Rubberband Girl

b/w Big Stripey Lie

Rubberband Girl (UK) front


Rubberband Girl (UK) rear


Country: UK
Label/Number: EMI EM 280
Release date: September 6, 1993
Chronology: Kate's 26th UK single; the 1st of 4 to be released in the UK from The Red Shoes.
Highest chart position: 12
Cover photo by Guido Harari (his first)
Rubberband Girl Lyrics
What it's about: Kate encourages us to be more flexible and resilient in this one -- in short, to "go with the flow".
Running time: 4:42
Big Stripey Lie Lyrics
What it's about: A really distressing song in which a woman attempts to come to terms with being betrayed by her lover. (*My* interpretation, mind you; and a pretty depressing one at that...)
Running time: 3:31
Rubberband Girl entered the UK chart in the second week of its release and immediately peaked at #12, on September 18, 1993.  It held that position for one week, and spent a total of five weeks on the chart.
Rubberband Girl marked Kate's return from her third 3 year hiatus. Not counting Rocket Man (her contribution to the Elton John tribute in 1991), this was her first UK release in 39 months!
Three different versions of Rubberband Girl were released commercially: the LP mix shown above, an extended mix, and a disco version called the US Mix which was released towards the end of 1994 on the And So Is Love single. Oddly enough, the US Mix was never officially issued in the US.

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