You Better Run: 10 Other Great Pat Benatar Songs
Pat Benatar is one of the greatest vocalists of all-time, the woman behind numerous memorable hits such as "Heartbreaker," "You Better Run" and the ever-popular "Hit Me With Your Best Shot." However, she has had many other great songs throughout her career, from albums such as In the Heat of the Night, Crimes of Passion, and Tropico.
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Since Benatar and husband/guitarist Neil Giraldo will be coming to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Friday with Journey and Loverboy, I thought it would be a great idea to show some of the lesser-known tracks of her career.
10. "In the Heat of the Night"
A well-known fact about Benatar is that she originally trained to be an opera singer and was even slated to audition for Juilliard. However, she decided not to audition because she wanted to get married to her first husband, Dennis Benatar, who was headed off to Vietnam, shortly after she graduated high school.
Years went by and she decided to return to singing after seeing Liza Minnelli in concert. Later, while recording her first album, 1979's In the Heat of the Night, Benatar would recall that those first recordings sounded like "Julie Andrews trying to sing rock and roll." However, the real problem was that she needed a great guitar player to back her up - enter Neil Giraldo.
On this hauntingly good song, you can hear Benatar in both higher and a somewhat lower register.
9. "You Better Run"
This track put Benatar in the music history books: It was the second song to be played on MTV when the channel launched in 1981. The song not only was pivotal in bringing forth a network that forever changed the face of the music industry, but it changed Benatar's life as well. In Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks' book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, Benatar recalled that "within a week, we couldn't go anywhere without being recognized. It changed everything in one week."
8. "Walking In the Underground"
Shortly after Benatar gave birth to her daughter, her label Chrysalis started demanding that they record yet another album by enforcing their "new record every nine months" portion of her contract. This essentially gave her no maternity leave; Benatar and Giraldo hadn't even written any new songs yet. That album, Seven the Hard Way, ended up selling considerably less than Benatar's previous albums, achieving only gold status.
For all its drama, Seven the Hard Way does have a few decent tracks, like "Walking In the Underground." It reminds me of some sort of score that you may hear in an old film noir movie from the 1940s.