Living Next Door To Alice

Album: Greatest Hits (1976)
Charted: 5 25
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Songfacts®:

  • This overtly commercial song was a massive hit, but someone had to spoil it. Written by the regular team of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, the men who wrote hits for Suzie Quatro, Sweet and (the one they don't talk about) Gary Glitter, this was recorded initially by New World in 1972.

    In November 1976, it was released by Smokie, a group Chapman and Chinn were producing, for whom it was a massive hit, topping the charts in no fewer than seven countries. Curiously this was a double A-side, the other side being "Night Moves" by Bob Seger. Unfortunately, someone thought it was fit to parody, and in 1995, the Dutch project Gompie decided to add an unfortunate refrain to it: "Alice, Alice, who the f--k is Alice?" This version topped the Netherlands chart. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • In this song, the singer is heartbroken because Alice, his neighbor for 24 years, is moving away. He never expressed his feelings for her, but he clearly thought about her a lot. In the last verse, his other neighbor, Sally, says that she's been waiting 24 years for him, and she's still here, but he ignores her and continues to pine for Alice.

Comments: 5

  • Sithembiso from Empangeni-ngwelezaneI like very much old songs than these of the current times
  • Patricia B from Adelaide I grow up with the original living next door to Alice and loved it when the second version living next door to Alice (who in the f--k Alice) the second was a fantastic play on the original
  • Ron from New Orleans First time I heard this song was at Oktoberfest in Munich. The entire crowd joined in shouting Alice, who the f--k is Alice.
  • George from Vancouver, CanadaI've only heard the "Alice? Who the f--k is Alice?" version when played by a bar band here in Richmond, BC, Canada. Catchy.
  • Ross Harrison from AustraliaThe Alice, Alice who the f**k is Alice was common here in Australia back in the 80's and another line was the, 24 years, just waitin for a chance, to tell her how I'm feeling, and maybe get into her pants.
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