Another Girl, Another Planet

"Another Girl, Another Planet" is the most successful song by the English rock band The Only Ones, whose members are Peter Perrett, Alan Mair, John Perry and Mike Kellie. It is the second track on their first album, The Only Ones, released in 1978. The song has since been covered by several other performers.

"Another Girl, Another Planet"
Single by The Only Ones
from the album The Only Ones
RecordedApril 1978
GenrePower pop, new wave
Songwriter(s)Peter Perrett
  • The Only Ones
  • Robert Ash
The Only Ones singles chronology
"Lovers of Today"
"Another Girl, Another Planet"
"The Whole of the Law"
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It was recorded on a 16-track analogue Studer tape machine and an ex-Steve Marriott Helios mixing console at Escape Studios, a residential facility in Egerton, Kent, England, by engineer/producer John Burns, assisted by Ian (now, Jennifer) Maidman, and later worked on and mixed at Basing Street Studios by Robert Ash.[1]

Chart performance

The track was not a chart hit upon its initial release in 1978. Its first chart appearance was 7th June 1981  at No. 44, for one week, on the New Zealand chart.[2] It was re-released in the UK in January 1992, backed with "Pretty in Pink" by The Psychedelic Furs to promote the compilation album, Sound of the Suburbs, and appeared in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks, peaking at No. 57.[3][4]


AllMusic describes it as "Arguably, the greatest rock single ever recorded".[5]

The song was placed at number 18 in John Peel's all-time Festive Fifty millennium edition. Playing it in 1980's Festive Fifty, he introduced it as an "artful little caprice".[6]

In March 2005, Q magazine placed the song at number 83 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.[7]

"A fantastic song with an amazing guitar line," enthused Tim Wheeler of Ash. "It took me a long time to figure out that it's about drugs – not a girl from another planet – and that space travel is a metaphor for being high. It was Peter Perrett's heroin-heavy drawl that eventually gave it away."[8] In an interview in 2015 Perrett declared that the song has been actually inspired by a girl and that it is not about heroin, nevertheless admitting that he always enjoyed "writing ambiguous lyrics that could be taken on two or three different levels".[9]

The song's title was used as the name of a 1992 American independent movie directed by Michael Almereyda,[10] though the song does not appear in the film. It does appear, though, in six films and their soundtracks: That Summer! (1979), Different for Girls (1996),[11] Me Without You (2001), D.E.B.S. (2004), Paul (2011), and Her Smell (2018).

Cover versions

"Another Girl Another Planet"
Promotional single by Blink-182
from the album Greatest Hits
FormatCD single
RecordedLate 2004
Larrabee Sound Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
GenrePop punk
Songwriter(s)Peter Perrett

Blink-182 recorded a cover of this song for the opening track of Travis Barker's MTV reality show Meet the Barkers. It was later released in 2005 as the closing track on their Greatest Hits album.

Chart (2005) Peak
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[12] 99

Other covers

Other covers of this song include covers by Greg Kihn, The Replacements, The Dogs D'Amour, Beatsteaks and Babyshambles.[13]


  1. Buskin, Richard (2007-04-27). "CLASSIC TRACKS: The Only Ones: 'Another Girl, Another Planet'". Sound On Sound. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  3. Archived January 18, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  4. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 407. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. Andy Claps. "Another Girl, Another Planet - The Only Ones - Listen, Appearances, Song Review - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  6. " Peel's Festive 50's - 1977 - 2003 ..." Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  7. " Magazine Lists". Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  8. Wheeler, Tim (August 2007). "Sci-fi rocks". Q. p. 117.
  9. Pinnock, Tom (13 April 2017). "Peter Perrett: "It wasn't about drugs ... at that time, I was more addicted to sex"". Uncut.
  10. "Another Girl Another Planet (1992)". 1 October 1992. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  11. "Different for Girls (1996)". 12 September 1997. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  12. "Pop – Pop 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 117 (47): 54. November 19, 2005. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  13. Jones, Rob (July 30, 2008), "The Only Ones Perform "Another Girl, Another Planet"", The Delete Bin, retrieved 2016-11-09.
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