The song has been covered several times by other artists, most notably by Tiffany Darwish in Cordell and his regular songwriting partner Bo Gentry gave the song to Tommy James, who thought it sounded like a hit. The song was originally written as a slow ballad, but when James, Cordell and Gentry recorded a quick demo, they made the song faster. Tommy James later wrote: "Ritchie and Bo originally wrote the song as a mid-tempo ballad.
I said no way and started speeding it up The lyrics of the song speak of parental prohibition, especially against sexual activities, and have both the narrator and the person being addressed "trying to get away into the night" to avoid, evade, or defy such prohibition. The first few words of the song, "Children behave! That's what they say when we're together.
And watch how you play," hint at this. The recording was produced by Ritchie Cordell and Bo Gentry. Tommy James recorded the vocal on the Christmas Eve of so that the song could be released in the new year. Like many early Tommy James and the Shondells releases, only band members Tommy James and Eddie Gray were featured on the record, with the rest of the band providing background vocals. Studio musicians were used as the rest of the rhythm section to back up the Shondells. They recorded the bass and drums first, and the rest then layered onto the recording.
They also made the choruses quieter so that the verses became much more prominent. This the first time they had recorded this way, a process they would replicate in many other later records to produce their signature sound. The version that James and the Shondells originally performed uses hard-driving arrangements for its two verses, both fiercely performed so as to convey a sense of urgency.
However, the refrain performed twice is almost whispered and indeed followed by a sound effect of crickets chirping, giving an atmosphere of forbidden activities that are being deliberately kept hidden. The fade-out uses the lyrics of the refrain, but this time, the hard-driving arrangements are resumed. Rock critic Lester Bangs called the single "the bubblegum apotheosis ". It was featured in the horror film Mother's Day and the science-fiction thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane Her version was originally released with her hit song " Lucky Number " as a B-side.
Lovich recorded the song after contacting the radio presenter Charlie Gillett , who helped her get signed by Dave Robinson of Stiff Records. Robinson liked the record and immediately proposed it to be released as a single. However, her song "Lucky Number" gained so much more attention that it was later re-released as a lead single, at which it peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart. According to Tiffany, she also did not know that the song is about the prohibition of teenage sex. The producers then remade the song as a dance track, and when Tiffany played this to her friends, they started to dance to it.
Tiffany returned the next day to record the song in around four takes. Tiffany also recorded "I Think We're Alone Now", but in a different arrangement, for her sixth album and her second as an indie artist, Dust Off and Dance , which became her only album in the electronica genre. It was released in For the compilation album I Think We're Alone Now: 80's Hits and More , her vocals were re-recorded, using the remixed backing track as a guide.
Her earlier version is referenced in the alternative group Weezer 's song "Heart Songs" on the band's Red Album. Weezer incorrectly referred to it as having been performed by Debbie Gibson , who performed a similar style of pop music and was popular during the same time as Tiffany. Rivers Cuomo admitted that he noticed the mistake while writing the song, but left it in the finished song. Tiffany and Tobin made no attempt to contrast the verses and the refrain, as James and the Shondells had, instead keeping the "peppy" [ according to whom?
It became a runaway number 1 hit and was the eighteenth highest selling single for  and the thirty-second highest selling single in Australia for The music video was directed entirely by Tobin and shot in numerous shopping malls in Utah, which echoed the way her early career had been promoted. The video was featured in the film Ted and the song was also on the soundtrack and appears in its sequel.
The song is featured in both Ted and Ted 2. It is also featured in Season 1, episode 1, of The Umbrella Academy. In , Snuff covered the song for their first album, Snuff Said. In , Snuff again covered the song for the compilation album Punk Chartbusters Vol 3. Unlike the original, this version is very punk-heavy. In addition to the original length of the song that was released, many different length versions of the song exist: there is such an extended version with a length from minutes, a minutes long remix, and an a capella version, which contains a length from minutes.
On the B-side of the song is the single "Christmas Song". Girls Aloud's version was produced by Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania. The song was recorded just days before the group's greatest hits was sent to be manufactured.
It reached the top five on the UK Singles Chart. The music video, inspired by heist films , features Girls Aloud robbing a Las Vegas casino. The track was criticised and labelled "pointless" by contemporary music critics. Higgins said that "Xenomania used the only idea they could think of, which was to make the song sound like ' Something Kinda Ooooh. The song was released on December 18, It was available on two CD single formats and as a digital download.
The first disc included a previously unreleased track entitled "Why Do It? Girls Aloud's cover of "Jingle Bell Rock" was originally featured on the Christmas bonus disc that came with the limited edition of 's Chemistry. Girls Aloud's cover of the song was widely slated by music critics. An unidentified staff writer at WalesOnline described it as "cheap, obnoxious, totally pointless and, destined to be loved only by people too out of their heads on Christmas spirit to know any better".
Even pop groups as reliably excellent at singles as Girls Aloud toss out pointless, lazy covers in a ruthless attempt to snare that coveted seasonal chart-topper from the X-Factor's clutches. Music stated "the karaoke rendition[s] of [ The single debuted at number 50 on the UK Singles Chart a week prior to its physical release, due to download sales.
Three different endings to the video were shot. The first shows the girls getting caught and tied up after opening a box full of money in the casino's safe ; the second features Kimberley Walsh with her back to the camera removing her clothes in front of casino owners, causing them to faint; and the third features the girls playing with the money.
This last ending won the vote, despite the version with Kimberley stripping being uploaded to the internet. This version, according to Armstrong, was recorded in his bedroom at his home in California and was released during the COVID pandemic as an act of solidarity for those who were practicing social distancing and those in self-quarantine and was released as a single on April 17, A Spanish adaptation "Ahora estoy solo" was recorded by Los Hitters.
The lyrics take distance from the meaning of the English version as the song relates about a guy that got a break-up rather than the innuendo of the English lyrics. The parody dealt with the licensing of the Macintosh from Apple Computer to other companies during the short period in which legal Macintosh clones were made. The video was recorded in 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 "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 to Tiffany's version. Despite the album having been shelved, the song was released to the compilation Dance , Vol. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved Simon and Schuster. The Guardian. Flavour of New Zealand. Retrieved September 5, Music Canada Blog. October 29, Accessed February 23, Lene Lovich. Stiff Records.
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