December 22, 2008

Bedtime Music: Pat Benatar - Love is a Battlefield

As promised last week, this week's theme will be female vocalists, starting off with Pat Benatar (whom I've seen live in concert). By 1983, when Love is a Battlefield came out (on the album, Live from Earth), Pat was already a well-established artist. She had called songwriters Mike Chapman and Holly Knight, asking for a hit for her next album, and they came up with this song. Except that they really wrote it as a ballad instead of an up-tempo dance song. When the album came out, Chapman and Knight were shocked:

"When Mike and I first heard it we were horrified, we hated it, because it was so different. But then it became such a huge hit, and we had to step out and say, You know, they did a very good rendering of it, and that's how it was meant to be. There's lots of ways you can hear that song, and they're all good." (Songfacts)

Because Michael Jackson's music video Thriller had recently come out, Pat's video also has a group dance scene in the second half.

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