You Should Hear How She Talks About You

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"You Should Hear How She Talks About You"
Single by Melissa Manchester
from the album Hey Ricky
A-side "You Should Hear How She Talks About You"
B-side "Long Goodbyes"
Released 1982
Format 7" single
Genre New Wave, pop rock, synthpop
Length 4:17
Label Arista
Writer(s) Dean Pitchford, Tom Snow
Producer(s) Arif Mardin
Melissa Manchester singles chronology
"Race to the End"
(1981)
"You Should Hear How She Talks About You"
(1982)
"Hey Ricky (You're a Low-Down Heel)"
(1982)

"You Should Hear How She Talks About You" is a 1982 Top Ten single performed by Melissa Manchester from her album Hey Ricky.

First recorded by Charlie Dore for her 1981 Listen! album, "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" was written by Dean Pitchford and Thomas R. Snow. According to lyricist Pitchford the song's lyrical concept was borrowed from "She Loves You" by the Beatles: "the idea of somebody reporting to somebody else on hearing this girl's in love with you, or this boy's in love with you."[1] Pitchford and Snow had had that idea in mind for some time: then when Snow first played a new tune which had come to him for Pitchford the latter felt: "this [could] be the song where we write our modern day 'She Loves You.'"[1] Pitchford came up with the main hook line as "You should hear the way she talks about you" which Snow amended to "You should hear how she talks about you".[1]

Arif Mardin who produced Manchester's recording described the track as "a real departure for Melissa because it has a new wave dance quality and she had been known for her ballads", Manchester having reached the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 with the ballads "Midnight Blue" (#6) and "Don't Cry Out Loud" (#10) and the previous Manchester/Mardin collaboration "Theme from Ice Castles" also being a ballad. Mardin continued: "But music is music. You can't turn your back on new formats or styles."[2] A 1985 interview with Manchester would state that the singer "had to be dragged kicking and screaming into [the] studio to record...'You Should Hear How She Talks About You'."[3]

"You Should Hear How She Talks About You" reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1982 to become Manchester's highest charting record. It would also prove to be Manchester's last Top 40 hit (her 1983 single "Nice Girls" would peak at #42). Also it peaked at #10 on the Adult Contemporary cart [4] and #8 on the dance chart.[5] The track would earn Manchester the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the year 1982, besting nominated performances by Laura Branigan, Juice Newton, Olivia Newton-John, and Linda Ronstadt; Manchester had previously been nominated in that category for the 1979 release "Don't Cry Out Loud".

"You Should Hear How She Talks About You" was also a worldwide hit in Canada (#5), New Zealand (#20), and Australia (#4). In Australia, it ranked as the #25 single of 1982.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Songwriter Interviews - Dean Pitchford". SongFacts.com. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Billboard (18 December 1982) vol 94 #50 p.52
  3. ^ Albany Herald 2 May 1985 p.20
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 153. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 165. 

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