Nov 13, 2013

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As we reach the end of Aetix' females in the eighties, today one of the most successful rock chics of the eighties, only surpassed in sales by Madonna, yet she's hardly a household name. Her first 6 albums all went platinum in the States, her artist name must have hurt, it was her already ex husbands surname that was on her first album, she's carried that name for decades to come, despite having been happily married with her band leader guitarist Neil Geraldo since Februari 1982.

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Pat Benatar's polished mainstream pop/rock made her one of the more popular female vocalists of the early '80s. Although she came on like an arena rocker with her power chords, tough sexuality, and powerful vocals, her music was straight pop/rock underneath all the bluster. Born Patricia Andrzejewski on January 10, 1953, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the singer was raised in the nearby town of Lindenhurst on Long Island, NY.

She pursued health education at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. At 19, after one year at Stony Brook, she dropped out to marry her high school sweetheart Dennis Benatar, who was stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia. there for three years, and Pat worked as a bank teller outside Richmond, Virginia. In 1973, Benatar quit her job as a bank teller to pursue a singing career after being inspired by a Liza Minnelli concert she saw in Richmond. She got a job as a singing waitress at a flapper-esque nightclub named The Roaring Twenties and got a gig singing in lounge band Coxon's Army, a regular at Sam Miller's basement club. The band's bassist Roger Capps also would go on to be the original bass player for the Pat Benatar Band. Her big break came in 1975 at an amateur night at the comedy club Catch a Rising Star in New York. Her rousing rendition of Judy Garland's "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody" earned her a call back by club owner Rick Newman, who would become her manager.

The couple headed back to New York following Dennis' discharge from the army, and Benatar went on to be a regular member at Catch a Rising Star for close to three years, until signing a record contract. She would eventually divorce Dennis Benatar in 1979.
Between appearances at Catch a Rising Star and recording commercial jingles for Pepsi Cola and a number of regional concerns, she headlined New York City’s Tramps nightclub from March 29 - April 1, 1978, where her performance impressed representatives from several record companies. She was signed to Chrysalis Records by co-founder Terry Ellis the following week.

Backed by a stellar band led by guitarist Neil Geraldo that provided the perfect accompaniment that was able to effortlessly alternate between rockers and ballads. Benatar quickly established herself as one of rock's top vocalists, scoring a hit right of the bat with her debut album, 1979's In the Heat of the Night, which spawned such radio favorites as "Heartbreaker" and "I Need a Lover" (the latter of which was written by a then-unknown John Mellencamp).

Pat married guitarist and producer Neil Giraldo on 20 February 1982 at Hana, Hawaii. The couple first met in 1979 when he arrived at her rehearsal building to audition, prompting Pat to think to herself Girl you have just seen the father of your children Benatar was separated from her first husband at the time, and once the divorce was finalized later in 1979 the relationship with Giraldo began in earnest. They have two daughters.

She won an unprecedented four consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Female Rock Performance for her LP Crimes of Passion (1980) and the songs "Fire and Ice" (1981), "Shadows of the Night" (1982), and "Love Is a Battlefield" (1983).[citation needed] Of the ten Grammy seasons of the 1980s, Benatar was nominated for Best Female Rock Performance eight times, including "Invincible" in 1985, "Sex as a Weapon" in 1985, "All Fired Up" in 1988 and "Let's Stay Together" in 1991But by the end of the decade, it appeared as though Benatar had fallen of the face of the Earth as the hits seemed to dry up.

Benatar opted to shift musical gears and issue an album of blues and R&B, 1991's True Love, which failed to return the singer back to the top of the charts. Benatar returned back to her patented arena rock sound with such further studio releases as 1993's Gravity's Rainbow and 1997's Innamorata (although the latter of which was largely acoustic-based) and while the albums didn't exactly measure up to her earlier releases, both were solid efforts. The late '90s saw a pair of live archival releases hit record store shelves, 1998's 8-15-80 and 1999's The King Biscuit Flower Hour Live, in addition to countless hits collections (although the best of the bunch proved to be 1989's Best Shots, which remains a steady seller to this day).

The singer began touring again by the middle of the decade (after taking a five-year hiatus from the road), co-headlining shows with REO Speedwagon, Fleetwood Mac, the Steve Miller Band, and Styx. She also continued to dabble in acting, appearing in the ABC Afterschool Special Torn Between Two Fathers and on various sitcoms. In August 2003, Benatar returned to recording with Go (Vanguard), her first studio LP since 1997's Innamorata. The LP revisited the arena rock/MOR sound that had defined Benatar's career, and was accompanied by an extensive tour.

In June 2010, Benatar's memoir, Between a Heart and a Rock Place was released. her memoir touches on her battles with her record company Chrysalis, the difficulties her career caused in her personal life, and feminism. In the memoir, she is quoted as saying, "For every day since I was old enough to think, I've considered myself a feminist … It's empowering to watch and to know that, perhaps in some way, I made the hard path [women] have to walk just a little bit easier." The book went on to become a New York Times Bestseller. 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 summer 2011, Benatar announced she was working on a Christmas album and a novel about the second coming of Christ.

Although billed as a solo artist, Benatar recorded and toured with a consistent set of band members over most of her career, who contributed greatly to the writing and producing of songs and are recognizable characters on album photos and in many of her music videos.
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Benatar's debut album In the Heat of the Night was released in October 1979, and reached #12 in the US. It established Benatar as a new force in rock. Producer Mike Chapman, who had worked with Blondie and The Knack, broke his vow not to take on any new artists when he heard Benatar's demo tape. Chapman personally produced three tracks on the album, while his long-time engineer and now independent producer, Peter Coleman (who also supervised Nick Gilder) oversaw the rest. In addition, Chapman and his song-writing partner, Nicky Chinn, wrote three songs that appear on the LP, "In the Heat of the Night" and "If You Think You Know How to Love Me" which were previously recorded by Smokie, as well as a rearranged version of a song they wrote for Sweet, "No You Don't". The album also featured two songs written by Roger Capps and Benatar as well as "I Need a Lover" written by John Mellencamp (then billed as John Cougar) and "Don't Let It Show" written by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson. The album would be Benatar's first RIAA certified platinum album, in Canada it was certified 4x platinum. It remains an impressive debut and foreshadows a glimpse of great things to come.

Pat Benatar - In The Heat Of The Night  (flac 249mb)

01 Heartbreaker 3:26
02 I Need A Lover 3:26
03 If You Think You Know How To Love Me 4:20
04 In The Heat Of The Night 5:22
05 My Clone Sleeps Alone 3:27
06 We Live For Love 3:54
07 Rated X 3:15
08 Don't Let It Show 4:01
09 No You Don't 3:18
10 So Sincere 3:30
Pat Benatar - In The Heat Of The Night  (ogg 86mb)

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In August 1980, Benatar released her LP, Crimes of Passion, featuring her signature song "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" along with the controversial song "Hell Is for Children", which was inspired by reading a series of articles in the New York Times about child abuse in America. "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" (US #9) was her first single to break the US Top 10 and eventually sold more than one million copies (at that time, gold status) in the United States alone. The album peaked for five consecutive weeks at #2 in the US in January 1981 (behind Yoko Ono's and John Lennon's Double Fantasy) and eventually sold over five million copies, and a month later, Benatar won her first Grammy Award for "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance" of 1980 for the album. Other singles released from Crimes of Passion were "Treat Me Right" (US #18) and the Rascals' cover, "You Better Run" (US #42), which gained some later fame when it was the second music video ever played on MTV, after the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star". The album also featured a changed-tempo cover of Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights". Nominally produced by Keith Olsen, Crimes of Passion remained on the US album charts for 93 weeks and in the top 10 for more than six months, eventually becoming her second consecutive platinum certification by the RIAA.

Pat Benatar - Crimes Of Passion  (flac 243mb)

01 Treat Me Right 3:25
02 You Better Run 3:05
03 Never Wanna Leave You 3:10
04 Hit Me With Your Best Shot 2:51
05 Hell Is For Children 4:51
06 Little Paradise 3:33
07 I'm Gonna Follow You 4:29
08 Wuthering Heights 4:29
09 Prisoner Of Love 3:08
10 Out-A-Touch 4:16

Pat Benatar - Crimes Of Passion   (ogg 88mb)

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In interviews, Pat Benatar made it clear that she had no desire to be stereotyped as a hard rocker -- often adding that she preferred new wave's melodic keyboards over hard rock and metal's crunching guitars. Indeed, Get Nervous was the most melodic album she'd done since In the Heat of the Night. This isn't to say that Get Nervous was a return to new wave-ish leanings; in fact, songs like "Anxiety (Get Nervous)," "The Victim," and "Silent Partners" are intense, forceful jewels that rock aggressively. But at the same time, the album's pop elements and strong emphasis on melody leave no doubt that the last thing on Benatar's mind was recording another Crimes of Passion. A hit single, "Shadows of the Night", heralded, Get Nervous, released in late 1982. The album was another smash, reaching US #4, her fourth consecutive RIAA and CRIA platinum certification, and the single would garner Benatar her third Grammy, again for "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance" of 1982. The follow-up singles, "Little Too Late" and "Looking for a Stranger", were also successful, hitting US #20 and #39 respectively.

Pat Benatar - Get Nervous  (flac 483mb)

01 Shadows Of The Night 4:20
02 Looking For A Stranger 3:24
03 Anxiety (Get Nervous) 3:30
04 Fight It Out 3:54
05 The Victim 4:41
06 Little Too Late 4:06
07 I'll Do It 4:07
08 I Want Out 3:42
09 Tell It To Her 3:40
10 Silent Partner 3:43

Pat Benatar - Get Nervous   (ogg 166mb)

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Ian Buckley said...

The flac link doesn't seem to work...?

Ian Buckley said...

...ah the explanation is that hotfile has been closed down!

Rho said...

all been restored now