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Some days you just need to stick it to the man! This is a day that is like that for the Wild Heart for reasons unspecified.

So here it is folks: the 10 best songs that bring out the rebel in the wild heart – or at least the angry side! Even more funnier is the fact that some of these have been used in film!

1) We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister. One thing that Twisted Sister did best was portraying rebellion of any kind. However their specialty was teenage rebellion. This rang true in their classic videos on MTV when they cast Mark Metcalf (best known for his role as the sadistic asshole that is ROTC leader Lt. Doug Niedermeyer in the John Landis classic National Lampoon’s Animal House. I must say this has to be a sequel to Animal House – even though it says at the end that Niedermeyer was shot by his own troops in Vietnam. Sadly I guess he survived. 

2) Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears. If you have ever seen the film Real Genius with a very young (and handsome) Val Kilmer, you will know that this is the song that’s played at the end of the film. The film itself is about a group of Pacific Tech student scientists who are tricked into building a tracking device for a weapon. When they find out they were tricked, they exact a little revenge on the dean of students, Dr. Jerry Hathaway. Needless to say that due to his misdeeds (and felonies), he got what he deserved! On a more personal note, I had two of these in college. One was (I kid you not) a campus minister with the Baptist Student Ministry. Anyways, she would always act extremely rude to me and some of my friends. When I finally got the nerve to leave her group because of her sorry ass, she basically went from bad to worse: I joined another Christian group on campus and she tried to kick them out of the room (which the BSM owned) in the chapel at UH. She also asked friends of mine to leave the free lunch (which was open to the entire campus) that the BSM hosted just because my friend wanted another piece of pizza which they were throwing in the trash – why waste it? Thankfully she is no longer at that campus (they moved her to the UH Downtown campus) so its safe to say “good riddance” to her. The other one tried to falsely accuse me of something just to have me removed.

3) I Wanna Rock – Twisted Sister.  If you ever had a mean teacher like this in highschool you can totally relate to this!! I did. She was my highschool algebra teacher

4) Invincible – Pat Benatar. According to Pat Benatar’s autobiography Between A Heart & A Rock Place, this was filmed shortly after the birth of her first child. In other words, her record label back then, Chrysalis, didn’t give her any sort of maternity leave because they were absolutely against her and her husband/guitarist Neil Giraldo having a baby. They thought it would ruin her sexy-rocker persona. One can only imagine that the bite in her vocals maybe was aimed at those snakes at Chrysalis.

5) You Better Run – Pat Benatar.

6) Land of Confusion – Genesis. Probably one of the most creative yet creepiest music videos ever made. The video drew much criticism for showing then-US president Ronald Reagan as stupid and out of touch with the rest of the world. The video came from the hit British television show Spitting Image. The funny thing is that some of the stuff rings true today especially when it comes to how the US dollar is pretty much in the toilet, the terrible state of the US economy

7) Volunteers – Jefferson Airplane. Lead singer Grace Slick definetly lived up to this song. She was friends with the likes of Abbie Hoffman and once tried to spike then-President Richard Nixon’s tea with 600 micrograms of LSD.

8) Crazy On You – Heart. Suprisingly enough, this is actually a protest song! According to the Wilson sisters, this is a song that was written in response to the war in Vietnam. At the time of writing, their boyfriends were draft-dogers living in Canada.

9) Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who. This was probably one of the best performances the Who ever did. It was after the horrible events of September 11, 2001 where 3 hijacked commercial airlines hit Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and a field in Shanksville, PA – the latter was thought to be headed towards the White House. This was part of the Concert For New York City at Madison Square Garden. In some ways, this was the Who, as British citizens, were maybe saying “we are with you. Kill those terrorist bastards!” The Who themselves have said that this was one of their best performances to date. 10 years later we caught and killed the mastermind behind all of  the terror: Osama Bin Ladin.

10) Kerosene – Miranda Lambert. Word to the wise: don’t mess with Miranda Lambert! 

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Pat Benatar, live, 2007-09-07

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Beyonc’s Pregnancy Boosts Her Record Sales | Rolling Stone Music.

Wow! That’s crazy-cool. Now, here is the funny thing: about 26-27 years ago, according to Pat Benatar’s autobiography, Between A Heart & A Rock Place; her record company, Chrysalis, went absolutely berserk upon finding out that she was with child.

I guess sex symbols aren’t supposed to grow up. But who’s to say that pregnancy isn’t a beautiful thing.


Tropico (album)

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Throughout her career, Pat Benatar has worn many wardrobes: angry rocker chick, sultry singer, wife to guitarist Neil Giraldo, and on 1984’s Tropico, impending motherhood. Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo found out that they were pregnant with their firstborn [their duaghter Haley] between the video shoot for Painted Desert and the recording of We Belong.

As with impending motherhood and the requirement of growing up, Benatar and Giraldo grow up musically with this album. This is well shown in the lyrics of Takin’ It Back. Benatar and Giraldo trade in the hard rock that made In the Heat Of The Night, Crimes of Passion and even Get Nervous for a more pop-oriented sounding album. Also, gone is the anger and grit that made those albums. Instead, a considerably toned-down persona has taken its place. Surprisingly, it fits Benatar very well.

There’s literally is no weak track on Tropico. This is perhaps Benatar’s strongest effort since Crimes of Passion. Also, it relies less on the angry rock and more on optimism, which is shown on Diamond Field and the album’s hit single We Belong.

However, some of the best tracks aren’t even 100% hit material – such as Love In the Ice Age and A Crazy World Like This.

Overall, this is a “don’t miss” album by Pat Benatar.


Get Nervous

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Pat Benatar is one of those artists that can be angry, sweet, and in this case, insane within one album: Get Nervous.

One of the greatest things about what Benatar does is that she sings from her gut. She does this well on Anxiety (Get Nervous). As a listener, you can feel the fear and trembling in the opening lines “I feel a little shaky, I can’t control my nerves/I know you think I’m freakin’, but can’t you feel the curves?/I swear to you this feeling it scares me half to death/It gathers in my throat and it gathers up my breath.” She also screams and cries her way through Fight It Out and Tell It To Her.

Benatar and husband-guitarist Neil Giraldo are also ones that know how to write an inspiring anthem.  Shadows of the Night is a clear follow-up to her signature hit Hit Me With Your Best Shot from her 1980 album Crimes of Passion. It is a song about running into the arms of love despite anything bad happening. However, Benatar and her band return to their classic music formula with Little Too Late, which is an amazing rock song. However that’s only a warm-up to creepily amazing I’ll Do It.

Get Nervous is essentially a concept album without actually being a concept album. In this case the concept is Pat Benatar goes insane. Insane about what? From possibly her 2010 autobiography it could be a metaphor for both her relationship with her then-record company, Chrysalis, and all of their demands. Concept albums aside, Get Nervous is a keeper!


Pat Benatar is one of those voices that can do any sort of genre: pop, rock, metal, country and even swing. However, most people love her as the pint-sized rocker who can blow everyone out of their seats. She does that throughout her album Precious Time.

Don’t be fooled by her niceness or even sultry style because she will blow you away – which is exactly what she does on Promises In the Dark. It’s one of those songs that you think is gonna be a nice and slow sad song, but alas, it is not.

This album, unlike other albums by Benatar, has many twists and turns and possibly foreshadows what is to come with her smash album Get Nervous. One excellent example of this is Fire and Ice – it has a sort of suspenseful feel to it, but takes a different approach than its predecessor In The Heat of the Night – the title track from her debut album.

Often, she seems to take jabs at her now-husband Neil Giraldo, whom she was broken up with at the time on such songs as Promises in the Dark and It’s a Tuff Life and even continues it on Take It Any Way You Want It. She says “You hate to say you were wrong/ You want contentment but ya’ can’t be that strong/ You see the shadow on the window blind/ but that shadow will never be mine/ so what/ You deserve everything that you got/ Ya’ think I’m gonna be there, but I’m not/ So take it any way you want it/ Take it anyway you please/ Take it anyway you want it/ But I don’t think you wanna bother me.” However, remember this was Benatar at her absolute angriest.

One interesting thing about this album is that it has not one, but two cover songs: Just Like Me by Paul Revere & the Raiders and Helter Skelter by the Beatles. As someone who has yet to hear both songs, she makes me want to listen to the originals and compare them to hers. Her covers simply rock and they take no prisoners!

But there is one weakness here: the album can get a tad formulaic at times, but is still very much in the style of classic Pat Benatar. Hard to Believe is a prime example of this.

B+


Pat Benatar is one of the feistiest singers in rock & roll. In 1979, she hit the music scene with a vengeance with In The Heat of the Night.

Benatar exclaims to her ex-lover “you’re a heartbreaker/dream-maker/love-taker don’t you mess around with me” on the smash single Heartbreaker. Benatar’s gritty albeit beautiful vocals, combined with guitarist and future husband Neil Giraldo‘s searing guitar solos, make this track one of the quintessential songs of Benatar’s career.

Subtlety works well on the title track. The bass line, combined with a much more vocally subdued Benatar, makes this for one unforgettable early Benatar track.  It gives it a suspenseful feel. In a possible homage to the movie The Stepford Wives, Benatar tells of a fake woman living the life of another in My Clone Sleeps Alone.

One of the weaker tracks is If You Think You Know How To Love Me. It is essentially filler music and does absolutely nothing to make the album better.

Benatar shines on such other tracks as We Live For Love and Rated X. Rated X talks about a porn star who seeks out love in all the wrong places. While she wants love, all of the men that she seeks out want sex. According to husband Neil Giraldo in her autobiography Between a Heart and a Rock Place, We Live for Love was written as a love song for Pat Benatar by her future husband. However, she thinks otherwise that it was written for another woman.

Though it is not a perfect album, it is still a good album. In The Heat of the Night only gives us a taste of what to expect of her other albums including her followup to this album, Crimes of Passion and Precious Time.

 


When you have classical opera training behind your belt in rock music, you can’t lose. Pat Benatar is no exception to this rule with her release of Crimes of Passion.

Both Benatar and Giraldo kick the album off with a nice request for a man to treat a woman with dignity with the album-opener “Treat Me Right” – which is a stark contrast to her previous album opener: the hit single “Heartbreaker” on her first album In the Heat of the Night“Treat Me Right” is also a rather significant song in rock music history: it was the second music video that aired on the then-fledgling Mtv.

However, knowing Benatar’s trademark angry style, she kicks it into high-gear shortly after with the hit single “You Better Run” where she screams the chorus you better run/ you better hide/you better leave from my side. She continues this on the heavy-lyric-laden but guitar driven (no thanks to her husband Neal Giraldo) “Hell is for Children.” “Hell is for Children” is a song that speaks of the horrors of child abuse.

One nice change on this album is the fact that this time Benatar shows her soft side with such songs as the lushful rocker “Never Wanna Leave You” and her beautiful albeit with a rock touch cover of the Kate Bush classic “Wuthering Heights.”

Overall the album is a great album. B+