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"
Released April 14, 1999
Format CD
Cassette
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop rock, power pop
Length 3:44
Label Sony Music Entertainment
Writer(s) Tal Bachman
Producer(s) Tal Bachman, Bob Rock
Tal Bachman singles chronology
"She's So High"
(1999)
"If You Sleep"
(1999)

"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 won a BMI award[1] and a Juno Award for Best Producer.[2] Parent album Tal Bachman did particularly well, in the U.S. reaching the #1 spot on Billboard's 'Heatseekers' chart.[3]

The song did particularly well in the U.S.; for example, it reached the #1 spot of Billboard's 'Adult Top 40' chart. The American media group Allmusic named it an 'album pick'.[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]

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.[5]

Track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tal Bachman.

CD single
  • Europe: Columbia / COL 666441 1
No. Title Length
1. "She's So High" 3:44
2. "Angeline" 3:43
  • Europe: Columbia / COL 666441 2
No. Title Length
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. Title Length
1. "She's So High" 3:44
2. "Guilty" 3:31
CD single
  • UK: Columbia / 667993 2
No. Title Length
1. "She's So High" 3:44
2. "Angeline" 3:43
3. "Paint a Pretty Picture" 3:51

Chart performance[edit]

The single reached No. 1 on three different radio formats in Canada[citation needed], and became a multi-format Top 10 hit in the United States[6] and internationally.

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"
Released February 9, 2003
Format CD
Recorded Hitsville Studios, Halden in Norway
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:06
Label Sony BMG
Writer(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 No. 1 in Norway[18] and was Norway's best selling single ever.[19] It was an international hit a year later.

Track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tal Bachman, except where noted.

CD single
  • Norway: RCA, BMG / 82876528502 (2003)
  • Europe: RCA / 82876 61088 2 (2004)
No. Title Length
1. "She's So High" 4:08
2. "Wedding's Off" (written by Kurt Nilsen) 3:00
  • Europe: BMG / 82876 597 612 (2004)
No. Title Length
1. "She's So High" 4:08
2. "She's So High" (Instrumental) 4:08
Enhanced CD single
  • Europe: RCA / 82876 59828 2 (2004)
No. Title Length
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)  

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2003–04) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[20] 42
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[21] 9
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[22] 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[23] 25
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[24] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[25] 38
Norway (VG-lista)[26] 1
Poland (Polish Airplay Charts)[27] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[28] 91
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[29] 25
Preceded by
"Things Are Gonna Change" by Christian Ingebrigtsen
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single (Kurt Nilsen version)
June 11, 2003 – August 6, 2003
Succeeded by
"Chasing Rainbows" by Gaute Ormåsen

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rob Thomas, Eagle-Eye Cherry Receive BMI Awards". Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Saskatchewan Recording Industry Association - Juno Award winners". Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Tal Bachman - Tal Bachman - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Tal Bachman Reveals His Inspiration For "She's So High"". MTV. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ She's So High. YouTube. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Tal Bachman - Billboard Singles". AllMusic. 
  7. ^ "australian-charts.com - Tal Bachman - She's So High". Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Adult Contemporary - Volume 69, No. 8, June 14, 1999". RPM. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 69, No. 3, May 10, 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  10. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 69, No. 10, June 28, 1999". RPM. Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  11. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Tal Bachman - She's So High" (in Dutch). Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  12. ^ "charts.org.nz - Tal Bachman - She's So High". Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Chart Stats - Tal Bachman - She's So High". Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1999". ARIA. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 70, No. 8, December 13, 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  16. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 70, No. 8, December 13, 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  17. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  18. ^ "norwegiancharts.com - Kurt Nilsen - She's So High". Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Kurt Nilsen Biography". AllMusic. 
  20. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Kurt Nilsen – She's So High" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  21. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kurt Nilsen – She's So High" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  22. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kurt Nilsen – She's So High" (in French). Ultratip.
  23. ^ "Musicline.de – Kurt Nilsen Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  24. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Kurt Nilsen search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  25. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Kurt Nilsen – She's So High". Top 40 Singles.
  26. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Kurt Nilsen – She's So High". VG-lista.
  27. ^ "Polish Airplay Charts - Lista krajowa 11/2004". PiF PaF Production. Archived from the original on October 20, 2007. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Kurt Nilsen – She's So High". Swiss Singles Chart.
  29. ^ "Chart Stats - Kurt Nilsen - She's So High". Retrieved July 16, 2009. 

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