Mirroring her sonic evolution, Tiffany adds a guitar-based crunch to her new remake of “I Think We’re Alone Now,” whose video Billboard is premiering.
The song, originally a No. 4 Billboard Hot 100 hit for Tommy James and the Shondells in 1967, became Tiffany’s first of two No. 1s, in 1987, remade with a dance-pop shine. Ballad “Could’ve Been” followed as her second leader in winter 1988. Both were released from her debut self-titled album, which topped the Billboard 200.
“On my new album, Pieces of Me, I was inspired by the Foo Fighters, and maybe a little Go-Go’s and Blondie mixed together … with Tiffany,” she says. “I wanted to show ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ in that kind of a version, one that shows the layers of my new music.”
Says Tiffany of the venerable hit, which also recently received a revival thanks to its synch in Netflix’s Umbrella Academy, “It’s just a great song. I’m really lucky to have it in my life.”
The singer-songwriter, on the road this spring and summer on New Kids on the Block’s The Mixtape Tour, famously broke through in part by playing malls, as shown in the original 1987 “I Think We’re Alone Now” video. “Just kind of walking down memory lane a little bit,” Tiffany, born in Norwalk, California, muses of the new clip. “It’s really about an L.A. girl returning to her roots. I wanted to go back. We went to the recording place [of the 1987 version], although I don’t know anybody there anymore, and it’s not a recording studio anymore …”
Meanwhile, the song’s sing-along opening lyric is central to the new video. “It incorporates fun and family. They’re wearing ‘children behave’ t-shirts. We’re starting a new nation of ‘children behavers!’ “
With a twist, though: “It’s an adult version. ‘Let’s not behave. We’ve made it to our 40s. We’re rockin’ it!’ Let’s have some fun, shall we?”
Enjoy the premiere of Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now 2019” below.