Tuesday, March 26, 2013

26 March 2013 - I Think We're Alone Now special edition

Admit it.  You love this song.


And even if you don't think you do yet, you need to do yourself a favor and read this all the way to the end.  You'll be a fan by the time you hit bottom.

This 1986 single was Tiffany's biggest hit, but not her only one.  What many people don't realize - this wasn't her first single.  Which means that there might have been a few people who knew who she was when she went on that mall tour to record this amazingly low-budget but truly memorable video.

But we're here to talk about the song.  Tommy James and The Shondells were the original artists on this song, and they did a pretty bland version.  Still, it was a hit - it reached #4 on the Billboard charts.  Tiffany (who initially hated the song) added a young feel and more bounce to the song, and it reached #1 on the Billboard charts and was a monster hit worldwide.

Tiffany made the song, which wasn't all that memorable, into an iconic hit that she made her own.  That hasn't stopped other people from covering it.  Here's a cover by British girl group Girls Aloud, featuring the great Cheryl Tweedy Cole.  I have to be honest - I didn't think I'd like this version. At all.  But it grows on me.  Those ladies harmonize extremely well, and also give a light, fluffy song a much harder edge and slightly darker feel.

Plus, they're robbing a casino in the video.  What's cooler than that?

As hard as those ladies made the song, no one has done it quite like Snuff.  Favorites of Thrasher magazine fans, Snuff made a truly viable punk song out of this.  It's fun, and I feel like I could get in the pit and dance to this.

It's important to note that Tiffany really took ownership of this song. Weezer think they're covering Tiffany here.  They might be basing their cover off her version, but they didn't give proper credit.

By the way, Tiffany has come back to this song.  And it isn't the light pop song that it once was.  She turns it into a country-twinged ballad.  And I have to tell you, it's really good.  I hope you read down this far and are listening to it right now.  It's worth it.

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