Tiffany at Home Nightclub, Friday, July 18

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Gather 'round kids, and let me tell you a story. In around 1987, 1988 or so, I started listening to popular music. Well, sorta-popular music; as a wee second grader, I was a fan of this one radio station in Cleveland that played a bunch of soft rock and such. I used to sit by my boombox -- which wasn't oversized, but large enough that it was bulky when I brought it to school to listen to during recess (wtf, little Annie?) -- and futz with the FM signal to tape songs off the radio.

This one tape in particular I practically wore out, playing over and over again. The songs on there are choice. Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker, "Up Where We Belong." REO Speedwagon, "In My Dreams." A bunch of spoof songs centered around the Cleveland Browns (when they were good). I'm pretty sure a Chicago or Peter Cetera song. And Tiffany's "Could've Been."

I was obsessed with that Tiffany song. It was her sappy ballad, the prototypical push for crossover appeal after her cover of "I Think We're Alone Now" made her a teenybopper icon.

And a few weeks ago, I found out that Tiffany -- yes, the Tiffany -- is performing at Home Nightclub on Friday, July 18. That just might get me out to St. Charles.

What she's been up to in recent years is actually too extensive to write about (this link sort of covers it all), but she's kept releasing new music and (like other teen icons) carved herself a nice niche in the dancefloor/electronica sector.

You know what video is after the jump.

-- Annie Zaleski

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