Tuesday, October 7, 2014


....Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler. You know, just one of those understated Jim Steinman ballads. Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler had only hit the US charts once before in 1977 with her smash hit It's A Heartache (#3) so no one expected it when she came blowing back onto the charts with one of the most iconic, dramatic power ballads of all time, Total Eclipse of the Heart. The song was written by Steinman, known for similar work with Meatloaf and Air Supply, and became the biggest career hit for Tyler when it reached #1 on the Hot 100 on October 1, 1983 and stayed there for four weeks. It was the sixth biggest hit in the US in 1983. The video, like the song, is a over-sized, nonsensical joyride of craziness. Bonnie is some sort of boys' school official at a boarding house for scantily clad artsy twinks. One of them has a nasty eye infection it appears. It really makes no sense at all, but who cares? Not I. Watch, love and eclipse something. Here is the #1 song from this day 31 years ago, Total Eclipse of the Heart. BONUS!! Watch the video and then the hysterical LITERAL VIDEO version just below. You'll laugh 'til you stop.

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