He Will Never Be Your Woman

White Town's one-hit wonder in this week's Forgotten Videos
  • White Town's "Your Woman"
May 26, 2011 -- 12:38 pm PDT
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Welcome to Forgotten Videos. For some, these videos are forgotten, for others just filed away, and for others still, a totally brand-new discovery. Whichever category you fall into, each week we'll feature a video that's possibly been collecting dust when what it really deserves is a fresh look. Or vice-versa…. We're not here to judge, we just want to take you on a little trip down memory lane. Yep, you'll remember when hair was really that big, when drums were that up front in the mix, when video was young(er) and so were you.

White Town
"Your Woman"
1997

"I could never be your woman." Even though that chorus is repeated four times over throughout White Town's first (and only) hit, it's still hard to find any sense in the words or the meaning of the song as it's performed by frontman (and sole member) Jyoti Mishra. However, if you dig a little deeper, you'll find that the song was actually inspired in part by Mishra's teenage infatuation with a lesbian friend.

But there is still much left to be interpreted by the song, and the video. Produced in a black-and-white silent film style, the video features recurring shots of crossroad signs bearing choices that are often presented in romantic relationships — seduction vs. relationship; humiliation vs. sympathy; knowledge vs. confusion; doubt vs. promise; expectation vs. independence; and lust vs. love; with the latter being a primary theme throughout the video. But who will end up at the finish line in the race to find love? You'll have to watch to find out.

Born in Rourkela, India, Mishra's family emigrated to England when he was 3, an experience that later inspired him to name his project White Town after growing up a foreigner in a small English village. The first edition of White Town, a four-piece indie band, formed in early 1989 and released a self-titled EP the following year. Subsequently, White Town disbanded, leaving Mishra to continue on his own as a one-man act. He released his first full-length album, Socialism, Sexism And Sexuality (three themes that seem to recur in almost all of Mishra's recordings). "Your Woman," which features a trumpet sample from Lew Stone's 1932 jazz tune "My Woman," was first released on Mishra's 1996 EP Abort, Retry, Fail? It was re-released on 1997's Women In Technology, peaking at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100, Mishra's first and only appearance on the chart. White Town continued on for a few more years, releasing Peek & Poke in 1999 and Don't Mention The War in 2006.

He will likely never be your woman, but you can still keep up to date with what the White Town frontman has been up to on his website.

What would you choose, lust or love? Got any Forgotten Video recommendations? Leave us a comment.

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