When You're a Boy

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When You're a Boy
Susanna Hoffs When Youre A Boy.jpg
Studio album by Susanna Hoffs
Released January 29, 1991
Recorded 1990
Genre Rock
Length 45:07
Label Columbia
Producer David Kahne
Susanna Hoffs chronology
When You're a Boy
Susanna Hoffs
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]

When You're a Boy is the debut solo album by Susanna Hoffs. It begins with the Billboard Top 40 single "My Side of the Bed," includes the track "Unconditional Love" (co-written by Cyndi Lauper), and ends with a cover of "Boys Keep Swinging," the 1979 song written by David Bowie and Brian Eno. The album's title comes from the lyrics to the latter.

The album peaked at No. 83 on the album charts.[2]

Three singles were released from the album: "My Side of the Bed". "Unconditional Love" and "Only Love."

Track listing[edit]

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "My Side of the Bed" Hoffs, Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg 3:29
2. "No Kind of Love" Hoffs, David Kahne, Scott Cutler, Ross Rice 3:05
3. "Wishing On Telstar" Robin Lane, Jimmy Cipolla 4:11
4. "That's Why Girls Cry" David Kahne, Juliana Hatfield, Hoffs 3:59
5. "Unconditional Love" Cyndi Lauper, Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg 3:51
6. "Something New" John Hanes, Cary Sheldon, Hoffs, David Kahne 3:52
7. "So Much for Love" John Hanes, Pearl E. Gates, Peter Dunne, Hilary Hanes 3:33
8. "This Time" Steve Summers 2:36
9. "Only Love" Hoffs, Diane Warren 4:25
10. "It's Lonely Out Here" Hoffs, Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg 3:52
11. "Made of Stone" Jennfer Condos, Hoffs, David Kahne 3:13
12. "Boys Keep Swinging" David Bowie, Brian Eno 4:59

Three B-sides from these sessions. "Circus Girl" "Made of Stone" and "It's Lonely Out Here"



"An album which expands the Bangles' brief into undreamed of territories," opined Jimmy Nicol, in a four-out-of-five star review for Q. "She reveals herself to be a highly inventive composer, lyricist – and even humourist… After all, how many other American pop stars embarking on a solo career would name their album after a late '70s English art-rock 45?"[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Peak position
1991 Billboard 200 83 [2]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Billboard.com Susanna Hoffs album chart. Accessed: November 24, 2006
  3. ^ Discogs - Zachary Alford - (profile & discography)
  4. ^ Q, April 1991