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Song Name: Girl U Want

Artist: DEVO

Appears On:

Live in Central Park, Live at the Observatory, Santa Ana, CA (live versions)

Run Time: 2:55 (album version)

Year Written: 1979

Year Released: 1980 (album version)

Years Performed: 1979-present [1]

Writing Credits: Mark Mothersbaugh/Gerald V. Casale

Sung By: Mark Mothersbaugh

Alternate Versions: E-Z Listening Version, Girl U Want 1995/Tank Girl U Want, Boy U Want/Devo 2.0 Version

Demo Versions: Girl U Want (demo alternate version), Freedom of Choice Home Version Demo

Song Connections: None

Trivia / Info:Edit

  • Partly inspired by The Knack's "My Sharona" according to a music critic.
  • "Girl U Want" was the lead single for Freedom of Choice, and DEVO's third album was originally to be called "The Girl You Want".
  • First performed live on 29 December 1979.
  • WB released one "Girl U Want" single - the hard to find b/w "Mr. B's Ballroom." Virgin released the single overseas b/w "Turnaround," the spelling is "corrected" to "Girl You Want." WB released a promo single in the US.
  • The E-Z Listening Version was so popular DEVO performed it on the 1982 tour with the full lyrics. [2]
  • A rerecorded version appeared on the soundtrack for the film Tank Girl in 1995, becoming the first new DEVO recording since 1990. The movie version added a vocal track by Jula Bell. [3]
  • Mark does not fully voice the lyric "love" in the album version, leaving the word open for interpretation.
Mark uses the word "lust" in the versions on Recombo DNA and on the Tank Girl soundtrack.

Onstage Behavior:

  • Mark sometimes sings "undefined lust" instead of "undefined love" and "greenest tree" instead of "greenhouse tree."

Lyrics:

You're in a corner everywhere you turn
You know you're headed for the "planet of burn"
But the words get stuck on the tip of your tongue
She's the real thing but you knew it all along
She's just the girl, she's just girl
The girl u want
She sings from somewhere you can't see
She sits in the top of a greenhouse tree
She sends out an aroma of undefined love
It drifts on down in a mist from above
She's just the girl, she's just the girl
The girl u want
Look at you with your mouth watering
Look at you with your mind spinning
Why don't you just admit it's all over
She's just the girl u want
She's just the girl, she's just the girl
The girl u want
She's just the girl, she's just the girl
The girl u want
You're in a corner everywhere you turn
You know you're headed for the planet of burn
But the words get stuck on the tip of your tongue
She's the real thing but you knew it all along
She's just the girl, she's just the girl
The girl u want
She's just the girl, she's just the girl
She's just the girl, she's just the girl
The girl u want

Video:Edit

Appears on We're All DEVO!, The Complete Truth About De-Evolution
"Girl U Want - Video"   Devo - MySpace
Girl

The "Girl U Want" video title card

Live Video: "Girl U Want" appears on DEVO Live 1980, DEVO Live, Live In The Land Of The Rising Sun and Live at the Observatory, Santa Ana, CA

References

  1. DEVO Live Guide. Website keyword search for "girl u want".
  2. YouTube. "Girl U Want (1982-10-30)" 3-DEVO. "A CEN Satellite Presentation."
  3. YouTube. Jula Bell comments for "Tank Girl Opening Credits".
  4. People Magazine, Vol. 24, No. 2. July 08, 1985. "While She May Not Be Perfect, Laraine Newman Braces Herself for Another Shot at Stardom." By Michelle Green.

External Links:

"Girl U Want" -- Rock Band Wiki
"Girl U Want" -- Wikipedia


DEVO
Mark Mothersbaugh | Gerry Casale | Bob Mothersbaugh
Bob Lewis | Bob Casale | Jim Mothersbaugh | Alan Myers
David Kendrick | Josh Freese & Jeff Friedl | Josh Hager
Record Labels / Publishers
Booji Boy Records | Warner Brothers | Enigma | Devo, Inc. 
Stiff | Virgin | Rykodisk | Infinite Zero | Restless | Discovery | Rhino 
MVD Audio | The Orchard | Superior Viaduct | Futurismo
Production
Brian Eno | Ken Scott | Robert Margouleff | Roy Thomas Baker | DEVO 
The Teddybears | Greg Kurstin | Santi White | John King | John Hill | Mark Nishita 
Official Studio Albums
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978) | Duty Now For The Future (1979) | Freedom of Choice (1980) | New Traditionalists (1981) | oh, no! it's DEVO (1982) | Shout (1984) | Total DEVO (1988) | SmoothNoodleMaps (1990) | Something for Everybody   (2010)
Other Albums
Be Stiff EP (1977) | E-Z Listening Disc (1987) | Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace (1989) | Hardcore DEVO Vol. 1 74-77 (1990) | Hardcore DEVO Vol. 2 1974-1977 (1991) | DEVO Live: The Mongoloid Years (1992) | DEV-O Live (1999) | Recombo DNA (2000) | Live In Central Park (2004) | DEVO Live 1980 (2005) | New Traditionalists: Live 1981 Seattle (2012) | Something ELSE for Everybody  (2013) | Miracle Witness Hour  (2014) | Live at Max's Kansas City - November 15, 1977  (2014) | Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig  (2014) | Hardcore DEVO Live!  (2015)
Filmography
The Men Who Make The Music (1981) | Human Highway (1982) | We're All DEVO (1984) | The Complete Truth About De-Evolution (1993) | DEVO Live (2004) | DEVO Live In The Land Of The Rising Sun (2004) | DEVO Live 1980 (2005) | Hardcore DEVO Live!  (2015)
Related Articles
History | Bootlegs | Booji Boy | Devolution | Influence | The Wipeouters | Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers | Devo 2.0 | Akron, Ohio | Music Videos | Versions | Outfits

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