Inner Smile

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"Inner Smile"
Single by Texas
from the album The Greatest Hits
B-side "Across the Universe"
Released 8 January 2001
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded September 2000
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 3:52
Label Mercury Records
MERCD 531 / MERDD 531
Writer(s) Johnny McElhone, Sharleen Spiteri, Gregg Alexander, Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Johnny Mac, Gregg Alexander
Texas singles chronology
"In Demand"
"Inner Smile"
"I Don't Want a Lover"
(2001 Remix)

"Inner Smile" is a song by Scottish pop group Texas, originally released on their 2000 album The Greatest Hits and co-written by Gregg Alexander and Rick Nowels.[1] It was released as the second single from The Greatest Hits album in the United Kingdom and peaked at #6 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also featured in the final sequence of the feature film Bend It Like Beckham.[2]

The song was based on Gregg Alexander's unreleased demo "Inner Child" which was written and performed between 1995–1998.[3][4]

Track listing

CD1 (MERCD 531)[5]

  1. "Inner Smile" - 3:49
  2. "Inner Smile" (Extended 12") - 9:47
  3. "Across the Universe" (Live) - 4:13
  4. "Inner Smile" (Video) - 3:49

CD2 (MERDD 531)[6]

  1. "Inner Smile" - 3:49
  2. "Inner Smile" (Jules' Club Radio Mix) - 4:35
  3. "Inner Smile" (Stonebridge Classic House Mix) - 6:31
  4. "Inner Smile" (Rae & Christian Basement Mix) - 4:57

Music video

The video, directed by Vaughan Arnell,[7] is a homage to Elvis Presley (and specifically his '68 Comeback Special shows) with lead singer Sharleen Spiteri dressed as Elvis in his famous black leather suit and using prosthetics to resemble Elvis. It begins with Sharleen/Elvis turning on a TV (probably to see "the show", i.e. the video clip), then she/he begins to sing. It had some black and white stills showing her in distinct situations (in one of them, Sharleen/Elvis proudly holds a belt with the word "SHAR" instead of "ELVIS", formed with diamonds). In some scenes, she switches from her Elvis costume to another black leather outfit (without prosthetics). The video clip was shot in London in November 2000 with a live audience and with the band members playing different roles as musicians and/or audience members (with Spiteri portraying various groupies). In one of the scenes, Sharleen (as Elvis) sings along with Sharleen. It is often assumed this scene represents Elvis and Priscilla Presley.


Chart (2000–01) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 93
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[9] 57
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 47
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[11] 37
France (SNEP)[12] 37
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 36
Ireland (IRMA) 17
Italy (FIMI)[14] 17
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[15] 14
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[16] 6
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[17] 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 26
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 27
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 6

Use in media

The song was featured in Bend It Like Beckham.

The song is used for the theme tune of live Football League Cup football on Sky Sports.

In 2007, the song was used in an advert for the (now discontinued) Crushed Silk & Jasmine variant of Bold laundry detergent.

The song was used in adverts for Warner Leisure Hotels from 2012 to 2013.


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