Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Retro Video of the Week: "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany

Apologies for not posting a Tuesday Top Ten yesterday.  We were celebrating Lollipop's birthday by tying helium-filled red balloons to sewer grates, doing the worm in supermarket parking lots, and vomiting fake blood on out-of-town Cubs fans riding the L.  You know, typical six-year-old stuff.

Friday marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Tiffany's eponymous debut album.  Along with Debbie Gibson, Tiffany was the queen of mall pop.  Her debut album took the charts by storm, climbing all the way to #1 in the US and Canada, and eventually going quadruple platinum.  All four singles released from the album charted on the Billboard Hot 100.  The first two -- her cover of Tommy James and Shondells' "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Could've Been" -- hit #1, while her reworking of The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" (replacing the "Her" with "Him") got to #7 and "Feelings of Forever" topped out at #50.  Her next album would have two more Top 40 hits ("All This Time" (#6) and "Radio Romance" (#35)), and then she was gone almost as quickly as she came -- not to be heard from again until she appeared in Playboy in 2002.

I decided to go with "I Think We're Alone Now" because it's her most recognizable song, even though it's not her song.  The video is about as Tiffany as it gets, as it's filmed in various malls in which she was performing.  Such was the life of a 16-year-old pop singer in 1987.  One of my favorite tidbits of useless rock and roll trivia is that covers of Tommy James and The Shondells songs were back-to-back #1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987.  This song was #1 for two weeks, followed by Billy Idol's cover of "Mony Mony."  Be sure to break that out at your next cocktail party if you want to pull some wool.

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