This came about as the result of a studio mistake. Producer Bo Gentry inadvertently put the tape of their previous hit, "I Think We're Alone Now," on the player backwards. The group started listening to the chord progression as they played the reversed tape, and band member Ritchie Cordell wrote the lyrics to it.
This was released as the follow-up to "I Think We're Alone Now."
Suggestion credit: Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 2
Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 23rd 1967, "Mirage" by Tommy James and the Shondells entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #69; and on June 11th it peaked at #10 (for 1 week) and also spent 10 weeks on the Top 100... Between 1966 and 1970 the group had nineteen Top 100 records, with seven making the Top 10 and two reaching #1; "Hanky Panky" (for 2 weeks in 1966) and "Crimson and Clover" (for 2 weeks in 1969)... "Crystal Blue Persuasion" just missed making #1; it peaked at #2 (for 3 weeks) in 1969 and the three weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for those 3 weeks was "In the Year 2525" by Zager and Evans.
Charlie from Binghamton, NyMost of the Oldies stations are stuck in a rut playing the same 500 oldies over & over & over. They just play only the "Safe" songs and skip many good oldies artists..... Example... When was the last time you heard a Bobby Goldsboro song???
Scott from Palm Desert, CaI love this song. It is similar to "I think were alone now" but different. I love the singing.
Frank from Westminster, ScWhat a great song. I don't know why even the oldies stations never seem to play it anymore. I think the really dumb bubblegum music during this era swept away much of the good pop music the same way that the really wretched disco music swept away decent tunes of that era.
Keith from Slc, UtThere seems to be a hint of the theme from STAR TREK in there. The timing is right.
"What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes has endured as one of the most popular songs of the '90s, but it wasn't a huge hit at the time and the band split after one album. Frontwoman Linda Perry went on to write hits for Pink and Christina Aguilera.