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)
Format
Recorded1994
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).[3] 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 played vibraphone on the recording.[citation needed] Vic Godard performed backing vocals on the outro. 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.[4]

Copyright controversy[edit]

On 30 September 2009, Collins' manager posted to Collins' page on Myspace[5] 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.[6]

Music videos[edit]

There are two different music videos for this song. The video in the United States was an avant-garde tribute to 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.[42] It was also featured in season 1, episode 5 of Lucifer ("Sweet Kicks").[43]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "New Releases – Product Available from: 12/12/94". Imgur (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  3. ^ MacGregor, David (9 December 2013). "Baubles, Labels, and Sliding Doors: Kid Canaveral interview Edwyn Collins". The Skinny. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  4. ^ Love, Damien (20 October 1995). "Poor old northern soul". The List. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Downloads and the Featured Artists Coalition". Archived from the original on 9 October 2009.. Myspace. 30 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Featured Content on Myspace". Myspace. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
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  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
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  11. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2827." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 2799." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Edwyn Collins: A Girl Like You" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  14. ^ "Lescharts.com – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  15. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  16. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (30.7. '95 – 5.8. '95)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 29 July 1995. p. 20. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  17. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Edwyn Collins". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 4, 1995" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  20. ^ "Charts.nz – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  21. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You". VG-lista. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  22. ^ "A GIRL LIKE YOU – Edwyn Collins" (in Polish). LP3. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  23. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  24. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  25. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
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  27. ^ a b c "Gorgeous George – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  28. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Pop Singles – Week ending NOVEMBER 11, 1995". Archived from the original on 2 September 2012.. Cash Box magazine.
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  30. ^ a b "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1995". Imgur (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  31. ^ "Jahreshitparade 1995" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  32. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1995" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  33. ^ "Rapports annuels 1995" (in French). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  34. ^ "Classement Singles – année 1995". Disque en France (in French). Archived from the original on 14 February 2009.
  35. ^ "Jahrescharts – 1995". Offiziellecharts.de (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
  36. ^ "Årslista Singlar – År 1995" (in Swedish). Topplistan. Archived from the original on 16 February 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  37. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1995" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  38. ^ "Les Singles / Titres Certifiés "Argent"" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  39. ^ "Les Singles en Argent". InfoDisc (in French). Archived from the original on 16 October 2014.
  40. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Edwyn Collins; 'A Girl Like You')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  41. ^ "British single certifications – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type A Girl Like You in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  42. ^ Borzillo, Carrie (5 August 1995). "A&M soundtrack plants hopes with the Gin Blossoms". Billboard. Vol. 107 no. 31. p. 103. ISSN 0006-2510.
  43. ^ "Listen to Edwyn Collins 'A Girl Like You' from 'Lucifer'". Leo Sigh. Retrieved 5 October 2018.

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