Sunday, November 4, 2012

"We Live for Love" by Pat Benatar

Song#:  0118
Date:  04/05/1980
Debut:  88
Peak:  27
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Rock, New Wave

Pop Bits:  Benatar's debut album "In the Heat of the Night" was released in 1979 and got off to a slow start. The first two singles from the album went nowhere, but the third single finally clicked as the hard-rockin' "Heartbreaker" became her first pop hit peaking at #23. This second single did similarly well and it boosted her album to a #12 peak, eventually going platinum.

ReduxReview:  Anthematic and driving, Benatar proved she could easily step into Debbie Harry's high heels and stomp around in the new wave arena. If you heard this on the radio back in the day like I did, that high chorus just grabbed your attention. It didn't take me long to become a fan.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) This song was written by Neil Giraldo, the lead guitarist in Benatar's band. The pair continued to write/produce/work together and eventually got married in 1982.  2) Benatar had some interesting covers on her debut album. In addition to her take on John Mellencamp's "I Need a Lover," the album also had a cover of Nick Gilder's "Rated 'X'" and the Alan Parson's Project's "Don't Let It Show." The album's producer Mike Chapman also grabbed two songs he and his writing partner Nicky Chinn did for the group Smokie and one they wrote for Sweet.



  1. Her voice is really ethereal in that song - kind of like a synthesizer. Awesome.

  2. Chart Run: 88 - 78 - 69 - 60 - 51 - 44 - 40 - 37 - 32 - 30 - 27 - 27 - 49 - 91