You Showed Me

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"You Showed Me"
Single by The Turtles
from the album The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands
B-side"Buzz Saw"
ReleasedDecember 1968
GenrePsychedelic pop[1]
LabelWhite Whale
Songwriter(s)Jim McGuinn, Gene Clark
Producer(s)Chip Douglas
The Turtles singles chronology
"You Showed Me"
"House on the Hill"
"You Showed Me"
Song by The Byrds
from the album Preflyte
ReleasedJuly 29, 1969
Recorded1964, World Pacific Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Songwriter(s)Jim McGuinn, Gene Clark
Producer(s)Jim Dickson

"You Showed Me" is a song written by Jim McGuinn (later known as Roger) and Gene Clark of the Byrds in 1964.[2] It was recorded by the Turtles and released as a single at the end of 1968, becoming the group's last big hit in the U.S.[3] The song has also been covered by a number of other bands and artists over the years, including the Lightning Seeds, Salt-n-Pepa, and Lutricia McNeal.[4]

The Byrds version[edit]

The song was composed by McGuinn and Clark in early 1964 at a time when the pair were performing as a duo at The Troubadour and other folk clubs in and around Los Angeles.[2][5] Critic Matthew Greenwald has described "You Showed Me" as "a minor-key romantic ballad", while also commenting that "the song has a near-Beach Boys feel and ends up being an effervescent piece of moody pop."[6] Music historian Richie Unterberger has remarked that "You Showed Me", like many of the songs that Clark had a hand in writing during the 1960s, contains a mix of major and minor chords arranged in unexpected progressions.[3] He also stated that the song recounts the tale of a lover who is being tutored in the ways of love by a more experienced partner.[3]

Soon after writing "You Showed Me", McGuinn and Clark formed a trio with David Crosby and named themselves the Jet Set.[5] The trio began rehearsing at World Pacific Studios under the guidance of their manager Jim Dickson, with Michael Clarke and Chris Hillman joining the group soon afterward.[7] Dickson recorded many of the Jet Set's rehearsal sessions at World Pacific and it was during this time that demos of "You Showed Me" were recorded by the band.[2][8] The song was soon abandoned by the group, who had now changed their name to the Byrds, and was not included on their debut album, Mr. Tambourine Man.[9][10] However, recordings of "You Showed Me" by the Byrds, dating from 1964, were released on the archival albums Preflyte, In the Beginning, The Prefylte Sessions, and Preflyte Plus.[2][11]

The Turtles version[edit]

In 1968, the song was recorded by the Turtles as part of their album The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands.[12] It was also released as a single in 1968, reaching number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.[13]

"You Showed Me" had been introduced to the Turtles by their producer and former bass player, Chip Douglas, who had first become acquainted with the song after hearing Clark, McGuinn, and Crosby perform it at The Troubadour in 1964.[14] Douglas had also performed the song with Clark during 1966, while he was a member of Gene Clark and the Group.[3] Although the song had originally been an uptempo number, Douglas first demonstrated it for the Turtles' vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman on a harmonium with a broken bellows, requiring him to play the song slowly.[15] The slower tempo impressed Kaylan and Volman and consequently, the Turtles' recording of the song uses this slower arrangement.

Chart performance[edit]

Salt-n-Pepa version[edit]

"You Showed Me"
You Showed Me by Salt n Pepa.jpg
Single by Salt-n-Pepa
from the album Blacks' Magic
B-side"Let's Talk About Sex" Remix
ReleasedNovember 1991
Format7" single, CD single, CD maxi, audio cassette
GenreHip hop
LabelNext Plateau
Songwriter(s)Jim McGuinn, Gene Clark
Producer(s)The Invincibles, Excalibar
Salt-n-Pepa singles chronology
"Let's Talk About Sex"
"You Showed Me"
"Expression (Hard Ecu Edit)"

Salt-n-Pepa covered the song on their 1990 album, Blacks' Magic. It was released as the fifth and final single from that album. The track reached #15 in the UK charts when it was released as a single in 1991.[20][21]

Track listing[edit]

  1. You Showed Me (The Born Again Mix) - 3:25
  2. You Showed Me (The Born Again Club Mix) - 5:41
  3. Let's Talk About Sex (Universal Club) - 7:16

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1991–92) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[22] 24
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[23] 13
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[24] 7
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[25] 8
France (SNEP)[26] 17
Germany (Official German Charts)[27] 13
Ireland (IRMA)[28] 7
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[29] 5
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[30] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[31] 12
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[32] 18
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[33] 15
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[34] 15
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[35] 47
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[35] 68

The Lightning Seeds version[edit]

"You Showed Me"
The Lightning Seeds-You Showed Me.jpg
Single by The Lightning Seeds
FormatCD single
The Lightning Seeds singles chronology
"What If..."
"You Showed Me"
"Sugar Coated Iceberg"
Music video
"You Showed Me" on YouTube

In 1996, the song was covered in a trip hop style[36] by the Lightning Seeds and was released as a single. It reached No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart[37] and No. 4 in Iceland. The Lightning Seeds' version was also included on the Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery soundtrack.[36]

Critical reception[edit]

Dave Sholin from the Gavin Report wrote, "One of the Turtles' biggest hits comes out of its shell to be artfully re-invented by the Lightning Seeds. A gigantic hit in 1969, it plays well in Mike Myers' newest comedy, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. The film, like the song, doesn't disappoint."[38]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "You Showed Me" was directed by Pedro Romhanyi.[39]

Track listing[edit]

CD single, UK (1997)
1."You Showed Me" (Radio Edit)3:32
2."You Showed Me" (Tee's Alternative Mix)3:29
3."You Showed Me" (Tee's Club Mix)7:29
4."You Showed Me" (Tee's Freeze Mix)7:24
5."You Showed Me" (TNT's Frozen Dub)7:46
6."You Showed Me" (Bonus Beats)4:06
7."You Showed Me" (Tee's Radio)3:26


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1996-1997) Peak
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[40] 42
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[41] 4
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[42] 13
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 8

Sampling and controversy[edit]

The Turtles version also features a gently rising and falling string section, which was sampled by U2 in 1997 for their song "The Playboy Mansion" on their album Pop.[15]

The American hip hop group De La Soul also sampled the Turtles' recording of "You Showed Me" for their song "Transmitting Live From Mars (Interlude)" on their 1989 album, 3 Feet High and Rising, but did not ask permission or clear the sample. The Turtles took litigation against the group, suing them for $1.7 million. An out-of-court settlement was reached for an undisclosed sum. It is said to be the first time that a hip hop act was ever sued for unethical use of another artist's music.[3]

Other cover versions[edit]

The song has also been covered by Lutricia McNeal on her 2002 album, Metroplex.[43] In addition, Kanye West based his song Gorgeous, from his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, on elements derived from "You Showed Me".[44] In 2011, the alternative country duo the Watson Twins offered a free download of their cover of "You Showed Me" on their website.[45]


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