"CORNFLAKE GIRL" is a song by American singer–songwriter and
* 1 Background * 2 Inspiration and meaning * 3 Releases * 4 Music video * 5 Cover versions
* 6 Charts
* 6.1 Year-end charts
* 7 References
The song reached #4 on the
UK singles chart , and was Amos' most
successful international hit at the time. In Australia, the song
peaked at #19, and was placed at #35 on the radio station
INSPIRATION AND MEANING
The inspiration for "Cornflake Girl" came from a conversation she was having with a longtime friend about female genital mutilation in Africa, specifically how a close female family member would betray the victim by performing the procedure. Tori has said that growing up, the name they gave to girls who would hurt you despite close friendship was cornflake girls.
The reference to cornflakes and raisins comes from their distribution in a box of breakfast cereal , implying that "raisin girls" are much harder to find than "cornflake girls". Amos has spoken in interviews about being referred to glibly as "the cornflake girl" due to the song's title being applied to her, when she considers herself a "raisin girl". Moreover, she specifically states in the first line of the song: "Never was a cornflake girl." The confusion may be related to her 1985 television commercial for Kellogg\'s breakfast cereal Just Right , made before she achieved widespread fame. Just Right includes both raisins and cornflakes, so the song and the cereal are related either through coincidence or intent.
Atlantic released a series of cornflakes boxes with picture of Amos on them to promote this. They are now collector's items.
The term "cornflake girl" also appears in the lyrics of the Billy Bragg song "Body of Water" on his 1991 album Don\'t Try This at Home with the line "Oh, to become a pearl / In the wordy world of the cornflake girl".
Two separate "Cornflake Girl" CD singles were released in the UK. The
first, released on January 10, 1994, contains three original b-sides:
"Sister Janet", "All the Girls Hate Her" and "Over It"; the latter two
being part of a Piano Suite. The second, released on January 17, 1994,
was a limited edition picture CD housed in a digipak , containing
cover versions of the songs "A Case of You" by
The United States "Cornflake Girl" CD single is housed in a digipak case. UK 7" Single
* "Cornflake Girl" * "Sister Janet"
UK CD / Australian / German CD Single
* "Cornflake Girl" – 5:05 * "Sister Janet" – 4:00 Piano Suite * "All The Girls Hate Her" – 2:23 * "Over It" – 2:11
UK Limited Edition CD Single
US CD Single (with different artwork)
* "Cornflake Girl" (Edit) – 3:54 * "Sister Janet" – 4:00 * "Daisy Dead Petals" – 3:03 * "Honey" – 3:47
There were two different videos for "Cornflake Girl". The UK version was directed by Big TV! , two directors from the UK. Tori said that is based on The Wizard of Oz , except that Dorothy goes to Hell instead. Tori stated that she wanted there to be "two different visual expressions" of the song. The US video features Tori driving a truck full of women around a typical American desert.
The song was covered by post-hardcore band
Jawbox as a hidden track
on their self-titled 1996 album , as well as by the band Tapping the
Vein on the
On March 25, 2010, British electronic musician
CHART (1994) Peak position
Australia (ARIA ) 19
Belgium (Flanders) ( Ultratop ) 38
Canadian Singles Chart 30
Germany ( Media Control Charts ) 73
Netherlands ( MegaCharts ) 26
New Zealand ( RIANZ ) 41
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 7
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 12
YEAR-END CHART (1994) POSITION
Australia (ARIA) 97
* ^ "New Release Summary – Product Available from: 14/2/1994 >
Singles (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 209 – Week Ending 13th
February 1994)". ARIA . Retrieved 2016-04-09.
* ^ A B "Official Charts > Tori Amos". The Official UK Charts
Company . Retrieved 2016-04-09.
* ^ A B "Australian Charts >
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