When You're a Boy

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When You're a Boy
Studio album by Susanna Hoffs
Released January 29, 1991
Recorded 1990
Genre Rock
Length 45:07
Label Columbia
CK-46076
Producer David Kahne
Susanna Hoffs chronology
When You're a Boy
(1991)
Susanna Hoffs
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]

When You're a Boy is the debut solo album by Susanna Hoffs. It begins with the Billboard Top 40 single "My Side of the Bed," includes the track "Unconditional Love" (co-written by Cyndi Lauper), and ends with a cover of "Boys Keep Swinging," the 1979 song written by David Bowie and Brian Eno. The album's title comes from the lyrics to the latter.

The album peaked at #83 on the album charts.[2]

Three singles were released from the album: "My Side Of The Bed," "Unconditional Love," and "Only Love."

Track listing[edit]

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "My Side of the Bed" S. Hoffs/T. Kelly/B. Steinberg 3:29
2. "No Kind of Love" S. Hoffs/D. Kahne/Scott Cutler/R. Rice 3:05
3. "Wishing On Telstar" R. Lane/J. Cipolla 4:11
4. "That's Why Girls Cry" D. Kahne/J. Hatfield/S. Hoffs 3:59
5. "Unconditional Love" C. Lauper/T. Kelly/B. Steinberg 3:51
6. "Something New" J. Hanes/C. Sheldon/S. Hoffs/D. Kahne 3:52
7. "So Much for Love" J. Hanes/P. E. Gates/P. Dunne/H. Hanes 3:33
8. "This Time" S. Summers 2:36
9. "Only Love" S. Hoffs/D. Warren 4:25
10. "It's Lonely Out Here" S. Hoffs/T. Kelly/B. Steinberg 3:52
11. "Made of Stone" J. Condos/S. Hoffs/D. Kahne 3:13
12. "Boys Keep Swinging" D. Bowie/B. Eno 4:59

Three B-sides from these sessions. "Circus Girl" "Made of Stone"," It's Lonely Out Here"

Personnel[edit]

  • Susanna Hoffs - vocals, guitar
  • David Kahne - keyboards, arranger, mixing, producer, engineer, programming
  • Rusty Anderson - guitar
  • John Entwistle - bass guitar
  • Randy Jackson - bass guitar
  • Benmont Tench - keyboards
  • Jim Keltner - drums
  • Zachary Alford - drums
  • Gary Ferguson - drums
  • Carlos Vega - drums
  • Donovan - backing vocals
  • Juliana Hatfield - backing vocals
  • Tom Kelly - backing vocals
  • Robin Lane - backing vocals
  • Donovan Leitch - backing vocals
  • Eric Lowen - backing vocals
  • Dan Navarro - backing vocals
  • Maria Vidal - backing vocals
  • Steve Churchyard - engineer
  • Clark Germain - engineer
  • David Leonard - engineer, mixing
  • Joel Stoner - engineer, mixing
  • Ray Blair - assistant engineer
  • Greg Goldman - assistant engineer
  • Ed Goodreau - assistant engineer
  • Mike Kloster - assistant engineer
  • Sylvia Massy - assistant engineer
  • Charles Paakkari - assistant engineer
  • Mike Piersante - assistant engineer
  • Keith "KC" Cohen - mixing
  • Lori Fumar - mixing assistant
  • Wally Traugott - mastering
  • Randee Saint Nicholas - photography

Reception[edit]

"An album which expands The Bangles' brief into undreamed of territories," opined Jimmy Nicol, in a four-out-of-five star review for Q. "She reveals herself to be a highly inventive composer, lyricist – and even humourist… After all, how many other American pop stars embarking on a solo career would name their album after a late '70s English art-rock 45?"[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Peak position
1991 Billboard 200 83 [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Billboard.com Susanna Hoffs album chart. Accessed: November 24, 2006
  3. ^ Q, April 1991