Another Girl, Another Planet

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"Another Girl, Another Planet"
Single by The Only Ones
from the album The Only Ones
Released 1978
Format Vinyl
Recorded April 1978
Length 3:02
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Peter Perrett
  • The Only Ones
  • Robert Ash
The Only Ones singles chronology
"Lovers of Today"
"Another Girl, Another Planet"
"The Whole of the Law"

"Lovers of Today"
"Another Girl, Another Planet"
"The Whole of the Law"
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"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.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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.[2][3]


AllMusic describes it as "Arguably, the greatest rock single ever recorded".[4]

The song was placed at number 18 in John Peel's all-time Festive Fifty millennium edition. Playing it in 1980's Festive Fifty, he introduced it as an "artful little caprice".[5]

In March 2005, Q magazine placed the song at number 83 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.[6]

"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."[7]

In popular culture[edit]

The song's title was used as the name of a 1992 American independent movie directed by Michael Almereyda,[8] 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),[9] Me Without You (2001), D.E.B.S. (2004) and Paul (2011).

Cover versions[edit]


"Another Girl Another Planet"
Promotional single by Blink-182
from the album Greatest Hits
Released 2005
Format CD single
Recorded Late 2004
Larrabee Sound Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Pop punk
Length 2:42
Label Universal
Songwriter(s) Peter Perrett

Blink-182 recorded a cover of this song for the opening track of Travis Barker's MTV reality show Meet the Barkers. It was later released in 2005 as the closing track on their Greatest Hits album.

Chart (2005) Peak
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[10] 99

Other covers[edit]

Other covers of this song include covers by Greg Kihn, the Replacements, and Babyshambles.[11]


  1. ^ Buskin, Richard (2007-04-27). "CLASSIC TRACKS: The Only Ones: 'Another Girl, Another Planet'". Sound On Sound. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived January 18, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 407. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Andy Claps. "Another Girl, Another Planet - The Only Ones - Listen, Appearances, Song Review - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  5. ^ " Peel's Festive 50's - 1977 - 2003 ..." Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  6. ^ " Magazine Lists". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  7. ^ Wheeler, Tim (August 2007). "Sci-fi rocks". Q: 117. 
  8. ^ "Another Girl Another Planet (1992)". 1 October 1992. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Different for Girls (1996)". 12 September 1997. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Pop – Pop 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 117 (47): 54. November 19, 2005. Retrieved March 21, 2016. 
  11. ^ Jones, Rob (July 30, 2008), "The Only Ones Perform "Another Girl, Another Planet"", The Delete Bin, retrieved 2016-11-09 .

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