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"I Think We're Alone Now" is a song written by Ritchie Cordell. It was initially a 1967 hit for American recording artists Tommy James & the Shondells, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 during a 17-week stay. The recording was produced by Cordell and Bo Gentry.

Rock critic Lester Bangs called the single "the bubblegum apotheosis." Cordell wrote or co-wrote many songs for James, including "Run, Run, Baby, Run" (the B-side to "I Think We're Alone Now"), the follow-up single "Mirage," and 1968's "Mony Mony." I Think Were Alone Now stands out as one of Tommy James' most successful recordings, and was sampled in a scene in the 1980s slasher film Mother's Day.

"I Think We're Alone Now" has since been covered on numerous occasions. In 1987, a version by Tiffany reached #1 in the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand. Several other cover versions have charted as well, including those by The Rubinoos (#45 US, 1977) and Girls Aloud (#4 UK, 2006).

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Tiffany version

"I Think We're Alone Now"
Single by Tiffany
from the album Tiffany
B-side "No Rules"
Released November 10, 1987
Format 7" single, 12" single, CD single
Recorded 1987
Genre Synth-pop
Length 3:47
Label MCA Records
Writer(s) Ritchie Cordell
Producer George Tobin
Tiffany singles chronology
"Danny"
(1987)
"I Think We're Alone Now"
(1987)
"Could've Been"
(1988)

The song was re-popularized when American singer Tiffany covered the song for her first album Tiffany (1987). Tiffany's version of the song spent two weeks at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 (and was unusually followed on the top spot by another Tommy James & the Shondells cover, "Mony Mony" by Billy Idol) and three weeks at number-one on the UK Singles Chart. The Tiffany version went quadruple platinum in the US in a thirteen week chart run. The video was shot in a shopping mall which echoed the way her early career had been promoted.

When George Tobin, Tiffany's manager, gave Tiffany the cassette of the original version by Tommy James & the Shondells, Tiffany hated the idea of recording a version of her own for her album mostly because she thought the song wasn't modern or hip enough. It turned out to be her biggest hit once she recorded it.

"I Think We're Alone Now" was not the first single off Tiffany's debut album. The first single was "Danny", but radio started picking up "I Think We're Alone Now", another track on the album. It became a runaway number-one hit and was the eighteenth highest selling single for 1987[1] and the thirty-second highest selling single in Australia for 1988[2].

This version is referenced in the alternative group Weezer's song "Heart Songs" on the band's 2008 Red Album but in the song it is mentioned that it was sung by Debbie Gibson, another teen idol who was around at the same time as Tiffany. When Rivers Cuomo wrote the song, he had noticed the oversight on his part and that he knew that the song was recorded by Tiffany but he left the part in the song where he mentions Debbie Gibson singing the song.

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Track listings and formats

7"/CD single
  1. "I Think We're Alone Now" — 3:47
  2. "No Rules" — 4:05
12" vinyl single
  1. "I Think We're Alone Now" (extended version) — 6:35
  2. "I Think We're Alone Now" (single version) — 4:25
  3. "I Think We're Alone Now" (dub version) — 6:35

Charts

Chart (1987/1988)[3] Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 46
Austrian Singles Chart 24
Dutch Singles Chart 2
French Singles Chart 9
German Singles Chart 14
Irish Singles Chart 1
Italian singles Chart 5
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 3
South African Singles Chart 1
Swiss Singles Chart 10
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 26
Canadian Singles chart 1

Girls Aloud version

"I Think We're Alone Now"
Single by Girls Aloud
from the album
The Sound of Girls Aloud
B-side "Why Do It?"
"Jingle Bell Rock"
Released 18 December 2006
Format CD single, download
Recorded 2006
Genre Dance pop
Length 3:42 (original radio edit)
3:18 (album version)
Label Fascination
Writer(s) Ritchie Cordell
Producer Xenomania
Girls Aloud singles chronology
"Something Kinda Ooooh"
(2006)
"I Think We're Alone Now"
(2006)
"Walk This Way"
(2007)
The Sound of Girls Aloud track listing
"Money"
(14)
"I Think We're Alone Now"
(15)
Alternate cover
UK CD 2 cover
Audio sample
file info · help

In 2006, the British all-female pop group Girls Aloud covered "I Think We're Alone Now", produced by Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania for their greatest hits album The Sound of Girls Aloud. The track was released on 18 December 2006, to contend for the Christmas number one. The song also served as the official theme of the movie It's a Boy Girl Thing, which was released in UK cinemas on 29 December 2006.

Until three days before the greatest hits was manufactured, a cover of Irene Cara's "What A Feeling" was going to be in place of "I Think We're Alone Now".[4] Girls Aloud had called their record label on a Friday afternoon to say they'd rather record "I Think We're Alone Now" — the group recorded the song the following morning and the album was mastered on Monday, three days afterwards.[4]

The album version was drastically reworked for the single release, due to the initial version being hasilty recorded; Higgins said that "Xenomania used the only idea they could think of, which was to make the song sound like 'Something Kinda Ooooh'".[4] The single features an alternative vocal arrangement and an entirely new backing track. The song was also given a big band reworking for the Sound of Girls Aloud Tour.

Reception

Girls Aloud's cover of the song was widely slated by music critics. It was called "cheap, obnoxious, totally pointless and destined to be loved only by people too out of their heads on Christmas spirit to know any better."[5]

The single debuted at number 50 on the UK Singles Chart a week prior to its physical release, due to download sales.[6] The single was released in order to compete for the coveted Christmas number one single spot. It eventually peaked at number four, being beaten by Leona Lewis' "A Moment Like This".[7] It spent a further five weeks in the top 75.[6] The song also peaked at number eleven on the Irish Singles Chart and spent six weeks in Ireland's top 50.[8]

Music video

Girls Aloud in their music video for "I Think We're Alone Now".

The video, directed by Alex Hemming and Nick Collett, features the girls trying to rob an Los Angeles casino. The video is based on films like Ocean's 11 and Casino.[9]

Three different endings to the video were shot. The first shows the girls getting caught after opening a box full of money in the casino's safe, the second features Kimberley Walsh removing her clothes in front of casino owners, causing them to faint, and the third features the girls playing with the money. 3 Mobile customers were allowed to vote on their favourite ending from November 8 to November 15, 2006.[9] The latter ending won the vote, despite a version of the video with Kimberley stripping being uploaded to the internet.[10] Since March 2007, all versions of the video have been made available to download on iTunes.[citation needed]

Track listings and formats

UK CD1 (Fascination / 1714586)
  1. "I Think We're Alone Now" (Single Version) — 3:42
  2. "Why Do It?" (Girls Aloud, Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Nick Coler) — 2:53
UK CD2 (Fascination / 1714587)
  1. "I Think We're Alone Now" (Single Version) — 3:42
  2. "I Think We're Alone Now" (Uniting Nations Remix) — 6:18
  3. "I Think We're Alone Now" (Tony Lamezma Baubletastic Remix) — 5:32
  4. "Jingle Bell Rock" (Joe Beal, Jim Boothe) — 1:59
  5. "I Think We're Alone Now" (Video) — 3:37

Versions and appearances

Version Release appearance
Album Version The Sound of Girls Aloud
Single Version "I Think We're Alone Now" single, new pressings of The Sound of Girls Aloud
Uniting Nations Remix
Tony Lamezma Baubletastic Remix "I Think We're Alone Now" single,
Mixed Up
Alternative Mix "I Think We're Alone Now" club promo
Co-Stars Epic Club Mix
Video "I Think We're Alone Now" single,
Style [DVD]

Charts

Chart (2006) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 4
Irish Singles Chart 11

Live performances

The band performed the song at the following events:

Other cover versions

The song has been covered by a number of artists including Annakiya, '70s power pop band The Rubinoos, eurodance artist Playhouse, The Spinto Band, The Turtles, Lene Lovich, Pascal featuring Karen Parry, Annakiya, The Click Five, The Birthday Massacre, Comadre, The Pipettes, Snuff, Screeching Weasel, The Monkees, The Crimea and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. The song has also been covered by Bel's Boys on their debut album People Let's Go. The latest cover of the song was recently released by The Birthday Massacre on their Looking Glass EP.

The song was spoofed by "Weird Al" Yankovic on his 1988 album, Even Worse, as "I Think I'm a Clone Now". Dave Garr, who wrote a good deal of song parodies about computers, covered this as "I Think We're a Clone Now". The parody dealt with the licensing of the Macintosh from Apple Computer to other companies during the short period in which Macintosh clones were made. The video was recorded in 1995 at Apple's headquarters and features the building and its landmarks of the day, references to former Apple CEOs Mike Spindler and John Sculley, and some vintage Macintosh computers including a Macintosh Classic and an Apple Lisa.

Also, as part of RadioShack's new "TheShack" commercial campaign, one commercial features a man in an office cubicle with headphones on, singing part of the bridge and chorus in a falsetto range.[11]

References

  1. ^ "The Top 100 Pop Singles of 1987". 80sxchange.com. Retrieved June 4, 2007.
  2. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1988". ARIACharts. Retrieved June 4, 2007.
  3. ^ Tiffany chart positions:
  4. ^ a b c Robinson, Peter (2009). "I Think We're Alone Now", pp. 32–33 [Booklet]. Album notes for The Singles Boxset by Girls Aloud. London, England: Fascination Records.
  5. ^ "Girls Aloud, I Think We're Alone Now". Western Mail. Trinity Mirror. 2006-12-20. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/entertainment-reviews/movie-reviews/2006/12/20/girls-aloud-i-think-we-re-alone-now-91466-18292126/. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  6. ^ a b "I Think We're Alone Now". ChartStats.com. http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=32903. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  7. ^ "X Factor's Leona has festive No 1". BBC News. BBC. 2006-12-25. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6208115.stm. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  8. ^ "I Think We're Alone Now". aCharts.us. http://acharts.us/song/11706. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  9. ^ a b Girls Aloud are in pole position, The Sun
  10. ^ Kim's Aloud to keep kit on in video, Sunday Mail
  11. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAp2ntZtENw
Preceded by
"Heaven Is a Place on Earth" by Belinda Carlisle
UK number one single (Tiffany version)
January 24, 1988
Succeeded by
"I Should Be So Lucky" by Kylie Minogue
Preceded by
"Bad" by Michael Jackson
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (Tiffany version)
November 7, 1987 - November 14, 1987
Succeeded by
"Mony Mony" by Billy Idol

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