Somethin' Else (song)

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This article is about the Eddie Cochran song. For other songs with similar titles, see Something Else (disambiguation).
"Somethin' Else"
Single by Eddie Cochran
from the album The Eddie Cochran Memorial Album
B-side "Boll Weevil Song"
Released July 1959
Format 7" 45rpm
Recorded June 23, 1959
Genre Rock and roll
Length 2:08
Label Liberty F-55203
Writer(s) Sharon Sheeley Bob Cochran
Producer(s) Eddie Cochran
Eddie Cochran singles chronology
"Teenage Heaven"
(1959)
"Somethin' Else"
(1959)
"Hallelujah! I Love Her So"
(1959)

"Somethin' Else" is a song by the rockabilly musician Eddie Cochran, co-written by his girlfriend, Sharon Sheeley, and his older brother, Bob Cochran, released in 1959. The first-person lyrics describe how Cochran wants a convertible he can't afford and a girl who he fears will not go out with him. But in the end, by saving money, he is able to buy an older car, and works up the confidence to ask the girl out. The song was written on the back of a match book. Veteran studio drummer Earl Palmer played the same drum beat on "Somethin' Else" as Charles Connor did on Little Richard's "Keep A-Knockin'". But Eddie Cochran was unaware that Sheeley wanted to duplicate the drum sound of the Little Richard recording.[1] The song peaked at #22 on the UK singles chart but only reached #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1959) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 22
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 58

Songwriting Credit[edit]

Note writing credit amended to show Bob not Bobby Cochrane. Eddie's brother Bob co-wrote the song. Original link was to Bobby Cochrane who is apparently Eddie's nephew.

Cover versions[edit]

Led Zeppelin version[edit]

"Somethin' Else"
Song by Led Zeppelin from the album BBC Sessions
Released November 11, 1997
Recorded June 16, 1969
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 2:06
Label Atlantic
Writer Sharon Sheeley, Bob Cochran
Producer Paul Williams, Jimmy Page
BBC Sessions track listing
"Whole Lotta Love"
(9)
"Somethin' Else"
(10)
"Communication Breakdown"
(11)

Led Zeppelin recorded its version of "Somethin' Else" in June 1969. It was ultimately released on their 1997 album, BBC Sessions and their 2003 Led Zeppelin DVD. The group would often perform the song as part of a live medley during their early years.

Sid Vicious version[edit]

"Something Else"
Single by Sid Vicious
from the album The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle
Released February 23, 1979
Recorded January - August 1978
Genre Punk rock
Length 2:06
Label Virgin Records
Writer(s) Sharon Sheeley, Bob Cochran
Producer(s) Sex Pistols

Sid Vicious recorded his own version of the song for the album The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle as well as a solo single, released not along after he died 3 weeks earlier. It peaked number 3 on the UK Singles Chart and was Sid's biggest success. There are a few changes (though only slight) to the lyrics in the song, for example the opening verse is changed from its original line which was "Here Comes That Girl Again/The One I Wanted To Date Since I Don't Know When" is now "Here Comes That Girl Again/One Of The Cutest Since I Don't Know When" and later in the thirds verse the lines are changed from "Worked Hard And Saved My Dough/I Buy That Car And I've Been Wanting So" to "Worked Hard And Saved My Dough/I Buy That Car And I Load Up With Joe".

The music video for this cover was shown as: Sid getting out of bed wearing nothing but a thong, scratching his testicles getting on a bike and starts singing, and after he has done singing the first verse he gets off his bike and goes to fridge and grabs a beer bottle filled with beer, then slaps the bottle lid off starts singing most of the 2nd verse in front of a mirror whilst pouring the beer on the floor and eventually smashing the bottle on his bike. After he is done singing he puts some boots on and whilst wearing only boots and the thong walks outside as the song and video ends.

Other versions[edit]

The song has been covered by numerous bands and artists, such as

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cochran, Bobby (2003). Three Steps to Heaven: The Eddie Cochran Story (1st ed.). Milwaukee: Hal Leonard. p. 145. ISBN 0-634-03252-6. 
  2. ^ "Eddie Cochran Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Eddie Cochran.

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