Thursday, July 18, 2013

"Treat Me Right" by Pat Benatar

Song#:  0459
Date:  01/17/1981
Debut:  68
Peak:  18
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This third single from Benatar's album "Crimes of Passion" was her first chart single where she was credited as co-writer. The charging anthem couldn't quite follow "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" into the Top 10, but it helped to keep the album alive on the chart, eventually becoming her best-selling LP.

ReduxReview:  Although a bit more rockier and darker than "Hit Me," I think this is a solid single. But I think radio at the time and record buyers kind of preferred the pop-leaning Benatar than the full-on rock one with songs like this just getting into the Top 20. Doesn't matter though because they are still great and remain rock standards.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  One of the popular songs from "Crimes of Passion" was not released as a single, but became an airplay favorite at rock radio. Benatar's child abuse song "Hell Is for Children" (which was not autobiographical in any way) got a lot of play and attention. And due to the positive response Benatar received, a foundation for abused children was established at the time. The song was also featured in the animated film "American Pop" (1981) and on its soundtrack.


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