Alice? Who the F**K is Alice?

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22 avr. 2007, 0h32m

I will be dropping the F-bomb in this one a couple of times, but in mention of the title of a song, but if that offends you, you can be warned early.

This is a walk down memory lane for no particular reason, and I don't know what it was in the last two days that reminded me of this.

It comes back to me that probably in 1998, I went to a dance sponsored by the 4-H at North Dakota State University. The only reason I went was because one of the girls I often ate at the dining center with was involved. All and all it was a good time. I'd later start, or had I already started, dating that girl seriously. Good memories, though we eventually broke up in 2001.

But to get to the point, the last song of the night featured a song, that everyone seemed really pumped up about. In it was the line "...Living next door to Alice. Alice? Who the Fuck is Alice?"

Well that was an interesting bit of music. I know I had gone searching for this song after and had never found it. I admit I didn't try very hard.

So something came over me the other day and I went searching for the truth behind the song. I happened to find it on Wikipedia of all places.

So the song is a 1976 top 10 hit by the English Rock band Smokie. I was excited to finally find the song. I found it was actually named Living Next Door to Alice and not "Who the Fuck is Alice" as I had been told, though you will find that many people think this is what the song is called, and there IS a Smokie version as such, but we'll get to that. I quickly purchased the only version on iTunes. I was slightly perturbed to find that "Who the Fuck is Alice" was not in the song anywhere...

So a little more research. The song Who the X Is Alice was released by a "group" called Gompie. The artist isn't real. It's named after the Café in the Netherlands where it was made popular for the audience to reply during the Chorus "Alice? Who the Fuck is Alice?" A smart little man heard this once and decided to record it. It was a popular little thing.

Smokie was surprised during an Ireland Tour where the Audience replied this back to them. They decided, what the heck and rerecorded a new version with an English Comedian Who the Fuck Is Alice (Living Next Door to Alice), which became a top ten hit in England for them and I think elsewhere in 1995. Sadly the lead singer of Smokie died from injuries sustained in a accident involving their touring Bus. I believe royalties from the song where all given to the lead singers widow. what tragedy.

From what I can see there have been many "covers" of this, dance mixes, and more. I happen to have a version by a band called Torpedos that I got from a compilation album on iTunes.

The interesting twist to this is that downloading Living Next Door to Alice, has me thinking that other Songs by Smokie might be pretty good. I am currently trying to find out which album of theirs would be a good purchase, and then would come the challenge of actually finding one in print here in America... If push comes to Shove, there is always iTunes, but I think I'd want a hard copy. We'll see. It's a good feel Rock/Country/Pop/English music.

So for all of you out there wondering "Who the Fuck is Alice" this is the story and for all of you who "have" this or a song like it, make sure to get your Damn tags right, kay? The correct song name for the Smokie remake is: Who the Fuck Is Alice (Living Next Door to Alice).

The fans appreciate it.

Happy listening.

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  • texsguy

    When the hell did Chris Norman die? I never heard of this! I do have the 'who the f&*k is alice'' version,found it via WinMX under it's original name. I had a 1978 lp on Smokie (or was it from 1980),whose title escapes me at the moment,and was a WLP version. (I haven't a clue how I lucked into it,but sadly I no longer own it.)

    19 mai 2007, 13h58m
  • retiob

    i JUST HEARD IT FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS PAST WEEKEND IN MUNICH AT OCTOBERFEST. ALL OTHER 5000+ PEOPLE IN THE LAUNBRAU TENT SEEMED TO KNOW IT VERY WELL. IT WAS WILD! I JUST HEARD AND DOWNLOADED A COPY OF IT BUT BY THE GROUP DR. HOOK FROM THE 70'S BUT I DIDN'T SEE WHERE THEY WERE AKNOWLEDGED OF EVER DOING IT.

    30 sept. 2008, 23h42m
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