Title: She's So High
Format: Double 12" Single
Label: EMI Music (Netherlands)
Catalogue Number: 20 4664 6
Year of Release: 1991
A1 She's So High (Definitive) (4:43)
A2 Sing (5:59)
B I Know (Extended) (6:29)
C High Cool (Easy Listening Mix) (4:17)
D Bad Day (Leisurely Mix) (4:14)
Those confused by me putting She's So High after There's No Other Way will note that this is the hen's-teeth European-mainland-only double 12" promo-remix-rarity thing that came out on the back of the popularity of the second single. She's So High itself only having puttered its way to number 48 of the UK singles charts in 1990. It's the better song of the two, and is featured here in album length rather than the more common 3:49 single edit.
From opening swathes of guitar to fade out, the sparse lyrics capture a beautiful, visceral lust ("I want to crawl all over her") over a girl Damon sees every day; his obsession, and, in a few short lines, the ultimate frustration felt when the object of desire does nothing to reciprocate ("She doesn't help me..."). He sounds very much on the edge of doing something foolish at the end.
Sing has similarities in its lyrical sparsity, but is thematically simpler also - a song about the point of songs called Sing. Has a lovely, rising, 'aaaah'-based section, but is otherwise a bit over-influenced by My Bloody Valentine.
Never really liked I Know. Not much point getting the extended version. It's like having an extended version of I'm All Over from There's No Other Why - why bother?
High Cool, on the other hand, I always liked. It's quite a teenage-boy song, and I was one when it came out, so that might be why I like it so much. The remix here is interesting, not in anyway "easy listening" as the kitsch 60s/70s genre has become to be known, but more like what happened to most of The Cure's tracks on Mixed Up. It gets a dancier beat and some organ riffs.
Bad Day (Leisurely Mix) may be something of an in joke, as the first album was of course called Leisure, and I could find no real difference between this version, and the one on the album, excepting a few seconds running time.