Strange Little Girl
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|"Strange Little Girl"|
|Single by The Stranglers|
|from the album The Collection 1977-1982|
|Released||24 July 1982 (UK)|
|Songwriter(s)||Dave Greenfield, Hans Wärmling, Hugh Cornwell, J.J. Burnel, Jet Black|
|Producer(s)||The Stranglers, Steve Churchyard|
|The Stranglers singles chronology|
|"Strange Little Girl"|
|Single by Tori Amos|
|from the album Strange Little Girls|
|B-side||"After All" "Only Women Bleed"|
|Released||9 October 2001|
|Tori Amos singles chronology|
"Strange Little Girl" by the Stranglers was 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
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.
- Side A – Strange Little Girl – 2:40
- Side B – Cruel Garden – 2:17
Tori Amos version
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.
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".
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.