Looking Glass, “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)”

If you’re a lover of pop culture, it’s likely that you’ve often encountered “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass. The Simpsons have dropped a couple references to the song, Kevin James turned in a memorable karaoke performance of “Brandy” in an episode of The King Of Queens, and, most recently, it served as a key plot point in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. The song has also had a number of urban legends grow up around it, the most durable of which is that it was based on an actual woman whose grave can be found in New Brunswick, NJ, which is where Looking Glass originated. That a Jersey college band hit #1 on the charts in 1972 with a song from their self-titled debut album that was originally a B-side should have been fantastical enough for people, but the false stories behind “Brandy” have persisted. In actuality, songwriter and Looking Glass lead singer Elliot Lurie simply made up the story from scratch, as he explained in an interview with The Tennessean in 2016. “Brandy is a made-up individual,” he said. “The name was derived from a high school girlfriend I had whose name was Randy with an ‘R.’ Usually when I write — I still do it the same way I did back then — I strum some guitar and kind of sing along with the first things that come to mind. Her name came up. Then I started writing the rest of the song, and it was about a barmaid. I I thought Randy was an unusual name for a girl, it could go either way, and (the song was about) a barmaid, so I changed it to Brandy.” So now that the myths have been settled, what is it about the song that fascinates to this day. Well, first of all, it’s an irresistibly romantic story, economically and expertly told by Lurie. The first verse... Sign In to Keep Reading

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