"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. The song peaked at #22 on the UK singles chart but only reached #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.
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 recorded his own version of the song for the album The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle as well as a solo single, released 3 weeks after he died. It peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart and was Sid's biggest success. There are a few (slight) changes to the lyrics, for example the opening verse is changed from, "Here Comes That Girl Again/Wanted To Date Her Since I Don't Know When" to "Here Comes That Girl Again/One Of The Cutest Since I Don't Know When" and in the third verse, the lines are changed from "Worked Hard And Saved My Dough/I'll Buy That Car That 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, 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.
The Head Cat, the American rockabilly supergroup formed by vocalist Lemmy (of Motörhead), drummer Slim Jim Phantom (of The Stray Cats) and guitarist Danny B. Harvey (of Lonesome Spurs and The Rockats), recorded its version of "Somethin' Else" for their 2011 Album, Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk.
American folk/punk-rock band The Buddies, covered "Somethin' Else" on their 2010 EP, Leprechaun to the Right.WOJB DJ/music director, Jeff Jones, referred to The Buddies cover of "Somethin' Else" as "neck breaking trash of the highest order."
Johnny Hallyday, a major rock'n'roll star in France, covered this song as Elle est terrible in 1963. While not an exact translation, the French lyrics cover the same themes (a young man daydreaming about a girl and a nice, recent convertible car, and going back to reality driving an older car), with some changes suitable for a French audience (dreaming about driving on the Champs-Élysées, the old Ford '41 replaced by an old Citroën).