Modern Girl (Sheena Easton song)

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"Modern Girl"
Single by Sheena Easton
from the album Take My Time
B-side "Paradox"
Released 29 February 1980 (UK)
May 1981 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded December 1979
Genre Synthpop, post-disco
Length 3:35
Label EMI
Writer(s) Frank Musker, Dominic Bugatti
Producer(s) Christopher Neil
Certification Silver[1]
Sheena Easton singles chronology
"Modern Girl"
(1980)
"9 to 5" (1980)

"Modern Girl" is the debut single by Scottish pop singer Sheena Easton. The song was originally released in February 1980, reaching #56 in the UK charts, before being re-released to top ten success in August of the same year.[2] The song would also go on to reach the US top 20, when it was released in 1981 as her second single, following the #1 hit "Morning Train (9 to 5)".


Background[edit]

Exposure on the BBC television production The Big Time not only resulted in a record deal with EMI, but also pushed Easton's 1980 debut singles, "Modern Girl" and " 9 to 5," into the UK top ten. Her debut LP, Take My Time, followed in January 1981.

In the US, "9 to 5" was released in February 1981 under the title "Morning Train", to avoid confusion with Dolly Parton's recent hit of the same name; regardless, the single topped the U.S. pop charts. "Modern Girl" was then released as the second US single in May and peaked at #18 in July.

In 1997 Easton re-recorded this song for her album Freedom for the Japanese market and released it as the first single.[3]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1980/1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 18
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 13
UK Singles Chart 8
Ireland Singles Chart [4] 10
Canada Singles Chart 22
Japan Oricon Singles Chart 18

Cover versions[edit]

Mona Carita recorded "Modern Girl" in Finnish as "Nykyaikainen" as the title cut for her 1981 album.

"Modern Girl" was covered by Japanese pop group Sonia on their 1995 album, Tenchi Muyo!. This version used the chorus and the first verse, but changed the second and third verses to Japanese lyrics.

"Modern Girl" was covered by the UK's Camera Obscura for the Q Magazine disc, Q Covered the Eighties in 2005.

Game Appearance[edit]

"Modern Girl" is included in Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova

References[edit]

  1. ^ BPI - - search Sheena Easton (UK certification and release date
  2. ^ Chartstats - "Modern Girl, UK Chart details
  3. ^ Freedom at Allmusic
  4. ^ Irish singles charts - Sheena Easton

External links[edit]