Pat Benatar, whose real name is Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, is an American singer who has placed 17 singles in Top40, sold more than 30 million albums and received 4 Grammy Awards alone.
It is by marrying Dennis Benatar at 18 that she will take her husband's name as the stage name. Husband from whom she will quickly separate.
She quickly left her job as a bank employee to run the auditions.
And it was in 1977 that this extraordinary singer, whose voice covers 4 octaves, got noticed in an amateur competition where she caused a sensation dressed in a vampire costume.
She signed with Chrysalis Records in 1978 and it was a year later that her first album "In the heat of the night" was released, from which her first big hit "Heartbraker" would be released.
The second album "Crimes of passion" was released in 1980 confirming the success of the previous one.
It notably contains the flagship single "Hit me with your best shot".
One of the biggest hits was to follow the album “Precious times” later, so the excerpt from “Fire and ice”. 1982 saw the release of the album "Get nervous" which contained the excellent "Shadows of the night".
A very special year for the singer who married her guitarist and producer Neil Giraldo.
The year 1983 will be the year of consecration with the release of what will remain as his biggest hit, namely "Love is a battlefield" and which will be illustrated by an anthology clip shot as a real short film.
A year later, another huge hit with "We belong" from the album "Tropico".
Another new album in 1985 "Seven the hard way" whose main extract will be "Invincible".
Sales are starting to slow down.
For the next album, it will take 3 years and 1988 to see "Wide awake in dreamland", with a much more rock sound.
The album enjoyed relative success in Anglo-Saxon countries, notably the flagship title "All fired up".
It will be the last major success and the years that follow will only confirm the slow and inexorable decline of this extraordinary singer made in the USA and who will remain as one of the most emblematic of the 80s.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
• Day gig 1974
• If you think you know how to love me 1979
• Heartbraker 1979
• We live for love 1980
• Rated X 1980
• You better run 1980
• Hit me with your best shot 1980
• Treat me right 1980
• Fire and ice 1981
• Promises in the dark 1981
• Shadows of the night 1982
• Little too late 1983
• Looking for a stranger 1983
• Anxiety (Get nervous) 1983
• Love is a battlefield 1983
• We belong 1984
• Painted desert 1984
• Ooh ooh song 1985
• Temporary heroes 1985
• Invicible 1985
• Sex as a weapon 1985
• Le bel âge 1986
• All fired up 1988
• Don't walk away1988
• One love 1989
• True love 1991
• Everybody lay down 1993
• Somebody's baby 1993
• Strawberry wine (Life is sweet) 1997
1974 ... the very first steps. At this stage, it is impossible to imagine the huge suite that is looming on the horizon for this very young singer ...
1979 ... the metamorphosis has indeed taken place. We find another Pat Bénatar ready to fulfill his destiny and to pulsate, it will pulsate !
1979 ... starting with this title ! A title totally boosted which allows her to obtain his first planetary top hit and which especially literally explodes her notoriety internationally. HU-GE !
1980 ... the signs of a more than obvious talent. Everything is there for the tube machine to quickly start running at full speed, something that will not be long in coming !
1980 ... the beginning of a decade particularly punchy and 100 % rock. A bias that does not succeed every time, the proof with this title which will not even be classified ...
1980 ... plethora of titles in this year 1980 and all in the same register. There are those who know success and those who do not really know it. This one would rather be part of the 1st category ...
1980 ... 100 % Rock, 1,000 % Rock, 10,000 % Rock ! For now, all the titles are similar and she does not seem to decide to change anything at this level ...
1980 ... the transition phase, the pure and hard rock side in the 70s version will slowly give way to more advanced rock in the 80s version. It was about time ...
1981 ... the proof with this new title clearly more structured than the previous ones where the sound carries the voice in a masterful way. All good !
1981 ... even if the musical base remains particularly punchy, the evolution in terms of sound is notorious. Rather auspicious for the future ...
1982 ... the mutation paid off with a huge first hit which made the singer one of the phenomena of the moment. Like what it was enough not much. MAS-TER-FUL !
1983 ... the Belle is now at cruising speed, the hits are linked one after the other. With more or less success. This will be classified in the '-' unfortunately ...
1983 ... hunt the natural, it comes back at a gallop. Too much energy doesn't really suit her these days, but she still hasn't understood it at first glance. Pity...
1983 ... a somewhat disappointing year 1983 compared to the previous two years. But it will not last, the best is yet to come !
1983 ... and the best, there it is ! She delivers here a HUGE title which will remain as the biggest success of all her discography and which makes her enter One Shot in the musical legend of the 80s. MO-NU-MEN-TAL !
1984 ... and what about that one ! She reoffends a year later with an equally huge title and proves vividly that she really has a talent that clearly outperforms the competition. MAS-TER-FUL !
1984 ... after having delivered 2 exceptional titles, the Belle will go completely under the radars with this one. And yet, it is not without quality, far from it. Go figure ...
1985 ... a transitional title that spins at 200 km/h Rockabilly version. At least original and totally atypical for the time. Daring bet but bet won on this one !
1985 ... another title that will go under the radar. But hey, given what is on the horizon, no reason to worry ...
1985 ... in full possession of its means. Everything becomes disconcertingly easy and the singer gets a new planetary star here on her prize list. Like what, it was enough to wait. HU-GE !
1985 ... "love as battlefield", "sex as a weapon" ... An obvious sado-maso aspect but which pays off in any case. And which especially appeals to the public. New top hit !
1986 ... an excellent title which will remain as one of its best. At the height of its possibilities. A single title in this year 1986 but what a title !
1988 ... back to pure rock. Difficult to hide its true nature for a very long time. Anyway, this rock version appeals to the public and that's the main thing !
1988 ... a soft force or a strong softness animates this title ... We hesitate. What is certain is that this year 1988 is a beautiful year where everything rolls like clockwork. Not sure it will last for years ...
1989 ... in the same vein. La Belle has somewhat settled down and the style is strongly affected. Another year with one title which shows above all that the singer is seriously starting to lose ground on the competition. Not necessarily a good sign of all that ...
1991 ... after a year 1990 empty, we find her in a form quite average in a jazzy style of the most amazing concerning her. So disconcerting that the public no longer knows what to think about it ...
1993 ... another empty year in 1992. The return to 1993 was not really inspired and relegated the singers to oblivion. And this is only the beginning of the end ...
1993 ... she succeeds in saving the furniture one last time with this title. Here she signs her latest notorious hit. This time in folko-country mode. She will have done everything !
1997 ... she tries to adapt to the latest trends of the moment but unfortunately there is nothing more to do about her. She is now a thing of the past and nothing, and no one, can change this ...
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