Tuesday, November 16, 2010
We think they're alone now
Only thing is, neither song was by the Shondells.
On Nov. 7 Tiffany began a two-week run at No. 1 with her remake of "I Think We're Alone Now," which 20 years earlier the Shondells had taken to No. 4. Then two weeks later Billy Idol scored a chart-topper with his cover of "Mony Mony," a song originally inspired by the Mutual of New York sign visible from James' NYC apartment.
It's the only time we're aware of that remakes have been back-to-back No. 1s, useful trivia that could win you a bar bet.
(The Shondells had two No. 1s, "Hanky Panky" in '66 and "Crimson and Clover" two years later.)
While Tiffany and Idol enjoyed their No. 1 runs in 1987 with James songs, their music hasn't exactly stood the test of time, not like some landmark albums from '87 such as U2's Joshua Tree, Prince's Sign 'O' the Times, Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel of Love, Paul Simon's Graceland and we would add the aforementioned Bring the Family. And if you happened to be living in the Twin Cities at the time, a band by the name of the Replacements made you very proud of the local music scene with Pleased to Meet Me.
So don't feel bad if were too preoccupied at the time to notice those Tommy James covers. In fact, it's quite OK to feel very, very good.