Looking Over My Shoulder

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"Looking Over My Shoulder"
'Til Tuesday Looking Over My Shoulder 1985 single cover.jpg
Single by 'Til Tuesday
from the album Voices Carry
B-side"Don't Watch Me Bleed"
ReleasedAugust 6, 1985[1]
Length3:50 (single version)
4:15 (album version)
Songwriter(s)Aimee Mann
Michael Hausman
Robert Holmes
Joey Pesce
Producer(s)Mike Thorne
'Til Tuesday singles chronology
"Voices Carry"
"Looking Over My Shoulder"
"Love in a Vacuum"

"Looking Over My Shoulder" is a song by American band 'Til Tuesday, which was released in 1985 as the second single from their debut studio album Voices Carry. The song was written by Aimee Mann, Michael Hausman, Robert Holmes and Joey Pesce, and produced by Mike Thorne. "Looking Over My Shoulder" peaked at No. 61 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[2]

Music video[]

The song's music video was directed by Nick Haggerty and produced by Paul Schiff for N. Lee Lacy & Associates. It was shot during July 1985 in the Manhattan borough of New York City, including at the Convent of the Sacred Heart.[3] The video received active rotation on MTV.[4]

Critical reception[]

On its release as a single, Billboard described "Looking Over My Shoulder" as a "broad, sweeping tune" and praised Mann for "the best Bowie soundalike vocal yet achieved by a woman".[5] Cash Box considered the song a "certain pop hit". They commented, "The moody verses give way to an infectious, effective chorus. Mann's vocal is strong and similar in intensity to her previous outing."[6] In a retrospective review of Voices Carry, Joe Viglione of AllMusic noted the song's "bubbling intensity which Holmes' guitar adds drama to".[7]

Track listing[]

7" single
  1. "Looking Over My Shoulder" (Single Mix) – 3:50
  2. "Don't Watch Me Bleed" – 3:26
7" single (US promo)
  1. "Looking Over My Shoulder" (Single Mix) – 3:50
  2. "Looking Over My Shoulder" (Single Mix) – 3:50
12" (US promo)
  1. "Looking Over My Shoulder" (Single Mix) – 3:50
  2. "Looking Over My Shoulder" (Long Version) – 4:06


'Til Tuesday


  • Mike Thorne – producer
  • Bob Clearmountain – mixing on "Looking Over My Shoulder" (Single Mix)
  • Domenic Maita – engineer
  • Mike Krowiak, Jeff Lippay – studio assistants
  • Harvey Goldberg – mixing engineer
  • Moira Marquis – mixing assistant
  • Jack Skinner – mastering


  • Britain Hill – photography
  • Hiro Ito – photography (Japanese sleeve)


Chart performance for "Looking Over My Shoulder"
Chart (1985) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 61
US Cash Box Top 100 Pop Singles[9] 62


  1. ^ Kishbaugh, Jerry (August 2, 1985). "Aimee Mann's alluring voice carries 'til tuesday to national prominence". Citizens' Voice. p. 31.
  2. ^ "'Til Tuesday - Looking Over My Shoulder". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  3. ^ "Video Music: Aimee's Angst". Billboard. August 10, 1985. p. 31.
  4. ^ "MTV Programming". Billboard. September 14, 1985. p. 43.
  5. ^ "Reviews: Singles". Billboard. August 24, 1985. p. 63.
  6. ^ "Single Releases". Cash Box. August 31, 1985. p. 9.
  7. ^ Viglione, Joe. "Voices Carry - 'Til Tuesday". AllMusic. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  8. ^ "'Til Tuesday Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  9. ^ Downey, Pat; Albert, George; Hoffman, Frank (1994). Cash Box Pop Singles Charts, 1950-1993. Englewood, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited, Inc. p. 351. ISBN 1563083167. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
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