Another Girl, Another Planet
|"Another Girl, Another Planet"|
|Single by The Only Ones|
|from the album The Only Ones|
|The Only Ones singles chronology|
"Another Girl, Another Planet" is the most successful song by the English rock band The Only Ones. It is the second track on their first album, The Only Ones, released in 1978. The song has since been covered by several other performers.
It was recorded on a 16-track analogue Studer tape machine and an ex-Steve Marriott Helios mixing console at Escape Studios, a residential facility in Egerton, Kent, England, by engineer/producer John Burns, assisted by Ian (now, Jennifer) Maidman, and later worked on and mixed at Basing Street Studios by Robert Ash.
The track was not a chart hit upon its initial release in 1978. Its first chart appearance was in July 1981 – at No. 44, for one week, on the New Zealand chart. It was re-released in the UK in January 1992, backed with "Pretty in Pink" by The Psychedelic Furs to promote the compilation album, Sound of the Suburbs, and appeared in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks, peaking at No. 57.
"A fantastic song with an amazing guitar line," enthused Tim Wheeler of Ash. "It took me a long time to figure out that it's about drugs – not a girl from another planet – and that space travel is a metaphor for being high. It was Peter Perrett's heroin-heavy drawl that eventually gave it away." In an interview in 2015 Perrett declared that the song has been actually inspired by a girl and that it is not about heroin, nevertheless admitting that he always enjoyed writing ambiguous lyrics that could be taken on two or three different levels.
In popular culture
The song's title was used as the name of a 1992 American independent movie directed by Michael Almereyda, though the song does not appear in the film. It does appear, though, in five films and their soundtracks: That Summer! (1979), Different for Girls (1996), Me Without You (2001), D.E.B.S. (2004) and Paul (2011).
|"Another Girl Another Planet"|
|Promotional single by Blink-182|
|from the album Greatest Hits|
Larrabee Sound Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
|US Pop 100 (Billboard)||99|
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