"Pearl's Girl" is the title of several 1996 single releases and a song by Underworld, from their album Second Toughest in the Infants. The single peaked on the UK Singles Chart at #22. The song title comes from the name of a racing greyhound.
"I spent a few nights in Hamburg," recalled Karl Hyde, "and it actually came from a night on the Rioja down by the docks. I'm actually shouting, Rioja, Rioja… I'd come from this really great club on the Reeperbahn, listening to lots of classic soul, which is where the 'Reverend Al Green' bit comes from. I was sitting by the docks and they have these 'bride boats' there, which people get married on. They go down the river and out to sea. I was just sitting there, Rioja-ed out, watching these boats sail past me at three in the morning. There were bonfires and everything."
"Pearl's Girl" is one of the tracks heard on the bad guys' car stereo when they are in pursuit of Simon Templer (Val Kilmer) and Dr Emma Russell (Elisabeth Shue) in The Saint. Director Phillip Noyce mixed Graeme Revell's original score with source music heard on radios throughout various points in the film.
"Pearl's Girl" was used as the theme music for the Channel 4 drama series Psychos. It was set in a mental ward and featured Nicholas Clay among the cast.
In 1998 "Pearl's Girl" was used as the backing track to Radio 1's Newsbeat, giving a cutting-edge feel to the fast-moving news programme. The words were edited out. The drum sounds were played in a continuous loop until the end of each bulletin.
In February 2010, "Pearl's Girl" was used in a Channel 4 advert for drama series The Good Wife.