“The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” by Cher
Cher’s “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” explores the view that one of the surest ways to find out if a man truly loves a woman is through his kiss. Though not a proven concept, the singer appears to be very confident that this is the best way to know. The song is in a subtle dialogue where the vocalists attempt to find out what their partner really feels.
Cher answers by concluding that although there are several signs of affection a man may exhibit, he can always lie through them, but a kiss can never hide his deception. She references his eyes, face, sighs, and embrace and disregards them, claiming that any man could trick a lady into believing that he loves her with such gestures. The point she wants to get across to her fellow women is that men can be deceptive in the way they act, but a woman can discern what he truly feels through a kiss.
Did Cher write “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)”?
No. An American songwriter named Rudy Clark composed this classic. Actually Cher wasn’t even the first recording artist to record this song. A singer named Merry Clayton was the first to record and release this back in 1963. Clayton’s version wasn’t successful. A year later, another singer named Betty Everett recorded her version and transformed the song into a global hit. Cher’s version came in 1990. And just like Everett’s version, Cher’s was also a huge global hit.
Success of Cher’s Cover
Cher’s version was actually recorded for the 1990 comedy film “Mermaids” (in which she starred). This version (which was supported by the film) was a massive success. It not only entered Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart, but also was a top-40 hit there. In the UK, “The Shoop Shoop Song” went straight to number 1. This feat gave Cher the first number one hit of her solo career.
That said, it is important to note that as a member of the duo Sonny & Cher, Cher had a number one hit with the song “I Got You Babe“. But this was as far back as 1965.
On which Cher album does “The Shoop Shoop Song” appear?
Considering it was recorded as part of the soundtrack of “Mermaids”, it didn’t appear proper on any traditional studio album of the singer. However, it did appear as a bonus track in the Canadian and Oceanian release of her “Love Hurts” album.
In 1999, Cher’s management also included it in her Greatest Hits’ album.