She's So High (Tal Bachman song)

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"She's So High"
Tal Bachman Shes so high.jpg
Single by Tal Bachman
from the album Tal Bachman
B-side
  • "Angeline"
  • "Superstar"
  • "Guilty"
ReleasedApril 1999
FormatCD
Cassette
Recorded1998
StudioPlantation Mixing & Recording (Maui, Hawaii)
GenrePop rock, power pop
Length3:44
LabelSony Music Entertainment
Songwriter(s)Tal Bachman
Producer(s)Tal Bachman, Bob Rock
Tal Bachman singles chronology
"She's So High"
(1999)
"If You Sleep"
(1999)
Music video
"She's So High" on YouTube

"She's So High" is a pop rock song written and performed by Canadian singer-songwriter Tal Bachman. It was released as a single in 1999 from his eponymous album. The song reached number three in Canada and charted well in the United States, reaching the number-one spot on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart and number 14 on the Hot 100. It also became a top-ten hit in Australia and New Zealand and peaked at number 30 in the United Kingdom. American media group AllMusic named it an "album pick".[1] The song won a BMI award[2] and a Juno Award for Best Producer.[3]

Background and writing[edit]

Bachman wrote the song about an experience that he had in high school when he was trying to get a girl to date his stepbrother.[4] "I attempted to bribe the hottest girl in our high school to go out on a date with [my stepbrother]," Bachman told MTV News. "So as the conversation between me and what I thought was this godly, exalted woman progressed, I began to feel more and more uncomfortable and awkward, and so I just remember that feeling... I don't want to say fear, but just kind of being in awe of her."[4] The song was produced by Bob Rock and was recorded in Maui. Bachman stated he played both his father's '62 Stratocaster and a 12-string electric on the song. He also said that he drew some inspiration in writing it from Sheryl Crow's song "If It Makes You Happy".

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted on Canada's RPM Top Singles chart on April 19, 1999, at number 18, the highest new entry of the week.[5] For the next few weeks, the song descended the chart, but it began to gain popularity and eventually reached its peak of number three on June 28.[6] It stayed there for another week before beginning its slow descent off the chart, last appearing at number 100 on July 24, 2000, over a year after its first appearance.[7] It was the eighth best-selling single of 1999 in Canada.[8] On the specific RPM genre charts, "She's So High" reached number three on the Rock Report chart and number 30 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[9][10] In the United States, the song reached number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1999, spending 28 weeks in the top 100, and peaked atop the Adult Top 40 chart in September for three weeks.[11][12] It finished 1999 as the United States' 51st highest-selling song.[13]

The song also found significant success in Australasia. It first appeared at number 44 on Australia's ARIA Singles Chart on the week of August 15, 1999. For the next four weeks, the song rose and fell in the top 30, then shot up to number 13 on September 19.[14] It reached its peak of number eight the following week, then spent nine more nonconsecutive weeks in the top 50, ending the year as Australia's 54th best-selling single.[15] In neighbouring New Zealand, "She's So High" debuted at number 46 on the RIANZ Singles Chart on October 3, then rose 37 positions to number nine—its peak position—the next week.[16] It dropped to number 14 for two weeks, then to number 20 for another two weeks, then spent an additional four weeks in the top 50, logging 10 weeks on the chart altogether. Despite its relatively short charting period, it came in at number 50 on New Zealand's year-end chart.[17]

In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 30 on October 24, fell to number 51 the following week, then left the top 100 the week after.[18] Elsewhere in Europe, the song peaked at number 29 in Iceland,[19] number 71 in Germany,[20] and number 93 in the Netherlands.[21]

Music video[edit]

The official music video features Yvonne Sciò dressed in angel's wings and World War II-era headgear, a leather pilot cap with aviator's goggles.[22] She goes around town doing all kinds of stunts and tricks, annoying everybody, while the scene cuts to Bachman playing the song with his band.

Track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tal Bachman.

CD single

  • Europe: Columbia / COL 666441 1
No.TitleLength
1."She's So High"3:44
2."Angeline"3:43
  • Europe: Columbia / COL 666441 2
No.TitleLength
1."She's So High"3:44
2."Angeline"3:43
3."Superstar"2:53
4."Guilty"3:31

Cassette single (Plays same both sides)

  • UK: Columbia / 667993 4
No.TitleLength
1."She's So High"3:44
2."Guilty"3:31

CD single

  • UK: Columbia / 667993 2
No.TitleLength
1."She's So High"3:44
2."Angeline"3:43
3."Paint a Pretty Picture"3:51

Charts and certifications[edit]

Use in media[edit]

Twenty years after its original North American release, the song was featured in a television advertisement for the Peloton stationary bicycle, broadly televised in late November 2019.[28]

Kurt Nilsen version[edit]

"She's So High"
Kurt Nilsen She's So High single cover.jpg
Single by Kurt Nilsen
from the album I
B-side
  • "She's So High" (Instrumental)
  • "Wedding's Off"
ReleasedFebruary 9, 2003
FormatCD
RecordedHitsville Studios, Halden in Norway
GenrePop rock
Length4:06
LabelSony BMG
Songwriter(s)Tal Bachman
Producer(s)Ole Evenrude
Kurt Nilsen singles chronology
"She's So High"
(2003)
"Here She Comes"
(2003)

Four years after Bachman's hit, Norwegian Kurt Nilsen's cover version of the song reached number one in Norway and was Norway's best-selling single ever,[29] selling over 80,000 copies to earn an 8× Platinum certification. It became an international hit a year later.

Track listings[edit]

  • Norway: RCA, BMG / 82876528502 (2003)
  • Europe: RCA / 82876 61088 2 (2004)

All tracks are written by Tal Bachman, except where noted.

CD single
No.TitleLength
1."She's So High"4:08
2."Wedding's Off" (written by Kurt Nilsen)3:00
  • Europe: BMG / 82876 597 612 (2004)
No.TitleLength
1."She's So High"4:08
2."She's So High" (Instrumental)4:08
  • Europe: RCA / 82876 59828 2 (2004)
Enhanced CD single
No.TitleLength
1."She's So High"4:08
2."She's So High" (Instrumental)4:08
3."She's So High" (video on CD-ROM track) 

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2003–2004) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[30] 60
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[31] 42
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[32] 9
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[33] 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[34] 25
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[35] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[36] 16
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[37] 38
Norway (VG-lista)[38] 1
Poland (Polish Airplay Chart)[39] 1
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[40] 13
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[41] 91
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[42] 25

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[43] 61
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[44] 86

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Norway (IFPI Norway)[45] 8× Platinum 80,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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