The New Girl in School

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"The New Girl in School"
Single by Jan and Dean
from the album Dead Man's Curve / The New Girl in School
A-side"Dead Man's Curve"
ReleasedFebruary 7, 1964
FormatVinyl, 7", 45 RPM
GenrePop, Rock
LabelLiberty Records
Songwriter(s)Jan Berry, Roger Christian, Brian Wilson, Bob Norberg
Producer(s)Jan Berry for Screen Gems, Inc.
Jan and Dean singles chronology
"Drag City"
"The New Girl in School"
"The Little Old Lady from Pasadena"

"The New Girl in School" is a song written by Jan Berry, Roger Christian, Brian Wilson, and Bob Norberg for the American rock duet Jan & Dean. It was the B-side of their hit single "Dead Man's Curve". Both songs were released on their album Dead Man's Curve / The New Girl In School. "The New Girl From School" charted at number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]


The song was initially titled "Gonna Hustle You", but Liberty Records made Jan and Dean change the title and lyrics because Liberty Records thought general public would interpret the song as being too raunchy, insinuated by the word "hustle". Jan and Dean then renamed the song to "Get A Chance With You" and changed some of the lyrics, however, the record company still thought the meaning of the song was too suggestive. Jan & Dean retitled the song to "The New Girl in School" and brought in a fourth songwriter, Roger Christian to help rewrite the lyrics.[2]


Release history[edit]

The song was Jan & Dean's best charting B-side.[citation needed] After Jan Berry's near fatal crash near Dead Man's Curve in April 1966, Liberty put out the version "Gonna Hustle You" on Jan and Dean's album Filet of Soul: A "Live" One. In 1973, Dean Torrance released "Gonna Hustle You" as a single, by overdubbing the original lyrics under his band, Legendary Masked Surfers. In 1976, Jan and Dean released "Gonna Hustle You" as a single. In 1996, the version "Get A Chance With You" got an official release on the album, All The Hits From Surf City To Drag City.[3][not in citation given]

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ "Jan & Dean - Chart history". Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  2. ^ William Ruhlmann. "The New Girl in School - Jan & Dean | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  3. ^ "Jan & Dean - Official Jan Berry Website - 1964 - Dead Man's Curve". Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  4. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1995-09-12). "A Man Called Destruction - Alex Chilton | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-03-28.