Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pat Benatar


Patricia Mae Andrzejewski was born on January 10, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York. She is an American singer and four time Grammy winner. She had considerable commercial success particularly in the United States.
When she came out to the music scene, the press often compared Pat Benatar with Blondie's front woman, Debbie Harry, creating parallels regarding the fact of two sexy, attractive, gutsy female rockers. Actually they are good friends, as revealed in Pat's autobiography and have toured together during the Call Me Invincible Tour in 2009. During the 1980s, Benatar had two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums and 19 Top 40 singles, including "Love Is a Battlefield", "Hit Me with Your Best Shot", "We Belong" and "Heartbreaker". Benatar was one of the most heavily played artists in the early days of MTV. Pat Benatar was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame at the Second Induction Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala held October 30, 2008. In June 2010, Benatar's memoir, Between a Heart and a Rock Place was released. The book touches on her battles with her record company Chrysalis, and the difficulties her career caused in her personal life. Initially reluctant to undertake the project, she found the actual writing process so enjoyable that it inspired her with plans to write a novel.

In the Heat of the Night (1979)

In the Heat of the Night is Pat Benatar's debut album, released on October 26, 1979. It features cover versions like Nick Gilder's "Rated X", John Mellencamp's "I Need a Lover", The Alan Parsons Project's "Don't Let it Show", Sweet's "No You Don't", and Smokie's "If You Think You Know How To Love Me" and "In the Heat of the Night. The album peaked at #12 in the U.S. (Platinum disc). The singles taken from this album were: I Need a Lover (#31 Netherlands), If You Think You Know How to Love Me, Heartbreaker (#23 U.S., #18 Canada), We Live for Love (#27 U.S., #8 Canada) and Rated X.





Tracklist:

1-) Heartbreaker.
2-) I Need a Lover.
3-) If You Think You Know How to Love Me.
4-) In the Heat of the Night.
5-) My Clone Sleeps Alone.
6-) We Live for Love.
7-) Rated X.
8-) Don't Let It Show.
9-) No You Don't.
10-) So Sincere.

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Crimes of Passion (1980)

Crimes of Passion is Pat Benatar's second studio album, released on August 6, 1980. The music video for the song "You Better Run" was the second music video ever aired on MTV in 1981. It features a cover version of Kate Bush's 1978 hit, Wuthering Heights. This album featured Myron Grombacher on drums, replacing Glen Alexander Hamilton. The album peaked at #2 in the U.S. selling 5 million albums there. (5 platinum discs), her highest selling album to date. The singles taken from this album were: You Better Run (#42 U.S.), Hit Me with Your Best Shot (#9 U.S., #10 Canada), Treat Me Right (#18 U.S., #12 Canada), I'm Gonna Follow You, and Hell Is for Children.





Tracklist:

1-) Treat Me Right.
2-) You Better Run.
3-) Never Wanna Leave You.
4-) Hit Me with Your Best Shot.
5-) Hell Is for Children.
6-) Little Paradise.
7-) I'm Gonna Follow You.
8-) Wuthering Heights.
9-) Prisoner of Love.
10-) Out-a-Touch.

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Precious Time (1981)

Precious Time is Pat Benatar's third studio album, released in July, 1981. It features a cover version of The Beatles' Helter Skelter. The album peaked at #1 in the U.S. (2 Platinum discs) and #30 in the U.K. The singles taken from this album were: Fire and Ice (#17 U.S., #4 Canada), Promises in the Dark (#38 U.S., #31 Canada), Precious Time, and It's a Tuff Life.





Tracklist:

1-) Promises in the Dark.
2-) Fire and Ice.
3-) Just Like Me.
4-) Precious Time.
5-) It's a Tuff Life.
6-) Take It Anyway You Want It.
7-) Evil Genius.
8-) Hard to Believe.
9-) Helter Skelter.

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Get Nervous (1982)

Get Nervous is Pat Benatar's fourth studio album, released on November, 1982. The is the first Benatar album to feature Charlie Giordano on keyboards, as Scott St. Clair Sheets left after Precious Time was released. The album peaked at #4 in the U.S. (Platinum disc) and #73 in the U.K. The singles taken from this album were: Shadows of the Night (#13 U.S., #12 Canada), Anxiety (Get Nervous), Little Too Late (#20 U.S.), and Looking for a Stranger (#39 U.S.).





Tracklist:

1-) Shadows of the Night.
2-) Looking for a Stranger.
3-) Anxiety (Get Nervous).
4-) Fight It Out.
5-) The Victim.
6-) Little Too Late.
7-) I'll Do It.
8-) I Want Out.
9-) Tell It to Her.
10-) Silent Partner.

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Live from Earth (1983)

Live from Earth is Pat Benatar's first live album, released in October, 1983. It also contains two studio tracks, "Love Is a Battlefield" and "Lipstick Lies", and these were produced by Neil Giraldo and Peter Coleman. A VHS concert titled "Pat Benatar in Concert" was released the same year but has different track listing. This was later released on DVD as "Live from New Haven". The album peaked at #13 in the U.S. (Platinum disc) and #70 in the U.K. The singles taken from this album were the album's new tracks: Love Is a Battlefield (#5 U.S., #2 Canada) and Lipstick Lies.





Tracklist:

1-) Fire and Ice.
2-) Looking for a Stranger.
3-) I Want Out.
4-) We Live for Love.
5-) Hell Is for Children.
6-) Hit Me with Your Best Shot.
7-) Promises in the Dark.
8-) Heartbreaker.
9-) Love Is a Battlefield.
10-) Lipstick Lies.

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Tropico (1984)

Tropico is Pat Benatar's fifth studio album, released on November 24, 1984. During the filming of the video for the single "Painted Desert", Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo discovered they were expecting their first child. It is also said by Benatar and Giraldo that this album is the first where they moved away from Benatar's famed "hard rock" sound and started experimenting with new, sometimes "gentler," styles and sounds. First album featuring Donnie Vossov replacing Roger Capps on Bass. The album peaked at #14 in the U.S. (Platinum disc), #31 in the U.K. The singles taken from this album were: We Belong (#5 U.S., #8 Canada), Diamond Field, Ooh Ooh Song (#36 U.S., #89 Canada), Temporary Heroes, and Painted Desert.





Tracklist:

1-) Diamond Field.
2-) We Belong.
3-) Painted Desert.
4-) Temporary Heroes.
5-) Love in the Ice Age.
6-) Ooh Ooh Song.
7-) The Outlaw Blues.
8-) Suburban King.
9-) A Crazy World Like This.
10-) Takin' It Back.

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Seven the Hard Way (1985)

Seven the Hard Way is Pat Benatar's sixth studio album, released in November, 1985. "Seven albums in seven years...Two dice...3½ dots each. Seven...the hard way." Pat commented at her concerts before performing "Invincible": "This is from one of the worst movies ever made." This statement refers to the film The Legend of Billie Jean, which did poorly at the box office, and became a cult classic to MTV fans in general. Scott St. Clair Sheets returns to the fold since 1981's Precious Time and Frank Linx replaces Donny Vossov on Bass. The album charted to #26 in the U.S. (Gold disc) and #79 in the U.K. The singles taken from this album were: Invincible (#10 U.S., #6 Canada), Sex as a Weapon (#28 U.S., #30 Canada), Le Bel Age (#54 U.S.), and Big Life.





Tracklist:

1-) Sex as a Weapon.
2-) Le Bel Age.
3-) Walking in the Underground.
4-) Big Life.
5-) Red Vision.
6-) 7 Rooms of Gloom.
7-) Run Between the Raindrops.
8-) Invincible.
9-) The Art of Letting Go.

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Wide Awake in Dreamland (1988)

Wide Awake in Dreamland is Pat Benatar's seventh studio album, released in June, 1988. After a string of successful albums, this was her last rock-oriented album of the 1980s, before she would go on to try a blues-based sound. The album charted to #28 in the U.S. (Gold disc) and #11 in the U.K. The singles released from this album were: All Fired Up (#19 U.S., #8 Canada), Don't Walk Away (#42 U.K.), Let's Stay Together, and One Love (#59 U.K.).





Tracklist:

1-) All Fired Up.
2-) One Love.
3-) Let's Stay Together.
4-) Don't Walk Away.
5-) Too Long a Soldier.
6-) Cool Zero.
7-) Cerebral Man.
8-) Lift 'em on Up.
9-) Suffer the Little Children.
10-) Wide Awake in Dreamland.

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True Love (1991) (***NEW***)

True Love is Pat Benatar's eighth studio album, released in April, 1991. It is a jump blues record. Pat Benatar recorded the album with Neil Giraldo, Myron Grombacher and the Roomful of Blues horn section and drummer. The album included the seasonal standard "Please Come Home for Christmas" as a bonus track, which was released to the US Troops serving in the Gulf War. The album is a combination of cover and original tracks. Pat Benatar was the May artist of the month for VH-1 in 1991 in support of the album. The album peaked to #37 in the U.S. and has sold more than 339, 000 copies in the U.S. This album spawned the following singles: True Love (#21 Netherlands), Payin' the Cost to Be the Boss (#17 U.S. Mainstream Rock charts), and So Long.



Tracklisting:

1-) Bloodshot Eyes.
2-) Payin' the Cost to Be the Boss.
3-) So Long.
4-) I've Got Papers on You.
5-) I Feel Lucky.
6-) True Love.
7-) The Good Life.
8-) Evening.
9-) I Get Evil.
10-) Don't Happen No More.
11-) Please Come Home for Christmas.

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Gravity's Rainbow (1993) (***NEW***)

Gravity's Rainbow is Pat Benatar's ninth studio album, released on June 1, 1993. It is named after, though bearing little other relation to, the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. The album charted to #85 in the U.S. and has sold over 160, 000 copies in the U.S. The following singles were taken from this album: Everybody Lay Down (#3 U.S. Mainstream Rock Charts), Somebody's Baby (#48 U.K.), Crazy, and Every Time I Fall Back.



Tracklisting:

1-) Pictures of a Gone World.
2-) Everybody Lay Down.
3-) Somebody's Baby.
4-) Ties That Bind.
5-) You & I.
6-) Disconnected.
7-) Crazy.
8-) Every Time I Fall Back.
9-) Sanctuary.
10-) Rise (Part 2).
11-) Kingdom Key.
12-) Tradin' Down.

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Innamorata (1997) (***NEW***)

Innamorata is Pat Benatar's tenth studio album, released on June 3, 1997. The album peaked to #171 in the U.S and up to this day it has sold over 65, 000 copies in the U.S. The following singles were released: Strawberry Wine, At This Time, and Papa's Roses.



Tracklisting:

1-) Guitar Intro.
2-) Only You.
3-) River of Love.
4-) I Don't Want to Be Your Friend (I Want to Be Your Lover).
5-) Strawberry Wine.
6-) Purgatory.
7-) Papa's Roses.
8-) At This Time.
9-) Dirty Little Secrets.
10-) Angry.
11-) In These Times.
12-) Innamorata.
13-) Gina's Song.

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Go (2003)

Go is Pat Benatar's eleventh and so far last studio album, released on August 12, 2003. The album charted to #187 in the U.S. selling more than 34, 000 copies in the U.S. The singles taken from this album were: Have It All and Go (#121 U.S.).





Tracklist:

1-) Go.
2-) Brave.
3-) I Won't.
4-) Have It All.
5-) Sorry.
6-) Please Don't Leave Me.
7-) Girl.
8-) Out of the Ruins.
9-) In My Dreams.
10-) Tell Me.
11-) Brokenhearted.
12-) Christmas in America (Hidden track).

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