You Should Hear How She Talks About You

Album: Hey Ricky (1982)
Charted: 5

Songfacts®:

  • Dean Pitchford and Tom Snow wrote this song as a modern take on "She Loves You" by The Beatles - the idea of hearing about someone's affections from another person. Snow and Pitchford were always swapping song ideas, and this song gelled when Snow came up with the vamp. Pitchford told Songfacts: "If you listen to the bass line and the motif of that song. He played it for me and when he got to the chorus and the (singing) 'dun dun da da da da da da' I had this idea: this might be the song where we write our modern day 'She Loves You.' I said, this could be the 'You should hear.' But the first thing that I gave him was 'You should hear the way she talks about you,' and it was a little awkward, it tripped over itself. He took it and he jagged it up, with the (staccato), 'You. Should. Hear. How. She. Talks. About. You.' With all those catch-rhythms. That was another case where we planted that title on the first line. Then I took away the rest of the melody and wrote the rest from there."

    Pitchford and Snow teamed up again to write the #1 hit "Let's Hear It For The Boy" for Pitchford's movie Footloose.
  • This was first recorded in 1981 by Charlie Dore, a British female singer who had a US #10 hit in 1980 with "Pilot Of The Airwaves." Her version didn't catch on, but when Manchester recorded it a year later, it became a big hit and won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
  • Melissa Manchester was a top female vocalist of the late '70s and early '80s. She was mostly known for ballads like "Midnight Blue" (#6, 1975) and "Don't Cry Out Loud" (#10, 1979), but had her biggest hit with this uptempo song, which was the last of her seven Top 10 hits in the US, and also her biggest. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA

Comments: 3

  • Dawn from Palmerston North, New Zealand1980's roll in again. Even after all these years, I can still remember the words. Shows you how old I am.
    Dawn, NZ
  • Paul from Detroit, MiThis song has a huge hook, that you can't resist. I loved it. I have satellite radio, and they ignore so many great songs from the 70's and 80's. I have not heard this one since it was popular.
  • Jeff from Boston, MaI hadn't thought at all about this song in probably 25 years until I stumbled across a reference to it recently. It seems forgettable now, but in its day it was very danceable and played *constantly* on the radio. It was part of a wave of songs at that time that focused on a female character who was a little crazy or a little dangerous (Laura Branigan's "Gloria", Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes", Hall and Oates' "Maneater".)

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