I Think We’re Alone Now - Tommy James and The Shondells
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"I Think We’re Alone Now" - Tommy James and The Shondells (1967)
Peaking at number four on the charts in early 1967, “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tommy James and The Shondells has been called by one music critic as “the bubblegum apotheosis".
The story the narrator is telling is about a situation many teenagers found themselves in during a point in their teenage years when underage sex was still somewhat a shady topic. It has a “Romeo and Juliet” feel to it as the listener is led to believe that the couple in the song aren't supposed to be together due to family pressures. However, when love feel right, you have to get away from it all and take your chances together.
Or, it could be about young love between long-term friends, as the line: "Children behave/
Composed by songwriter and record producer Ritchie Cordell, who also wrote “Mirage” and "Mony Mony" for Tommy James and The Shondells, the song has become a pop culture classics- as has many of the band’s hits. It’s been covered by everyone from punk rockers Joan Jett and the Blackhearts to country icons Dolly Parton. In 1987, American singer and former teen icon. Tiffany and Billy Idol's versions of "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Mony Mony" respectively battled for the top spot on the pop chart for a solid month, each eventually going number one. It was the first time in music history that two cover versions of songs by the same artist went number one back-to-back.
Tommy James has had 23 gold singles, 9 gold and platinum albums, and has sold over 100 million records worldwide. Following “I Think We’re Alone Now” began an incredible two year run of legendary late 60s pop music hits for band, which included: “Mony Mony”,“Crimson and Clover", “Mirage”, "Sweet Cherry Wine", "Crystal Blue Persuasion" and "Draggin' the Line". Their second volume of greatest hits ultimately sold over 10 million copies. During 1968-69 they sold more singles than any artist in the world, including The Beatles.
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