Female of the Species

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"Female of the Species"
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Single by Space
from the album Spiders
B-side "Looney Tune"
"Give Me Something"
Released 27 May 1996
Format CD, 12"
Recorded 1995–1996
Length 3:19
Label Gut Records
Writer(s) James Fagan, Franny Griffiths, Andy Parle, Tommy Scott
Producer(s) Stephen Lironi
Space singles chronology
"Female of the Species"
"Me and You Versus the World"
Spiders track listing
"Mister Psycho"
"Female of the Species"

"Female of the Species" is a song by the English rock band Space, released as their fourth single, and second single proper from their debut album Spiders on 27 May 1996, reaching #14 in the UK charts.[1] It was the band's only entry on any music chart in the U.S. when it peaked at #15 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart in early 1997.[2] In Australia, "Female of the Species" entered the ARIA top 100 singles chart on 11 May 1997, peaking at #80 in June.[3]

About the song[edit]

Written and sung by frontman Tommy Scott in tribute to his late father, who was reported to dislike his son's taste of music, "Female of the Species" is a funky, upbeat Latin-flavoured number with feel-good sounding vibes and vocals reminiscent of lounge singers such as Perry Como and Frank Sinatra combined with keyboardist Franny Griffiths' trademark sound effects and Scott's dark humoured lyrics. When the song was performed at later concerts, Scott usually walked into the audience to shake the front concert-goers by the hand.

The song's distinctive style and lyrics led to it being used in TV and films, including the theme song to the UK drama Cold Feet, the 1997 film The Matchmaker starring Janeane Garofalo, during the end credits of the popular movie Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (in the so-called 'Fembot Mix', available on the Original Soundtrack), and in the Daria episode "College Bored". It gained further popularity in the UK when used in a 1998 advert (with a cameo appearance by Quentin Crisp) for the bodyspray "Impulse".

The song's name is a reference to the 1911 Rudyard Kipling poem "The Female of the Species", which has as its refrain: "The female of the species is more deadly than the male". The song mispronounces the word "deadly" as "deadlier".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Female of the Species"  
2. "Looney Tune"  
3. "Give Me Something"  
4. "Female of the Species" (Instrumental)  
No. Title Length
1. "Female of the Species" (D'Still'd Remix)  
2. "Female of the Species" (Radio Edit)  
3. "Female of the Species" (Full On Remix)  
4. "Give Me Something"  

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Official Charts > Space". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
  2. ^ Female of the Species AllMusic. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.