Pat Benatar Part Two
I’m happy to type, Pat Benatar Part Two, because you knew that I was going to do another one, after you you read the first one.
1982— 1983: Precious Time, Get Nervous, And Live From Earth
In July 1981, her third LP, Precious Time was released. A month later on, the album hit # 1 on the Billboard US Top 200 LP chart. It was also her very first to chart in the UK, reaching # 30. The album‘s lead single, “Fire and Ice“, (co-written by band member Scott Sheets) was another big hit (US # 17, AUS # 30) as well as won Benatar her second Grammy Award, this time around for “Best Female Rock Vocal Performance“ of 1981 and also her third successive RIAA certified platinum album. In Canada it was certified double platinum and peaked at number 2 on the albums chart. “Promises in the Dark“ (US # 38) was likewise released.
In August 1981, Benatar‘s video for “You Better Run“ was the second clip broadcast by MTV, after the Buggles song “Video Killed theRadio Star“. The Benatar video was especially selected by MTV to echo the message to the radio industry included in “Video Killed the Radio Star“, that things were most likely to change.
A hit single, “Shadows of the Night“, (US # 13, AUS #19) declared a new LP, Get Nervous, released in late 1982. The album was an additional hit, reaching US # 4, her fourth successive RIAA as well as CRIA platinum certification, and also the single garnered Benatar her third Grammy, once again for “Best Female Rock Vocal Performance“ of 1982. The follow-up singles, “Little Too Late“ and “Looking for a Stranger“, were additionally successful, hitting US # 20 as well as # 39 specifically. The WWII-themed music video for “Shadows of the Night“ included then-unknown actors Judge Reinhold and also Bill Paxton as an American fighter copilot and a German radio operator, specifically. The album was certified platinum in Canada where it peaked at 16 on the album charts.
By 1983, Benatar had actually established a reputation for singing regarding “tough“ subject matters, finest exhibited by one of the greatest hits of her career, “Love Is a Battlefield“ (penned by noted hit songwriter Holly Knight with Mike Chapman), released in December 1983. By then, her sound had actually mellowed from hard rock to more atmospheric pop and also the story-based video for “Love Is a Battlefield“ was intended directly at MTV, also including Benatar in a Michael Jackson-inspired group dance number. This brand-new pop/rock direction was a big commercial success, with the single peaking at number 5 in the USA, and also # 1 in Australia for seven consecutive weeks. The song gained interest in the UK where it peaked at # 49. The song additionally netted Benatar her fourth consecutive Grammy Award for “Best Female Rock Vocal Performance“ of 1983. A live album, Live from Earth, which was recorded throughout Benatar‘s sold-out ‘Get Nervous‘ world tour of America as well as Europe in 1982 and also 1983, had two studio tracks, “Love Is a Battlefield“ and “Lipstick Lies“. The album peaked at US # 13 as well as became her fifth successive RIAA and also CRIA platinum winner. The album peaked at 25 on the Canadian albums chart.
1984— 1986: Tropico, Seven The Hard Way
In August 1984, Benatar released her fifth studio album, Tropico (US # 14, AUS # 9, UK # 31). The single “We Belong“, released in October 1984, a month prior to the album release, came to be another top 10 hit in the US peaking at # 5 and also # 7 in Australia. It was likewise Benatar‘s very first UK top 40 hit, where it peaked at # 22. A second single release, “Ooh Ooh Song“, reached US # 36. It is also said by Benatar and Giraldo that this album is the very first where they moved away from Benatar‘s famed “hard rock“ sound as well as begin experimenting with brand-new, sometimes “gentler“, styles and also sounds. Regardless of not quite making the US Top 10, it instantly earned her a sixth consecutive RIAA and CRIA platinum-certified album. In Canada, the album peaked at 21 on the album charts.
After the chart success of “We Belong“ in the UK, “Love is a Battlefield“ was re-released in early 1985 as well as became her highest chart hit there, reaching #17.
“ We Belong“ was also nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1986. Benatar‘s first nomination in that category.
In 1985, she released her sixth studio album, Seven the HardWay. Benatar hit the US Top 10 with the Grammy nominated single “Invincible“ (the theme from the film The Legend of Billie Jean) (# 10) which was written by Holly Knight (Love Is a Battlefield) and also Simon Climie in 1985, three full months prior to the album| cd was released. Her other Grammy nominated single, “Sex As a Weapon“, climbed up as high as # 28 in January 1986, and “Le Bel Age“ (# 54) in February. The album Seven the Hard Way peaked at # 26, earning an RIAA Gold certification (import CD). In Canada, it was her seventh| 7th} successive platinum certified album as well as it peaked at 36 on the albums sales chart. In Benatar‘s memoir, Between a Heart and also a Rock Place, she said, “Out of all the albums, Seven the Hard Way cos the most to make and sold the least.“ The album sold about 600,000 US copies.
1987— 1988: Best Shots And Wide Awake In Dreamland
In July 1988, Benatar released her seventh studio album, Wide Awake in Dreamland (US # 28, UK # 11). The Grammy nominated as well as lead single, “All Fired Up“ (written by Kerryn Tolhurst, ex-The Dingoes) reached # 19 in both the U.S. and also the U.K., and was a # 2 hit in Australia, becoming one of the biggest hits of 1988 in that country. Other singles released from the LP are “Don’t Walk Away“ (UK # 42), the Grammy nominated “Let‘s Stay Together“, as well as “One Love“ (UK # 59). The album additionally earned an RIAA gold certification and also was her eighth consecutive platinum certified album in Canada, where it peaked at 11 on the albums chart.
1989— Present: True Love, Gravity‘s Rainbow, And Go
True Love was a jump blues record, released in late April 1991, and included the blues band Roomful of Blues, backing up Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo as well as Myron Grombacher. The album sold over 339,000 copies without significant radio airplay and also limited exposure on VH-1. “Payin‘ the Cost to Be the Boss“, “So Long“, and the title cut were released as singles. The album reached # 40 in the UK as well as # 37 in the US. It was certified gold in Canada for sales of 50,000 units, her very first to not achieve platinum status and also her last certified album for that country where it peaked at 22 on the albums sales chart.
Gravity‘s Rainbow (US # 85) was released in 1993 and was a return to the AOR category. “Everybody Lay Down“ was picked up by Album Rock radio as well as went all the way to # 3. The single was never released to Top 40/Contemporary Hit Radio and also a music video was never produced. “Somebody‘s Baby“ was rather released as the single to Top 40 radio and a music video produced. In Canada the album peaked at 44 on the albums sale charts.
A third track was scheduled as well as a video shot for “Everytime I Fall Back“, however the single was never released as well as the music video was lost when Chrysalis was sold to EMI Records. Benatar had actually become pregnant once more and also this might have had an impact on her label‘s assistance of the album. The tour for this album was just seven days, interrupted due to the pregnancy. This was Benatar‘s last album recorded for Chrysalis records. With extremely little promotion from Chrysalis, Gravity‘s Rainbow failed to have the same commercial success as Benatar‘s previous works. According to SoundScan, the album sold approximately 160,000 copies in the USA. It is currently available in a two-in-one release with True Love (import).
Innamorata (US # 171) was released in 1997 on the CMC International record label. A single video was produced for “Strawberry Wine (Life is Sweet)“. According to SoundScan, the album sold close to 65,000 copies.
Benatar has released just one album of brand-new material since 1997‘s Innamorata, which is 2003‘s Go(US # 187). The album consisted of the 9/11 charity single, “Christmas in America“ as a bonus track. A video was produced for the single “Have It All“, however was never released until it was leaked on YouTube in 2012; the only video from this album is for the bonus track. They reunited with Holly Knight with Neil and also Holly cowriting the song “Girl“.The hard rock title track “Go!“ ended up being a popular performance song for Benatar‘s future concerts. According to SoundScan, the album has currently sold nearly 34,000 copies.
In November 2015, Benatar recorded and released a holiday song called “One December Night“.
In January 2017, Benatar recorded the song “Shine“ to support the Women‘s March on January 21, 2017. Thisis her first original non-holiday recording in over ten years. In September of the same year Benatar once again teamed with songwriter as well as producer Linda Perry for the song “Dancing Through the Wreckage“, which was the lead single from the soundtrack for the documentary Served Like a Girl. In October 2017 the song entered the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, ultimately peaking at # 22 in November. The song also got a nomination for Best Song from a Documentary from the Critics‘ Choice Awards.