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Options September 11, 2020: Sheila B. - Nobody Knows What's Goin' On In My Mind (But Me)

Nobody Knows What's Goin' On In My Mind (But Me)

In 1965, girl group The Chiffons released an unexpectedly experimental pop single called “Nobody Knows What's Goin' On In My Mind (But Me),” written by New York songwriter Brute Force. Destined for chart failure, the mind-boggling single was uncharted territory for a mainstream girl group with top ten hits under their belt. Dawn’s “I’m Afraid They’re All Talking About Me” from 1967 and Connie Steven’s “In My Room” from 1966 are similarly unconventional—turning traditional pop on its head with lyrics and music that evoke feelings of mania, disorientation, isolation, and paranoia. This is the sound of women in their heads, in isolation, separate from the world—excitedly viewed by the outside as a little bit nuts, or having lost one’s mind (oh how we love the crazy woman archetype!), but having finally found clarity, sanity, and time to tend to herself.

Sheila Burgel is a New York-based record collector, DJ, and music journalist. She has produced and written the liner notes for several compilations including Rhino Records’ Grammy nominated One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found box set and Ace Records/ Big Beat’s ’60s Japanese girl-pop compilation series, Nippon Girls. She founded girl-pop web magazine, chachacharming.com, DJs her record collection all over the world, and currently hosts radio show “Sophisticated Boom Boom” every Friday from 3pm-6pm EST on WFMU. 

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Artist Track Year Comments
Kiyoko Itoh: Poetry  The Lonely Heart   Options 2002  From Japan, 1970 
LaRhonda LeGette  Now You Sit Alone   Options 2019  From the 1970s 
Hani Niroo  Saghi   Options   From Iran 
Connie Stevens  In My Room   Options 1966   
U.S. Girls  The Color of Your Childhood Bedroom   Options 2020   
White Poppy  These Walls   Options 2017  From Canada 
White Poppy  These Walls   Options 2017  From Canada 
Victoire Scott  4éme Dimension   Options 1968  From France 
Pridjevi  Ako Je   Options 2014  From Croatia 
Faye Wong  Flower Of Paradise   Options 2000  From China 
 
The Chiffons  Nobody Knows What's Goin' On In My Mind (But Me)   Options 1965   
Shena RIngo  Yatsuke Shigoto   Options 2003  From Japan 
Lily Allen  Lost My Mind   Options 2018   
Ely Guerra  Harmonic   Options 2019  From Mexico 
The Supremes  It's Time To Break Down   Options 1970   
Dawn  I'm Afraid They're All Talking About Me   Options 1967   
Eartheater  Ecdysisyphus   Options 2015   
Juliette Armanet  Cavalier Seule   Options 2016  From France 
Lady & Bird  La Ballade Of Lady & Bird   Options 2003   


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