If She Knew What She Wants :: The Bangles

A song written by Jules Shear, If She Knew What She Wants was originally released on his 1985 album The Eternal Return. His version was originally written in the first person, meant to be essentially a love song. The Bangles later covered the song for their 1986 album, Different Light, rewriting the lyrics into the third person, rather than changing the subject’s gender.

If She Knew What She Wants was the second Jules Shear song in quick succession to come to the public’s attention, following Cyndi Lauper’s hit cover of his All Through The Night (on her She’s So Unusual album).

The Bangles cover version of the song charted at # 29 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at # 31 on the UK Singles Chart, in 1986.

Two different music videos were created for the song, one that was commonly shown in North America and the other that was commonly shown in Europe. The “American version” (see above) was directed by Tamar Simon Hoffs, the mother of Bangles guitarist/vocalist Susanna Hoffs, who sings lead in this song.

I do hope they play this one when I see them live at the Troubadour, in November.





2 thoughts on “She’s got so many ideas traveling around in her head she doesn’t need nothing from mine :: VOTD

  1. Thanks 🙂 I am seeing them in November at a small venue, which I’m excited about. I saw them a few times in the 80’s at much bigger, outdoor venues.

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