Leah Landis

She Doesn't Like It From Behind

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In 1985, Hi-NRG dance diva Leah Landis came up with the sort of sexually provocative song title that one would have expected from Prince, Vanity, or Apollonia at the time: "She Doesn't Like It From Behind." This infectious 12" single doesn't contain any profanity, but then, it doesn't have to -- it isn't hard to figure out what the song's title is referring to. Not surprisingly, there were those who found the title shocking, which is exactly what Dice Records (a small dance-oriented label that was based in Dayton, OH, and distributed by Sutra) and Landis were going for. But there were others who found the tune funny rather than offensive, including members of the gay community -- and in fact, "She Doesn't Like It From Behind" became a small underground hit in gay dance clubs and earned Landis a largely gay cult following. Most of the gay listeners who heard this fast Hi-NRG gem (138 beats per minute, to be exact) didn't take offense because they saw the song as ironic and humorous, which it is. As gay listeners saw it, Landis was laughing with them rather than laughing at them. Although shock value and off-color humor are a big part of "She Doesn't Like It From Behind," those aren't the only things that this single has going for it -- the tune also has a very infectious groove, which is why someone who doesn't speak a word of English could easily get into it. Also impressive is the single's B-side, "Was It Good for You," a Hi-NRG gem that lacks the shock value of "She Doesn't Like It From Behind" but is equally addictive. This single has been out of print since the late '80s, but it's worth searching for if you're a Hi-NRG aficionado.

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