A Girl Like You (Edwyn Collins song)

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"A Girl Like You"
A Girl Like You (Edwyn Collins single - cover art).jpg
Single by Edwyn Collins
from the album Gorgeous George
B-side"If You Could Love Me"
Released5 December 1994 (CD1) (Australia)[1]
12 December 1994 (CD2) (Australia)[2]
5 June 1995 (United Kingdom re release)
GenreAlternative rock[3]
Length3:59
LabelSetanta
Songwriter(s)Edwyn Collins
Producer(s)Edwyn Collins
Edwyn Collins singles chronology
"If You Could Love Me"
(1995)
"A Girl Like You"
(1994)
"Make Me Feel Again"
(1995)

"A Girl Like You" is a song by Scottish singer-songwriter Edwyn Collins from his third solo studio album, Gorgeous George (1994). The song samples the drum track of Len Barry's single "1-2-3" (1965).[4] It was released as a single and became a worldwide hit, reaching number one in Flemish Belgium and Iceland and the top ten in several countries, including Australia, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. In North America, "A Girl Like You" reached number 16 on Canada's RPM Top Singles chart and number 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Production[edit]

The Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook performed on the recording.[5] The song had started out as "a more thrashy kind of guitar thing" and there had been a suggestion that Iggy Pop might record a version for the US market but before that could happen Collins' version was gaining airplay.[6]

Copyright controversy[edit]

On 30 September 2009, Collins' manager posted to Collins' page on Myspace[7] to discuss how Collins owned the copyright to the song and wanted to make it available to anyone as a free download, but Myspace only allowed major labels to assert the rights to tracks hosted on their site.

A later posting notes that, after the story was picked up by major news outlets, the song was once again available on the music player via Myspace.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

British magazine Music Week gave the song four out of five, adding, "Ignored by the UK last November but scoring throughout the rest of Europe, the white-soul-swinging track gets a timely re-release."[9]

Music videos[edit]

There are two different music videos for this song. The video in the United States showed an avant-garde depiction of its lyrics (e.g. when Collins sings the lyrics "you made me acknowledge the devil in me", a child's painting of the devil overlays his face). The international video shows Collins singing over videos and silhouettes of dancers.

Track listings[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Appearances[edit]

The song appeared on the soundtrack of the 1995 movie Empire Records.[51] It was also featured in season 1, episode 5 of Lucifer ("Sweet Kicks").[52]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  51. ^ Borzillo, Carrie (5 August 1995). "A&M soundtrack plants hopes with the Gin Blossoms". Billboard. Vol. 107 no. 31. p. 103. ISSN 0006-2510.
  52. ^ "Listen to Edwyn Collins 'A Girl Like You' from 'Lucifer'". Leo Sigh. Retrieved 5 October 2018.

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