Tired of Being Blonde

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"Tired of Being Blonde"
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Single by Carly Simon
from the album Spoiled Girl
B-side "Black Honeymoon"
ReleasedJune 1985
Genre Pop
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Larry Raspberry
Producer(s) G. E. Smith, Arthur Baker, Frank Filipetti, T. Bone Wolk
Carly Simon singles chronology
"Kissing with Confidence"
"Tired of Being Blonde"
"My New Boyfriend"

"Tired of Being Blonde" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Carly Simon for her 12th studio album Spoiled Girl (1985) for which it served as the lead single.



According to its composer Larry Raspberry, the song was "inspired by...high school[mates]...who [still have] platinum hair...when you see them 14 years later. You think: 'What an expense!' And the song is about a woman who got tired of waiting on the [life enriching] results that the [cosmetic] company promised". [1] "Tired of Being Blonde" had been pitched to Simon by MTV founder John Sykes after John Cougar Mellencamp, who had heard Raspberry perform the song live, suggested it to Sykes as suitable material for Simon. [2]

Recorded in the autumn of 1984, "Tired of Being Blonde", originally set for February 1985 release, would not be released until June of 1985. Promoted by a video which was directed by actor Jeremy Irons, [1] [3] [4] the track failed to become a major hit, peaking no higher than No. 70 on the Billboard Hot 100. [5] However, it was more successful on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, reaching a peak position of No. 36. [5]

Track listing

7" single [6]
12" single [7]



Chart (1985)Peak
Australia (ARIA Charts)95
US Billboard Hot 100 70
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 34

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