First released on the band's fifth album, 1975's Face the Music. Released as a single in late-1975, the song became the band's first worldwide hit. According to Lynne this song was the quickest he had ever written, in thirty minutes, originally as 'filler' for the group's Face the Music album. The song placed in the top ten on both sides of the Atlantic in early-1976. The song became a hit again in the UK in 1978 when it featured on The ELO EP. The lyric "There's a hole in my head where the rain comes in" is a tribute to The Beatles' song "Fixing a Hole".
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||23|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||6|
|Irish Singles Chart||10|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||20|
|Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)||21|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||8|
|UK (Official Charts Company)||10|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||10|
|U.S. Cash Box Top 100 Singles||9|
|U.S. Record World Singles||9|
|U.S. Billboard Year-End||70|
|Song by Electric Light Orchestra from the album Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra|
|Released||8 October 2012 (UK)
9 October 2012 (US)
|Recorded||2001–2012 Bungalow Palace|
|Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra track listing|
In 1995, Michael Stipe imitated Jeff Lynne at an R.E.M. concert at Madison Square Garden on their Monster Tour, he wore a frizzy wig and sang "Evil Woman" before the show with Luscious Jackson playing the music.
In 2002, the song was used in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember during the jail scene with Doctor Evil receiving a visit from Mindy Sterling's character Frau Farbissina, the movie's soundtrack album featured a version sung by Diana King.
The band moe. covered the song three times in 2005.
In 2008, singer/songwriter Mike Posner included a remix of the song on his mixtape, "A Matter of Time."
The song was also featured in a 2009 episode of the TV series Community.