Evil Woman (Electric Light Orchestra song)
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A-side label of the UK vinyl release
|Single by Electric Light Orchestra|
|from the album Face the Music|
|B-side||"10538 Overture (Live)"|
|Recorded||1975 at Musicland Studios|
|Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology|
|Face the Music track listing|
Artwork for German vinyl release
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".
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||23|
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||6|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||20|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||21|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||8|
|UK Singles (OCC)||10|
|US Billboard Hot 100||10|
|US Cash Box||9|
|US Record World||9|
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||81|
|US Billboard Hot 100||70|
|US Cash Box||54|
Jeff Lynne version
|Song by Electric Light Orchestra|
|from the album Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra|
|Recorded||2001–2012 Bungalow Palace|
|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.
Other uses/cover versions
- Patty Pravo covered it on her 1976 "Tanto" album in Italian as "E lo Cammino."
- The 1987 TV special DTV Monster Hits! also featured a short music video of the song, set to clips of all the female villains featured in Disney cartoons up to that point.
- In 1995, Michael Stipe imitated Jeff Lynne at an R.E.M. concert at Madison Square Garden on their Monster Tour, he wore a frizzy wig and sang "Evil Woman" before the show with Luscious Jackson playing the music.
- In 2002, the song was used in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember during the jail scene with Dr. Evil receiving a visit from Mindy Sterling's character Frau Farbissina, the movie's soundtrack album featured a version sung by Diana King.
- The band moe. covered the song three times in 2005.
- In 2006, a part of the song was sampled in the Pussycat Dolls single "Beep".
- The song is performed in the 2007 Broadway musical Xanadu.
- The song appeared in the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV on the fictional radio station Liberty Rock Radio 97.8.
- In 2008, singer/songwriter Mike Posner included a remix of the song on his mixtape, "A Matter of Time."
- The song appeared in a 2008 episode of the TV series My Name Is Earl.
- The song was also featured in a 2009 episode of the TV series Community.
- A cover version of the song was performed by Oh Mercy on Triple J's Like a Version segment in April 2011.
- The song was used as Danny's ringtone in the season 3 premiere of Hawaii Five-0 in 2012-2013.
- The song appeared in a TV commercial for the Hyundai Elantra that aired during Fox's coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII on 2 February 2014, featuring Johnny Galecki, who is most famous for his portrayal of Leonard Hofstadter on The Big Bang Theory.
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- "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4081a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Evil Woman". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – Electric Light Orchestra - Evil Woman" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
- "Dutchcharts.nl – Electric Light Orchestra – Evil Woman" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
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- "Electric Light Orchestra – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
- "Cash Box Top 100 Singles – Week ending February 14, 1976". Archived from the original on 2 September 2012.. Cash Box.
- "The Singles Chart" (PDF). Record World. 31 January 1976. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
- "Top 200 singles of '76". RPM. Vol. 26 no. 14 & 15. 8 January 1977. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
- "Singles". Billboard. 88 (52). 25 December 1976. ISSN 0006-2510.
- "The Cash Box Year-End Charts: 1976". Archived from the original on 28 December 2012.. Cash Box.
- "Mr. Blue Sky – The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra". Archived from the original on 27 October 2015.. Jefflynneselo.com.
- "Like A Version: Oh Mercy – Evil Woman". ABC Online. Retrieved 12 September 2015.