Saturday, February 22, 2014

HISTORY OF MUSIC #5: Pat Benatar - Crimes of Passion

PAT BENATAR
Crimes of Passion
(Chrysalis) 1980

How come guitarists aren’t named Scott St. Cloud Sheets anymore? It’s a damn shame. Anyway, speaking of Scott St. Cloud Sheets, if you bought this Pat Benatar record in 1980, you got a pretty decent guitar rock record that bordered on pop but was quite a distance from any kinda synthy new wave shit. No, it’s not the Pretenders—it’s actually closer to Blondie (but not so cloyingly cute and clever as that band had become by the start of the 80s). And it had some hits too with “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” and “Treat Me Right”. The best track on the album though, is the Kate Bush-penned “Wuthering Heights”.

In summation, I hereby find Crimes of Passion, guilty of compelling guitar work and good—if not completely original songwriting. My life-long (up to this point) opinion of Pat Benatar as some sort of manufactured "tuff girl" lite rocker has been forever changed.

DISCOGRAPHY:

In the Heat of the Night (Chrysalis) 1979
Crimes of Passion (Chrysalis) 1980
Precious Time (Chrysalis) 1981
Get Nervous (Chrysalis) 1982

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