She Said

Album: The Defamation of Strickland Banks (2010)
Charted: 3
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Songfacts®:

  • This finger-snapping tune is the second single from The Defamation of Strickland Banks, the sophomore album from British singer/songwriter and rapper Ben Drew, who records under the name of Plan B.
  • The Defamation of Strickland Banks is a concept album about a soul singer who gets sent to jail for a crime that he didn't commit. The record chronicles his journey from stage star to inmate and his subsequent fight for survival in jail. The first single from the disc, "Stay Too Long," was Drew's debut UK Top 10 single and this song acts not only as it's follow-up but also continues its storyline. He explained to Contactmusic.com: "The video for 'She Said' is a continuation from the last video and so is the song. The songs are episodic, we have a video called Writings On The Wall, which is the intro to the saga, if you go on YouTube you can see it. It is Strickland performing his single live at the Caf' De Paris and it ends with him coming off stage. Then 'Stay Too Long' starts with him going backstage, going out with his entourage, getting drunk, getting in a fight and meeting a girl and bringing her back to the hotel. Then 'She Said' starts with him back in the hotel and then suddenly he's in court and she's accusing of something he hasn't done."
  • The music video was directed by Daniel Wolfe and shows the soul singer Strickland Banks (played by Plan B) in court. The clip also stars actress Vicky McClure (before finding fame in Line of Duty) as Strickland Banks' girlfriend, and Wuthering Heights actress Kaya Scodelario as the female lead. Scodelario also shows up in Plan B's previous video for "Stay Too Long."

    Scodelario was first introduced to Plan B's music by the rapper's friend, the actor Jack O'Connell. When Scodelario and Plan B met, they got on so well he cast her in the videos.
  • This won the UK Single Of The Year prize at the 2011 Music Producers' Guild's awards ceremony.
  • This won the Most Performed song award at the 2011 Ivor Novellos. Speaking to the BBC, Drew said that he had never expected the tune to be successful, saying: "I thought it was a good song. I thought it was a cool song. But the more I heard it, the more I disliked it".

    Plan B won two other categories at the same ceremony, Best Songwriter and Best Album for The Defamation of Strickland Banks. Accepting the award, Drew said he had written the record "to get through to the underclass that society doesn't want to talk about."

    He continued: "One day I got a letter from a kid who told me my record helped him get through his time in prison and he wanted to be a better person. It was at that moment that I realised what I set out to achieve."
  • The song has become an audition favorite on music talent shows such as X Factor. Drew commented to Q magazine: "When I wrote it, I thought of it as a cool album track, but the more I heard it the more I thought, You c---! You made a complete pop song! I'm proud of it because the song changed my life, but I do kind of hate it in a way too!"

Comments: 2

  • Damo Doran from Tipperary, IrelandBen Drew, ur a genius pal
  • Zabadak from London, EnglandThis is such a great song! Definitely the best thing I've heard this year!
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