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This guy was just 19 and was putting the finishing touches on his first album, but this song wasn't even a thought.
He says that in 1983, he was in a recording studio in Manchester, England, where it was raining just about every day. He had a brand new pair of Ray Ban sunglasses, but no chance to ever use them.
So returns to his hometown of Montreal with a cassette in hand, containing the 11 songs that are slated to be his debut album, ‘First Offense”.
By late summer 1983, the album was in the hands of Capitol Records and they liked what they heard.
So, you'd think he would be able to sit back and relax, right?
He says that he was "kinda like a writing magnet in those days, so the song ideas kept flowing even though we were done with the recording."
He started working on a song called "My Cigarette Got Wet” , even though he never smoked. Soon, he had recorded a demo of "Cigarette," but it didn’t sit right with him, so one night, he took out the demo, and just blurted out: the title of today’s song over the melody.
And like that, today’s song was born! And he LOVED it and knew it would be a hit, so he promised it would do well if Capitol records would add it, VERY last minute, to his just completed debut album.
He was right! The song topped out at #7 on the hot 100 in the summer of 1984!
When this song was released in Canada in November of 1983, today’s artist remembers hearing his soon-to-be-life-changing-hit for the first time, but says "I only caught 30 seconds before I blew out my car speakers because I had cranked the volume up to overload!"
Soon after, he says that the moment when he first realized that he had a hit on his hands, was when he was mobbed in Detroit at the airport in June 1984. He had arrived as the opening act for Rick Springfield. He calls being escorted through the airport "surreal."
Corey Hart...Sunglasses at Night...I Know That Song