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She Sheila – The Producers

the-producers-you-make-the-heatI first saw this video on MTV back in the earliest days of the station when they had a limited number of videos in rotation. In fact, back in the early 80s, it was common to see a video mix of Adam and the Ants followed by Rush followed by The Producers followed by April Wine followed by Hall and Oates. MTV was a much different animal back then.

“She Sheila” by The Producers soon became my favorite obscure song. I couldn’t find the record in local stores. MTV soon replaced it with other more popular videos (Duran Duran, Cyndi Lauper, etc.). No radio stations played “She Sheila” either. So I searched in vain for years until I completely forgot about the song.

Finally, in early 1990, I stumbled upon a record titled You Make the Heat by The Producers in a used record store. I turned it over and there it was: track 2 on side 1. “She Sheila” was finally mine.

The record was in mint condition. As far as I can tell, the previous owner never played it.

But I did as soon as I returned home and dropped it on my turntable. “She Sheila” was every bit as great as I remembered it. I love the middle section with the drum solo. Powerful power pop at its best.

I tried to get my first cover band, Probable Cause, to play “She Sheila.” Frankly, it was too complex and musical for our skills. So we gave up and stayed with our bread and butter songs: “Sedated” by Ramones, “Blister in the Sun” by Violent Femmes and “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC.

So here is “She Sheila” from You Make the Heat by The Producers. You still can’t find the song anywhere. The LP is out of print. The CD is out of print. But Amazon may have the album if you’re willing to pony up the cash

Thanks to YouTube you can watch the video.

Watch “She Sheila” video by The Producers

Other Power Pop Songs You Should Hear:

Dream Police – Cheap Trick

Everybody Loves a Happy Ending – Tears for Fears

Grace Kelly – Mika

“What You Don’t Know About the Girl” by Roger Joseph Manning, Jr.

The Grooviest Girl in the World” by The Fun and Games

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4 Responses to "She Sheila – The Producers"

  1. Matt Thurston says:

    Hmmm… never heard that song before. Great story though. My memory of early MTV was stuff like Golden Earring, the Greg Kihn Band, J Geils Band, Blondie, .38 Special, Scandal, the GoGos, etc. although I’m sure there are a ton of videos I’d remember if I saw them again.

  2. Michael Waterman says:

    I seriously love, love, love the song. Don’t know why but it never gets old to my ears. I may do a series of posts on early obscure MTV videos. Remember “I Have the Skill” by the Sherbs? An Aussie band with one-hit wonder tagged to their name. Or “Working Girl” by The Members?

    Both classics and completely forgotten.

  3. NukeDad says:

    Loved this album. I played it over and over and over. “Operation” and “Dear John” were 2 other great cuts. I’ve been trying to track down a song by a group called Stingray who were from Australia (I think) called “Better the Devil you know.” I haven’t heard it since 80 or 81, but I remember liking it a lot.

  4. Michael Waterman says:

    NukeDad. Glad you liked the Producers album. It’s good, power poppy fun.

    Here’s a link to Stingray singing “Better the Devil You Know.” It came out in 1979. The chorus sounds a bit like Styx to my ears.

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