She's So High (Tal Bachman song)

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"She's So High"
Single by Tal Bachman
from the album Tal Bachman
B-side "Angeline"
"Superstar"
"Guilty"
Released April 13, 1999
Format CD
Cassette
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop rock, power pop, post-grunge
Length 3:44
Label Sony Music Entertainment
Writer(s) Tal Bachman
Producer(s) Tal Bachman, Bob Rock
Tal Bachman singles chronology
"She's So High"
(1999)
"If You Sleep"
(1999)

"She's So High" is a pop rock song written and performed by Canadian singer-songwriter Tal Bachman. It was released as a single in 1999 from his eponymous album. The song won a BMI award[1] and a Juno Award for Best Producer.[2] Parent album Tal Bachman did particularly well, in the U.S. reaching the #1 spot on Billboard's 'Heatseekers' chart.[3]

The song did particularly well in the U.S.; for example, it reached the #1 spot of Billboard's 'Adult Top 40' chart. The American media group Allmusic named it an 'album pick'.[3]

Background and writing[edit]

Bachman wrote the song about an experience that he had in high school when he was trying to get a girl to date his stepbrother.[4] "I attempted to bribe the hottest girl in our high school to go out on a date with [my stepbrother]," Bachman told MTV News. "So as the conversation between me and what I thought was this godly, exalted woman progressed, I began to feel more and more uncomfortable and awkward, and so I just remember that feeling... I don't want to say fear, but just kind of being in awe of her."[4]

Music video[edit]

The official music video features Yvonne Sciò dressed in angel's wings and a leather pilot cap with aviator's goggles.[5]

Track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tal Bachman.

CD single
  • Europe: Columbia / COL 666441 1
No. Title Length
1. "She's So High"   3:44
2. "Angeline"   3:43
  • Europe: Columbia / COL 666441 2
No. Title Length
1. "She's So High"   3:44
2. "Angeline"   3:43
3. "Superstar"   2:53
4. "Guilty"   3:31
Cassette single (Plays same both sides)
  • UK: Columbia / 667993 4
No. Title Length
1. "She's So High"   3:44
2. "Guilty"   3:31
CD single
  • UK: Columbia / 667993 2
No. Title Length
1. "She's So High"   3:44
2. "Angeline"   3:43
3. "Paint a Pretty Picture"   3:51

Chart performance[edit]

The single reached No. 1 on three different radio formats in Canada[citation needed], and became a multi-format Top 10 hit in the United States[6] and internationally.

Kurt Nilsen version[edit]

"She's So High"
Single by Kurt Nilsen
from the album I
B-side "She's So High" (Instrumental)
"Wedding's Off"
Released February 9, 2003
Format CD
Recorded Hitsville Studios, Halden in Norway
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:06
Label Sony BMG
Writer(s) Tal Bachman
Producer(s) Ole Evenrude
Certification Norway: 10x platinum[18]
Kurt Nilsen singles chronology
"She's So High"
(2003)
"Here She Comes"
(2003)

Four years after Bachman's hit, Norwegian Kurt Nilsen's cover version of the song reached No. 1 in Norway[19] and was Norway's best selling single ever.[18] It was an international hit a year later.

Track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tal Bachman, except where noted.

CD single
  • Norway: RCA, BMG / 82876528502 (2003)
  • Europe: RCA / 82876 61088 2 (2004)
No. Title Length
1. "She's So High"   4:08
2. "Wedding's Off" (written by Kurt Nilsen) 3:00
  • Europe: BMG / 82876 597 612 (2004)
No. Title Length
1. "She's So High"   4:08
2. "She's So High" (Instrumental) 4:08
Enhanced CD single
  • Europe: RCA / 82876 59828 2 (2004)
No. Title Length
1. "She's So High"   4:08
2. "She's So High" (Instrumental) 4:08
3. "She's So High" (video on CD-ROM track)  

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2003–04) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[20] 42
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[21] 9
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[22] 4
Germany (Media Control Charts)[23] 25
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[24] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[25] 38
Norway (VG-lista)[26] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[27] 91
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[28] 25
Preceded by
"Things Are Gonna Change" by Christian Ingebrigtsen
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single (Kurt Nilsen version)
June 11, 2003 – August 6, 2003
Succeeded by
"Chasing Rainbows" by Gaute Ormåsen

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rob Thomas, Eagle-Eye Cherry Receive BMI Awards". Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Saskatchewan Recording Industry Association - Juno Award winners". Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b AllMusic
  4. ^ a b "Tal Bachman Reveals His Inspiration For "She's So High"". MTV. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ She's So High. YouTube. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Tal Bachman - Billboard Singles". AllMusic. 
  7. ^ "australian-charts.com - Tal Bachman - She's So High". Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Adult Contemporary - Volume 69, No. 8, June 14, 1999". RPM. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 69, No. 3, May 10, 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  10. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 69, No. 10, June 28, 1999". RPM. Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  11. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Tal Bachman - She's So High" (in Dutch). Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  12. ^ "charts.org.nz - Tal Bachman - She's So High". Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Chart Stats - Tal Bachman - She's So High". Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1999". ARIA. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 70, No. 8, December 13, 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  16. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 70, No. 8, December 13, 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  17. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  18. ^ a b "Kurt Nilsen Biography". AllMusic. 
  19. ^ "norwegiancharts.com - Kurt Nilsen - She's So High". Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Kurt Nilsen – She's So High" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  21. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kurt Nilsen – She's So High" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  22. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kurt Nilsen – She's So High" (in French). Ultratip.
  23. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Kurt Nilsen > She's So High – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  24. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Kurt Nilsen search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  25. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Kurt Nilsen – She's So High". Top 40 Singles.
  26. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Kurt Nilsen – She's So High". VG-lista.
  27. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Kurt Nilsen – She's So High". Swiss Singles Chart.
  28. ^ "Chart Stats - Kurt Nilsen - She's So High". Retrieved July 16, 2009. 

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