Bop Girl

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"Bop Girl"
Bop Girl by Pat Wilson.jpg
Single by Pat Wilson
from the album Strong Love
ReleasedSeptember 1983
Format7" vinyl
StudioRhinoceros Studios
LabelWEA Records
Songwriter(s)Ross Wilson,
Producer(s)Ross Wilson, Mark Moffatt, Ricky Fataar
Pat Wilson singles chronology
"Bop Girl"
"Strong Love"

"Bop Girl" is the debut single by Australian pop singer Pat Wilson. The song was written by her husband, Ross Wilson[1] of the bands Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock. "Bop Girl" was released in September 1983, peaking at number two on the Australian Kent Music Report and number 28 in South Africa. At the 1983 Countdown Music Awards, the song won the award for Best Debut Single.

Music video[edit]

The music video was the screen debut of 15-year-old Nicole Kidman playing the role of a young "bop girl".[2] Chosen by director Gillian Armstrong, songwriter Ross recalled that Kidman was to represent "an up and coming starlet with a bright future".[3] Kidman herself insisted that the video be used for both a BBC documentary about her career, and also in an American Cinematheque tribute, with the result that the video returned to Australian music video playlists in 2004. The music video was shot in South Coogee.

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl (WEA – 7-259854)

  1. "Bop Girl" - 3:33
  2. "Tacky" - 3:17


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 10
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[6] 28

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 11

In popular culture[edit]

"Bop Girl" was featured in the short-lived 1980s American sci-fi show Otherworld episode "Rock n' Roll Suicide", with the two young members of the family performing it in a talent show.


  1. ^ ""Bop Girl" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 7 April 2009.
  2. ^ Hughes, John. "Lost in the '80s: Pat Wilson, "Bop Girl"". Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Ross Wilson interview on Talking Heads with Peter Thompson". Talking Heads. ABC. 9 July 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 15 May 2008.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives: Australian Chart Book. p. 341. ISBN 0-646-11917-6..
  5. ^ " – Pat Wilson – Bop Girl". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  6. ^ "SA Charts 1965 - 1989 Songs A-B". South African Rock Lists. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives: Australian Chart Book. p. 435. ISBN 0-646-11917-6..