As most children of the '80s did, I used to dance around my bedroom singing Michael Jackson and Debbie Gibson songs into my hairbrush. At the top of my "setlist" was a little song called "I Think We're Alone Now." If you're a product of the '80s, there's a good chance that was blaring on your walkman all the time, too. Am I right? The girl behind one of the biggest pop songs of the '80s in now trying her hand at country music. When I opened up my mailbox to see a Tiffany CD, my first thought was it had to be some sort of joke. I mean, really? I review country music. Why bother listening to this? Well, boy, was I wrong. Her album "Rose Tattoo" is, in fact, country -- really country.
Turns out Tiffany isn't a stranger to country music and Nashville. She performed on The Ralph Emery Show at the age of 10 and has performed alongside George Jones. She's also an accomplished songwriter and co-wrote 7 of the album's 8 tracks. Who knew? Maybe this record won't be so bad after all...
The album's leadoff track, "Feel the Music," is a great Nashville anthem. With the annual CMA Music Festival approaching, I can't help but think about how great this song would sound blaring from the speakers as thousands of country music fans check out the honkytonk scene on Broadway. It's just a feel-good song that makes you want to party it up country-style. Is there really any other way?!
"Crazy Girls" lyrically reminds me of a country version of Cyndi Lauper's '80s pop smash "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." It's about getting together with your girls, causing trouble, and just having a good time. "Crazy Girls" features Lindsey Lawler, who seems to be the Thelma to Tiffany's Louise, singing "bring the boys to their knees like Thelma and Louise."
"He Won't Miss Me" is arguably the most country song on the record. There's something about a steel guitar that just makes a song sound like the raw truth. The vocals are beautiful and the musicianship is most positively country.
Whether you're an '80s child wanting to reminisce on a voice of your childhood or just a country fan looking for some new tunes, check her out. "Rose Tattoo" is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and her official online store at www.tiffanytunes.com.
Kristi Olson CMTT Music Contributor
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In addition to scoring several big bubblegum pop hits in the late '80s, teen queen Tiffany also helped pave the way for the decade's ultimate (and most successful) teenybopper band, the New Kids on the Block. Born Tiffany Renee Darwish on October 2, 1971, in Oklahoma, Tiffany began singing at an early age, but it wasn't the light pop style that she would eventually become known for. The young singer started off performing country & western songs, eventually getting discovered by country music veterans Hoyt and Mae Axton during the early '80s, while performing at a country nightclub in Los Angeles. For the next few years, Tiffany appeared on TV (including an appearance on Ed McMahon's Star Search), continued to perform concerts (including opening a show for Jerry Lee Lewis and George Jones in Texas), and recorded several demos, in hope of landing a recording contract. In early 1986, Tiffany signed on with manager George Tobin, which would lead to problems later when it became known in that Tobin had "absolute control" over her career (since she was a minor at the time, Tiffany's mother signed for her, and later regretted having a divorce lawyer examine the papers instead of an entertainment lawyer). But Tobin did get the still-teenaged singer a recording contract with MCA, which issued Tiffany's self-titled debut in early 1987.
The album was promoted initially by a concert tour of U.S. malls, but it wasn't until later in the year ...