“Here I Go Again” is a song recorded by Whitesnake. Originally released on their 1982 album, Saints & Sinners, the song was re-recorded for their eponymous 1987 album Whitesnake. The song was re-recorded yet another time that year in a new “radio-mix” version. The 1987 album version hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 10, 1987, and number nine on the UK Singles Chart on November 28, 1987. The 1987 version also hit number one on the Canadian Singles Chart on October 24, 1987. In 2006, the 1987 version was named the 17th Greatest Song of the 1980s by VH1.
The song was written by lead singer, David Coverdale, and former Whitesnake guitarist, Bernie Marsden. The most notable differences between the original and revamped version are the style of the music (blues-rock versus hard rock) and a slight change in the lyrics. The chorus of the original version features the lines:
“An’ here I go again on my own
Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known
Like a hobo I was born to walk alone”
In an interview, Coverdale claimed he changed the lyric because he was afraid people would think he was saying “homo” instead of “hobo”.
The music video for the song was directed by Marty Callner, who directed most of Whitesnake’s videos in the 1980s. It became memorable due to actress Tawny Kitaen’s appearance wearing white lingerie. In the video she is seen prancing on the hood of Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale’s Jaguar XJ and massaging him while he is trying in vain to concentrate on driving. Kitaen would later become Coverdale’s wife for a brief period.
The music video was parodied in the O.C. episode “The Summer Bummer”, the American Dad! episode “Dungeons and Wagons”, as well as the films Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Death Proof. It was also featured a number of times in the Frat Pack film Old School. It was featured being sung by Nicholas D’Agosto and Eric Christian Olsen during the credits of Fired Up!
It was also parodied in Bowling for Soup’s “1985″ music video. Originally recorded by SR-71, the song itself contains further references with the lyrics “She was gonna shake her ass/On the hood of Whitesnake’s car”.
David Coverdale – lead vocals
Bernie Marsden – guitar, backing vocals
Micky Moody – guitar
Neil Murray – bass
Jon Lord – keyboards
Ian Paice – drums
All information from www.wikipedia.org