Somethin' Else (song)

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This article is about the Eddie Cochran song. For other songs with similar titles, see Something Else (disambiguation).
"Somethin' Else"
Eddie Cochran Somethin Else Liberty F-55203.jpg
Single by Eddie Cochran
from the album The Eddie Cochran Memorial Album
B-side "Boll Weevil Song"
Released July 1959
Format 7" 45rpm
Recorded June 23, 1959
Genre Rock and roll, rockabilly
Length 2:08
Label Liberty F-55203
Writer(s) Sharon Sheeley, Bob Cochran
Producer(s) Eddie Cochran
Eddie Cochran singles chronology
"Teenage Heaven"
(1959)
"Somethin' Else"
(1959)
"Hallelujah! I Love Her So"
(1959)

"Somethin' Else" is a song by the rockabilly musician Eddie Cochran, co-written by his girlfriend, Sharon Sheeley, and his older brother, Bob Cochran, released in 1959. It has been covered by a wide range of artists and most notably by the Sex Pistols who scored a number 3 hit in the UK Singles Chart in 1979.[1]

Eddie Cochran version[edit]

The first-person lyrics describe how Cochran wants a convertible he can not afford and a girl who he fears will not go out with him. But in the end, by saving money, he is able to buy an older car, and works up the confidence to ask the girl out. The song was written on the back of a match book. Veteran studio drummer Earl Palmer played the same drum beat on "Somethin' Else" as Charles Connor did on Little Richard's "Keep A-Knockin'". But Eddie Cochran was unaware that Sheeley wanted to duplicate the drum sound of the Little Richard recording.[2] The song peaked at No. 22 on the UK Singles Chart,[3] but only reached No. 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

Known personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1959) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[3] 22
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 58

Songwriting credit[edit]

Note that the songwriting credit correctly shows Bob, not Bobby, Cochran. Eddie's brother Bob co-wrote the song. Bobby Cochran is Eddie's nephew.[5]

Sex Pistols version[edit]

"Something Else"
Single by Sex Pistols : vocals Sid Vicious
from the album The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle
B-side "Friggin' in the Riggin'"
Released February 23, 1979
Recorded January - August 1978
Genre Punk rock
Length 2:06
Label Virgin Records
Writer(s) Sharon Sheeley, Bob Cochran
Producer(s) Steve Jones.

Sex Pistols recorded a version of the song for the album The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle. "Something Else" on the double A-sided single was credited to Sex Pistols : vocals Sid Vicious and was released three weeks after Vicious died. It peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] The other side of the single was "Friggin' in the Riggin'" credited to Sex Pistols : vocals Steve Jones.[6]

There are a few (slight) changes to the lyrics, for example the opening verse is changed from, "Here comes that girl again/Wanted to date her since I don't know when" to "Here comes that girl again/One of the cutest since I don't know when" and in the third verse, the lines are changed from "Worked hard and saved my dough/I'll buy that car that I've been wanting so" to "Worked hard and saved my dough/I buy that car and I load up with Joe".[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[1] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 490. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Cochran, Bobby (2003). Three Steps to Heaven: The Eddie Cochran Story (1st ed.). Milwaukee: Hal Leonard. p. 145. ISBN 0-634-03252-6. 
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 112. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Eddie Cochran – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Eddie Cochran.
  5. ^ Chrystall, Margaret (February 26, 2016). "Bobby Cochran's Bond with Uncle Eddie", What's On North. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Sex Pistols - Something Else (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1979-04-28. Retrieved 2016-08-29. 

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