"Evil Woman" is a song written by lead vocalist Jeff Lynne and recorded by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

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".


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Chart positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1975-1976) Peak


Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 23
Canadian RPM Top Singles[2] 6
France (SNEP) 2
Irish Singles Chart[3] 10
Italy (FIMI)[4] 29
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[5] 20
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[6] 21
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 8
UK (Official Charts Company)[8] 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 10
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 Singles 9
U.S. Record World Singles[10] 9
U.S. Billboard Year-End 70

Jeff Lynne version[edit]Edit

"Evil Woman"
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
Length 4:30
Label Frontiers
Writer Jeff Lynne
Producer Jeff Lynne
Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra track listing

Jeff Lynne re-recorded the song in his own home studio. It was released in a compilation album with other re-recorded ELO songs, under the ELO name.[11]

Other uses[edit]Edit

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.

In 2006, a part of the song was sampled in the Pussycat Dolls single "Beep".

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 is being performed as part of the 2007 Broadway musical Xanadu.

The 1987 TV special DTV Monster Hits! also featured a short music video of the song, set to clips of all the female villains featured in Disney cartoons up to that point.

The song was also featured in a 2009 episode of the TV series Community.

The song appeared in the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV on the fictional radio station Liberty Rock Radio 97.8

A cover version of the song was performed by Oh Mercy on Triple J's Like a Version segment in April 2011.

The song appeared in a TV commercial for Hyundai that aired during Fox's coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014.

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