Help me figure out this song
September 4, 2008 1:49 AM   Subscribe

Song Figuring Out Filter: a classicrock-ish song about some girl being evil. What's the one I'm thinking of?

I want to figure out a song I heard several months ago and I only have a couple vague clues to help *you* help me figure it out. I don't have the tune either, sorry.

1. There is a male voice singing (exclusively, no other voices... not even background vocals I don't think, but who knows). I seem to have the impression that it was an older guy. Not some young kid or anything. I remember thinking that the guy singing sounded like he would look like The Dude (Big Lebowski). Not that that is at all helpful.

2. The song was about a woman being evil or of the devil, wicked, something like that.

3 It had sort of a classic rock feel to it. I want to say it reminded me of maybe ZZ Top and Canned Heat? It wasn't them though. Just had that vibe.

4. Here is a list of songs I've run into while trying to find it. These are not it obviously.

Cliff Richard - Devil Woman
Skip James - Devil Got My Woman
Cradle Of Filth - Devil Woman
Marty Robbins-Devil Woman
The Doors - Woman is a Devil
E.L.O - Evil Woman
Eagles - Witchy Woman
Ringo Starr - Devil Woman

I haven't listened to, but I'm pretty sure it's also not, the Poison, or Hanoi Rocks, renditions of Devil Woman either. Lots of songs titled that huh?

It's been bugging me for such a long time! Hope somebody can help!
posted by GrubbyUtter to Media & Arts (26 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Just to get this out of the way, it wasn't Black Magic Woman (done by Santana and Fleetwood Mac respectively), was it?
posted by needs more cowbell at 2:08 AM on September 4, 2008

"Lady Evil" by the Dio version of Black Sabbath?
posted by darksong at 2:12 AM on September 4, 2008

I know the vibe you mean... Give this a try- Fortune Teller- Robert Plant from the 'Raising Sands' album he did with Alison Krauss? Takes a minute to get started, male vocal only.
posted by Joe Rocket at 2:16 AM on September 4, 2008

Devil Woman - Ringo Starr?
Woman is a Devil - The Doors?
posted by zaebiz at 2:19 AM on September 4, 2008

Lucretia Mac Evil by Blood, Sweat & Tears?
posted by ahimsa at 3:01 AM on September 4, 2008

sugarloaf - green eyed lady?
posted by sandking at 4:42 AM on September 4, 2008

She's the Devil by The Pursuit of Happiness?
posted by Johnny Assay at 4:45 AM on September 4, 2008

"Evil Ways" by Santana?
posted by drinkcoffee at 5:18 AM on September 4, 2008

"She's Not There" by the Zombies? The singer has some high Canned Heat-ish parts. It's a song about a woman in a negative light. She is not mentioned as the devil or anything, but throwing it out there in case you were getting wires crossed with the band name itself.
posted by mikepop at 5:44 AM on September 4, 2008

Pyschotic Girl by the Black Keys? Sounds pretty classic-rockish and only has male vocals, even though it's recent.
posted by Dr.Enormous at 5:50 AM on September 4, 2008

Living in Sin by The Broken Family Band? The chorus is:

"You're a devil woman, your heart is black but your body drives me crazy
You're a sick satanic woman, full of hate and I just love that."

Bit more (UK alt-)country style than classic rock. Funny too.
posted by grahamspankee at 5:53 AM on September 4, 2008

It's Spooky!
posted by grateful at 6:19 AM on September 4, 2008

Jerry: "Oh, you mean, Witch-ay Woman."

Just a guess.
posted by explosion at 6:22 AM on September 4, 2008

I wondered if it was "Spooky", too.
posted by Coatlicue at 7:12 AM on September 4, 2008

She Ain't Pretty - Northern Pikes ?
posted by utsutsu at 7:16 AM on September 4, 2008

All my money's with ahimsa on BS&T's Lucretia MacEvil.
posted by aswego at 7:28 AM on September 4, 2008

Mod note: Folks, please read the more-inside point 4, "definitely not these songs", before answering.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:44 AM on September 4, 2008

"Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games With Me)" by the original Black Sabbath?
posted by barjo at 7:45 AM on September 4, 2008

American Woman?
posted by perpetualstroll at 7:48 AM on September 4, 2008

is it Christine's Tune (Devil in Disguise)- Flying Burrito Brothers?
posted by kuujjuarapik at 8:38 AM on September 4, 2008

Response by poster: Y'all are awesome! I'm listening through these right now. I'll post again in a minute...
posted by GrubbyUtter at 11:01 AM on September 4, 2008

Response by poster: Thanks for the suggestions... here are the ones I've been able to listen to that also are not it (can I not post these in the original question?) Don't have time to listen to the rest of these yet! Sorry!

Krauss and Plant - Fortune Teller
Black Sabbath / Dio - Lady Evil
Blood Sweat & Tears - Lucretia Mac Evil
Sugarloaf - Green Eyed Lady
The Pursuit of Happiness - She's The Devil
Santana- Evil Ways
The Zombies - She's Not There
posted by GrubbyUtter at 11:32 AM on September 4, 2008

Black Magic Woman by Santana? Greg Rolie has a kind of "The Dude abides" vibe.
posted by S'Tella Fabula at 12:47 PM on September 4, 2008

Where did you hear it? Do you know whether it could have been newer and just has a classic rock sound, or do you know if it was actually an older song? Was "evil" or "devil" actually a lyric, or were they implied?

This is a stretch, but could it have been Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress by the Hollies? Chorus starts at about 1:20. It doesn't really fit the evil part, more like temptress, but all your other points made me think maybe.
posted by peep at 4:07 PM on September 4, 2008

Evil Woman by Yesterday's Children?
Evil by UFO?
Evil by Howlin' Wolf?
posted by medeine at 6:02 PM on September 4, 2008

Neil Sedaka - Bad Blood?
posted by narrativium at 9:33 PM on September 4, 2008

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