I 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.