because there was actual emotional content to her lyrics".[2] Sobule shared her feelings about Perry's song and use of the title in a July 2009 interview with The Rumpus:

When Katy Perry's song came out I started getting tons of inquiries about what I thought. Some folks (and protective friends) were angry, and wondered why she took my title and made it into this kind of "girls gone wild" thing....

As a musician I have always refrained from criticizing another artist. I was, "Well, good for her." It did bug me a little bit, however, when she said she came up with the idea for the title in a dream. In truth, she wrote it with a team of professional writers and was signed by the very same guy that signed me in 1995. I have not mentioned that in interviews as I don't want to sound bitter or petty...

Okay, maybe, if I really think about it, there were a few jealous and pissed-off moments. So here goes, for the first time in an interview: Fuck you Katy Perry, you fucking stupid, maybe 'not good for the gays,' title-thieving, haven't heard much else, so not quite sure if you're talented, fucking little slut.

God that felt good.[3]

Sobule later stated that the interview in The Rumpus was tongue in cheek. In an article she wrote for The Huffington Post, she stated

I thought maybe this time I would have fun with it and goof on what many of my fans were hoping to hear over the last year. I prefaced my reply with a wink, and then rambled on with a string of over the top dumb-ass profanities, purposely out of character and completely in jest ... I may be a touch cynical about the business, but I have never really been angry or had ill feelings towards Katy herself. I was actually in a small way happy to not be the "Kissed a Girl" girl anymore.[4]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Production: Brad Jones & Robin Eaton
  • Engineering: Brad Jones
  • Mixing: Roger Moutenot
  • Mastering: Greg Calbi

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1995 Heatseekers 11

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1995 "I Kissed a Girl" Modern Rock Tracks 20
Billboard Hot 100 67
Australian Singles Chart[5] 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raegun (2008). "Katy Perry - One of the Boys - review", HipOnline.com. Posted: June 16, 2008. Retrieved June 22, 2008.
  2. ^ "Katy Perry Irritates The Hell Out Of Me", Glitterati Gossip. March 24, 2008.
  3. ^ "The Rumpus Interview with Jill Sobule". The Rumpus. 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  4. ^ Sobule, Jill (2009-08-19). "My "Feud" With Katy Perry". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  5. ^ "I Kissed a Girl - Australian chart run". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 17 January 2010.

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