Evil Woman (Electric Light Orchestra song)

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"Evil Woman"
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Face the Music
B-side "10538 Overture (Live)"
  • October 1975 (US)
  • 10 January 1976 (UK)
Format 7"
Recorded 1975 at Musicland Studios
Genre Symphonic rock
  • 4:19 (Album version)
  • 4:12 (UK single edit)
  • 3:15 (US single edit)
  • 5:17 (Full-length version)
Writer(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Boy Blue"
"Evil Woman"
"Strange Magic"
Face the Music track listing

"Evil Woman" is a song written by lead vocalist Jeff Lynne and recorded by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). It was first released on the band's fifth album, 1975's Face the Music.


When released as a single in late 1975, the song became the band's first worldwide hit. According to Lynne this song was the quickest he had ever written, in thirty minutes, originally as 'filler' for the group's Face the Music album. The song placed in the top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic in early 1976. The song became a hit again in the UK in 1978 when it featured on The ELO EP. The lyric "There's a hole in my head where the rain comes in" in the song is a tribute to The Beatles' song "Fixing a Hole".

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