My Boyfriend's Back (2:13)

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“My Boyfriend’s Back” was a hit song in 1963 for The Angels, an American girl group. It was written by the songwriting team of Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer, who later invented themselves as The Strangeloves. The recording was originally intended as a demo for The Shirelles, but ended up being released as recorded. The result was a single that spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number two on the R&B Billboard.

The song is a word of warning to a would-be suitor who, after the narrator of the song rebuffed his advances, went on to spread nasty rumours accusing the narrator’s of romantic indiscretions. Now, the narrator declares, her boyfriend is back and ready to settle the score, and she tells the rebuffed would-be suitor to watch his back.

“My Boyfriend’s Back” has been the subject of several notable cover versions.

Rival girl groups The Chiffons and Martha and the Vandellas recorded covers shortly after The Angels’ original release. Nearly twenty years later, Melissa Manchester released a faithful cover version as a single in 1983 which became a minor Adult Contemporary hit. More than twenty years after that, the song was also covered by former American Idol contestant Paris Bennett on her 2007 album “Princess P.”

The song has also been covered in punk rock-influenced recordings by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Raveonettes, Bracket, and Australian female punk trio The Spazzys.

Bette Bright and the Illuminations released a cover version in 1978 as their single debut.


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He went away and you hung around
And bothered me every night
And when I wouldn't go out with you
You said things that weren't very nice

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    Just found this on my Girl Group Explosion compilation......just didn't get around to playing it yet !

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  • Upperhandedx

    me thinks her "boyfriend" takes two 9 volt batteries.

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • xtcmac

    where's the vocals i get so pissed off with last fm sometimes

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • mondojohnny

    I'm sorry to tell you this but... you're boyfriend was the leader of the pack...

    17 Oct 2012 Reply
  • cityofchampyinz

    I think this is the wrong Angels! It is playing on my Hoodoo Gurus station!

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • ImAnOldiesFan2

    Good song, and good memories!

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • rickenbackeriff

    Not heard this for some years

    22 May 2012 Reply
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    Love this so much

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
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    13 Nov 2011 Reply
  • BreezinAlong

    Back? Back from where? the grocery store?

    7 Sep 2011 Reply
  • squiggins

    from The Ultimate Rerecordings Collection

    10 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Ryncewynd

    Ok it isn't the Aussie band with DocNeeson but still a great song..

    15 Feb 2011 Reply
  • tonystuff

    man....i kick your boyfriend

    31 Oct 2010 Reply
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    clap clap ... clap clap

    28 Oct 2010 Reply
  • SignGuy

    Another jukebox classic gets the lame re-recorded treatment.

    2 Jun 2010 Reply
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    Always thought this was as awesome as it is terrifying.

    20 May 2010 Reply
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    retarded text, but so much fun!

    15 May 2010 Reply
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