The whole song, except for the chorus, are parts made up from the 1964 teen advice book Penny's Guide to Teen-Age Charm and Popularity, written by television actress Gloria Winters.
Initially offered in a calm, deadpan voice, the lyrics gradually build Kinison-style in teen angst and rage. "Popular" was also a big hit in France, reaching the Top 10 with a total chart run of 15 consecutive weeks in the French Top 50.
It was also used in France in a TV commercial for the radio station Fun Radio, which was then the most influential radio station among teenagers.
At the same time, I'm also deeply fascinated by breakups, divorces, and the theory that not all love is meant to last.
I also find that those who have loved and lost often times gain very valuable emotional insight, something I discovered while dating in Manhattan—not to sound all Carrie Bradshaw, but it's true.
"One partner can't do all the trying on his or her own," says Bowman.