Strange Little Girl

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"Strange Little Girl"
Single by The Stranglers
from the album The Collection 1977–1982
B-side"Cruel Garden"
Released9 July 1982 (UK)[1]
GenrePsychedelic pop[2]
BP 412
Songwriter(s)Dave Greenfield, Hans Wärmling, Hugh Cornwell, J.J. Burnel, Jet Black
Producer(s)The Stranglers, Steve Churchyard
The Stranglers singles chronology
"La Folie"
"Strange Little Girl"
"European Female"
"Strange Little Girl"
Single by Tori Amos
from the album Strange Little Girls
B-side"After All" "Only Women Bleed"
Released9 October 2001
GenreAlternative rock
Producer(s)Tori Amos
Tori Amos singles chronology
"Strange Little Girl"
"A Sorta Fairytale"

"Strange Little Girl" is a song by the Stranglers, originally written in 1974 and re-recorded and released in the UK in 1982 as their last single while signed to Liberty Records (part of EMI). By the time of release, the band had already decided to leave the label for Epic Records, and this last single was part of the severance deal, along with the compilation album, The Collection 1977–1982.

Recording and release[edit]

The band showed their talent for mischief in releasing "Strange Little Girl" as their last single on the label when they revealed that it had originally been written in 1974, and submitted to EMI years before the band had a recording contract. EMI had rejected the band on the basis of that demo. "Strange Little Girl" went on to peak at No. 7 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1982.[3]

The music video featured the band and a group of girl punks in London, and was shot around Cambridge Circus and Liverpool Street.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Side A – "Strange Little Girl" – 2:40[4]
  2. Side B – ”Cruel Garden” - 2:21

Tori Amos version[edit]

The version by Tori Amos, was released as the first and only single from her 2001 album Strange Little Girls.

Track listing[edit]

German single

  1. "Strange Little Girl" – 3:50
  2. "After All" – 4:42
  3. "Only Women Bleed" – 3:34

Song information[edit]

The single for "Strange Little Girl" was never released outside of Germany. Unlike some of her other previously rare tracks, the two B-sides for the single ("Only Women Bleed" and "After All") were not included on the Tori Amos compilation A Piano: The Collection, and have yet to appear on any other Tori Amos release to date.

Music video[edit]

A music video was filmed for "Strange Little Girl". However, it has never been released officially (this is one of two videos that were excluded from her music video collection, Fade to Red, the other being "Glory of the '80s").[citation needed]

The video takes place in a sort of crop field, with a young girl being chased by a wolf. Between the shots of the crops, the girl suddenly becomes Amos (this age shift goes back and forth throughout the video). After running, she discovers a house, in which she takes refuge. The wolf tries to get inside, but it cannot—in fact, at one point, the wolf is almost as large as the house. Conversely, near the end of the video, the wolf shrinks enough to be able to squeeze under the door. Amos then takes the wolf in her hand.


  1. ^ "The Stranglers – Strange Little Girl".
  2. ^ Stanley, Bob (13 September 2013). "Pleasently Antagonistic: New Wave". Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop. Faber & Faber. p. 453. ISBN 978-0-571-28198-5.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 535. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Strange Little Girl on