Evil Woman (Electric Light Orchestra song)

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"Evil Woman"
Evil Woman by Electric Light Orchestra UK vinyl A-side label.jpg
A-side label of the UK vinyl release
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Face the Music
B-side "10538 Overture (Live)"
Released
  • October 1975 (US)
  • 10 January 1976 (UK)
Format 7"
Recorded 1975 at Musicland Studios
Length
  • 4:35 (Album version)
  • 4:12 (UK single edit)
  • 3:15 (US single edit)
  • 5:17 (Full-length version)
  • 5:00 (Stripped down mix)
Label
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Boy Blue"
(1975)
"Evil Woman"
(1975)
"Strange Magic"
(1976)

"Boy Blue"
(1975)
"Evil Woman"
(1975)
"Strange Magic"
(1976)
Face the Music track listing
8 tracks
Side one
  1. "Fire On High"
  2. "Waterfall"
  3. "Evil Woman"
  4. "Nightrider"
Side two
  1. "Poker"
  2. "Strange Magic"
  3. "Down Home Town"
  4. "One Summer Dream"
Alternative release
Artwork for German vinyl release
Artwork for German vinyl release

"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.

Background[edit]

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".

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1975–1976) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 23
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[2] 6
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 10
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[4] 20
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 21
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 10
US Cash Box[9] 9
US Record World[10] 9

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Rank
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[11] 81
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 70
US Cash Box[13] 54

Jeff Lynne version[edit]

"Evil Woman"
Song by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
Released
  • 8 October 2012 (UK)
  • 9 October 2012 (US)
Recorded 2001–2012 Bungalow Palace
Length 4:30
Label Frontiers
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra track listing

Jeff Lynne re-recorded the song in his own home studio. It was released in a compilation album, Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra, with other re-recorded ELO songs, under the ELO name.[14]

Other uses/cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  2. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4081a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  3. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Evil Woman". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Electric Light Orchestra - Evil Woman" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Electric Light Orchestra – Evil Woman" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Charts.nz – Electric Light Orchestra – Evil Woman". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles – Week ending February 14, 1976". Archived from the original on 2 September 2012. . Cash Box.
  10. ^ "The Singles Chart" (PDF). Record World. 31 January 1976. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Top 200 singles of '76". RPM. Vol. 26 no. 14 & 15. 8 January 1977. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "Singles". Billboard. 88 (52). 25 December 1976. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  13. ^ "The Cash Box Year-End Charts: 1976". Archived from the original on 28 December 2012. . Cash Box.
  14. ^ "Mr. Blue Sky – The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra". Archived from the original on 27 October 2015. . Jefflynneselo.com.
  15. ^ "Like A Version: Oh Mercy – Evil Woman". ABC Online. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 

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