I could get hauled over the coals for having this song in my music library. To even admit that I might have even once liked it could put me into the ‘Did he really like that? – Oh Lordy’ box. Alone was even slated as one of the worst hits of the 80’s by fellow blogger friend Hans from Slice the Life. But he’s wise ol’ Hans who responded when I protested his inclusion of Alone – ‘I love how a song one person loves someone else hates’.
OK I get it, it’s trash music from the 80s and the amount of hairspray in the video below could kill your ordinary cat. But I still like it. No, I’m going to be honest…To quote Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber in another trash hit – ‘I like it ALOTTT’. When I was a young dumb-someteen and my testosterone levels were running at full kilter and Ann Wilson (from Heart) wailed in this power ballad ‘OOOOOooooooooooooh’ just proceeding the Chorus I was an instant fanboy. Even now at this ripened old age when I hear that ‘OOOOOooooooooooooh’ I become that high testosterone boy again even if just lasts the duration of that wailing… We are probably encroaching on the ‘that’s too much information’ zone and I get that.
For a breakdown of the history of the Wilson sisters in Heart see Han’s post here which includes his dishing of the song.
Since I’ve always known shit-all about the group and song apart from ‘OOOOOooooooooooooh’ I will copy and paste interesting facts about them from Wikipedia below. There’s frankly not much interesting information, so I’ll give it extra spacing:
– “Alone” is Heart’s biggest hit to date, spending three weeks at No. 1 on the U.S
– “Alone” is a song composed by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, American rock band Heart covered it on their 1987 album Bad Animals.
–In 2007 Celine Dion recorded it for her album Taking Chances.
– Music critics were divided on “Alone”. Hans from Slice the Life and Matt from Observation Blogger met at high noon to sort out their differences and it didn’t end pretty.