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Evil Woman

by

Electric Light Orchestra



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This song was recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany some time in early to mid 1975. Jeff Lynne wrote the song on a piano in the studio on the last days of recording, writing it very quickly. The band's recording for all of the other songs for the Face The Music album had been completed when Jeff needed another song. One morning, while the rest of the band was out, he sat at the piano and played the opening piano riff, which became the basis of the song. Later that same day, the rest of the band came in and recorded the backing track. The lyrics were written and recorded the next day at Musicland. The string and female choir parts were recorded (and possibly written) later at De Lane Lea Studios in Wembley, U.K. (thanks, Ethan - Franklin, TN)
During the instrumental break in the song, when the synthesizer plays, right before the chorus starts up the second time, if you play it backwards, you can actually hear the synthesizer sound that plays in another song by the Electric Light Orchestra: "Nightrider." (thanks, Logan - Troy, MT)
The line "There's a hole in my head where the rain comes in," was inspired by the Beatles song, "Fixing a Hole."
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Comments (18):

On June 25th 1976, the Electric Light Orchestra performed "Evil Woman" on the NBC-TV program 'The Midnight Special'...
Eight months earlier on November 9th, 1975 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #87; and on February 8th, 1976 it peaked at #10 (for 2 weeks) and spent 17 weeks on the Top 100...
It reached #2 in France...
Between 1973 and 1986 the group had twenty-five Top 100 records; seven made the Top 10 with "Don't Bring Me Down" being their biggest hit, it peaked at #4 (for 2 weeks) on September 2nd, 1979.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
I guess you made a mistake writing about the composers: there is a song with this title and these composers, but it's another song from the band Little Free Rock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_vlGNVuSFs.
- Ryman, Tarragona, Andorra
I agree with BRATT in Algeria about everything except his dismissal of the Bee Gees. It would be wise to revisit the entirety of the band's five decade career and also to listen more closely to their pre-Saturday Night Fever 70s recordings like Jive Talking and Nights On Broadway. These guys were GOOD at what they did. Revisit also the lyrics to Staying Alive to relieve yourself of any doubts that they were also literate.
- Matt, Phoenix, AZ
ELO just like ABBA was very hard criticized during their heydays for making the turn to disco ,they were supposedly pop-rock acts ,studio wizard making the best pop music ever and suddenly in the late eighties they both were forgotten in the media to the joy of rock critics but Abba enjoyed a great revival during the nineties (since 1992) due to a faithful army of fans (I'm one of them !) and the success of Mamma mia ! of course .
but it seems that ELO hasn't fulfill that yet ,the recognition they deserve and the success of true revival,personally i think that Abba was such an anti-conformist music act that this lead to that ,on the other hand even though ELO had its own touch ,they were one of the British Us rock acts ,so they didn't get a special place in the mess (some people dare to compare Abba with boney M and bee gees which is stupid !) and ELO with some seventies prog rock bands ???
i think that ABBA ,ELO and ALAN PARSON PROJECTS are the three all time great bands musically and technically (sound-engineering ) not surpassed since their demise ,there is TOTO in the eighties and nineties who brought such perfection but the three (abba elo and parson) are undethronable!
- BRATT PID, algiers, Algeria
Evil woman made Number 790 in "The Definitive 1000 Songs Of All Time" http://crowbarred.blogspot.com/2006/10/number-970-elo.html
- David, Shepparton, Australia
ELO has been one my top all time favorite bands, both musically and lyrically. Speaking of lyrics, its always been a pet peeve of mine when people cluelessly sing them "wrong." I know, I shouldn't really care if they're enjoying themselves, right? Anyways when my kids we little, we were all driving along in the car and this came on the radio...my wife got them both along with herself, to sing "Medieval Woman" along with this song. She LOVES yanking my chain! Now, many years later, its just a great joke I recall every time I hear it!
- Mike, Portage, MI
Look at my comment on 'Can't get it out of my head'. Another plausible Beatles-sounding record.
- Howard, Wakefield, United Kingdom
This song was in the movie "Donnie Brasco"
- patrice, beverly hills, CA
A great song from a great band!!!
- Fernando, Queens, NY
ELO is such an awesome band!! The sad thing is most people in my age group (college) have never even heard of them. All they listen to is either that rap crap or emo garbage!
- cynthia, scranton, PA
This song rocks. Hilarous, Scott...your comment made me choke on my soda!
- Pillow, Milwaukee, WI
Great song, very good lyrics, makes you relate to it.. Such a nice sound, you don't hear that sound much ya know?
- Anthony, Cape May, NJ
I used to work at a grocery store, and it seemed that every time this one woman worked with us, this song would play! We would sing it behind her back and everything, it fit so well!
- Paul, Salem, NH
I wanna know who the evil woman is!! It's too old to be about Hillary Clinton.
- Scott, Kings Park, NY
The beginning is the best. Beastly Piano.
Max I totally agree with you. THIS SONG ROCKS!!!!
i love the guitar!!
- Allie, Pine Knob, MI
love, love, love this song!
- Joe, Bellingham, WA
I know! Probably the best ELO song, rivaled only by Mr. Blue Sky (in my opinion, of course).
- Nick, Murrieta, CA
No one else writes anything??!! Tards!! this song is beastly! guitar is cool in it.
- Max, Laconia, NH
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