Tag: Pat Benatar

Wednesday 9/7/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion (1980)

Crimes of Passion is the second studio album by American rock singer Pat Benatar, released on August 5, 1980, by Chrysalis Records. The album is the first to feature Myron Grombacher on drums, beginning a long tenure in Benatar’s band that would last into the late 1990s.

The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 album chart the week ending August 23 and held at No. 2 for five weeks in the US in January 1981, behind John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy.

Crimes of Passion contains the hits “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”, which became her first Top 10 hit in the US, and is considered to be her best-known song, and “Treat Me Right”, a Top 20 hit in the US. Both songs charted similarly in Canada but were even bigger hits on the US Tunecaster Rock Tracks chart peaking at number 1 and 2 on that chart. Neither song was very successful in other countries, aside from “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” reaching the Top 40 in Australia.

The first single released from the album was “You Better Run”, the music video for which was the second music video ever aired on MTV in 1981. It only peaked at number 42 in the US, and New Zealand, and did not chart in Canada, although it rose to number 33 in Australia. The song “Hell Is for Children”, which was not released as an A-side single, was also a hit on album-rock stations ascending to number 7 on the Tunecaster Rock Tracks Chart. Crimes of Passion also contained a cover of Kate Bush’s international hit, “Wuthering Heights”.

Crimes of Passion is Benatar’s biggest selling album, having been certified 4× Platinum (for shipments of over four million copies) in the United States and 5× Platinum (for shipments of 500,000 copies) in Canada. It placed at number 5 on Billboard magazine’s 1981 year-end album chart. It peaked at number 2 in both Canada and France, and rose to number 6 in New Zealand. It was also Benatar’s biggest hit to that point in Australia (number 16) and her first album to chart in Sweden (number 27).

In 1981, Benatar won her first Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance thanks to Crimes of Passion. Crimes of Passion was reissued and remastered on Capitol Records in 2006.

  1. “Treat Me Right” 3:24
  2. “You Better Run” 3:02
  3. “Never Wanna Leave You” 3:13
  4. “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” 2:51
  5. “Hell Is for Children” 4:48
  6. “Little Paradise” 3:32
  7. “I’m Gonna Follow You” 4:28
  8. “Wuthering Heights” 4:28
  9. “Prisoner of Love” 3:05
  10. “Out-A-Touch” 4:19
  11. “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” (Single Edit) 2:51

Pat Benatar – lead and backing vocals
Neil Giraldo – lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
Scott St. Clair Sheets – rhythm guitars
Roger Capps – bass, backing vocals
Myron Grombacher – drums

Wednesday 8/3/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Pat Benatar – In The Heat of The Night (1979)

In the Heat of the Night is the debut studio album by American singer Pat Benatar, released on August 27, 1979, by Chrysalis Records. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 for the week ending October 20, 1979, peaking at No. 12 in March 1980, almost six months after its release.

The album includes “Heartbreaker”, her breakthrough single in the United States (where it reached the top 25), Canada and New Zealand (it reached the top 20 in both those countries). “Heartbreaker” was the third single released from the album, as neither the first single, Benatar’s version of “I Need a Lover”, or the second single, her rendition of “If You Think You Know How to Love Me”, charted in the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

In the Heat of the Night also contained “We Live for Love”, which became Benatar’s first top-10 entry in any country when it rose to No. 8 in Canada, while also reaching the top 30 in the US, New Zealand and Australia, her first sizable hit in the latter. In France, “We Live for Love” reached the top 40, although “Rated X” had previously reached the French top 30. In the Netherlands and Belgium, Benatar’s rendition of “I Need a Lover” charted within the top 30.

On Billboard magazine’s 1980 year-end top pop albums chart, In the Heat of the Night was listed at No. 7. The album also reached No. 3 in Canada, No. 8 in New Zealand, and No. 25 in Australia.

In the Heat of the Night was remastered and reissued on Capitol Records in 2006.

  1. “Heartbreaker” 3:26
  2. “I Need a Lover” 3:28
  3. “If You Think You Know How to Love Me” 4:20
  4. “In the Heat of the Night” 5:22
  5. “My Clone Sleeps Alone” 3:27
  6. “We Live for Love” 3:54
  7. “Rated X” 3:15
  8. “Don’t Let It Show” 4:01
  9. “No You Don’t” 3:18
  10. “So Sincere” 3:30

Pat Benatar – vocals
Neil Giraldo – lead guitar, keyboards, slide guitar, back-up vocals
Scott St. Clair Sheets – guitars
Roger Capps – bass, back-up vocals
Glen Alexander Hamilton – drums

Wednesday 6/22/22 1am ET: Live Track Show

Tonight we feature:

Elton John, Roy Orbison, Cheap Trick, Eric Clapton, Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, Jimmy Buffett, Paul McCartney & Wings, Ike & Tina Turner, Alanis Morissette, Jason Mraz, Pat Benatar, Bon Jovi, Michael Stanley Band, Supertramp, Who, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Blondie, David Byrne, Phil Collins, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Jimi Hendrix and Creedence Clearwater Revival.


Tuesday 5/24/22 11:15pm ET: Feature LP: Pat Benatar – Get Nervous (1982)

Get Nervous is the fourth studio album by American rock singer Pat Benatar, released October 29, 1982. It debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart the week ending November 20 and peaked at No. 4, staying on the charts for 46 weeks.

Three songs from the album were released as singles: “Shadows of the Night”, “Little Too Late”, and “Looking for a Stranger” all reached the US Top 40. In 1983, “Shadows of the Night” garnered Benatar her third Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

This is the first Pat Benatar album to feature Charlie Giordano on keyboards, as guitarist Scott St. Clair Sheets left after Precious Time was released.

  1. “Shadows of the Night” 4:20
  2. “Looking for a Stranger” 3:24
  3. “Anxiety (Get Nervous)” 3:42
  4. “Fight It Out” 3:56
  5. “The Victim” 4:43
  6. “Little Too Late” 4:06
  7. “I’ll Do It” 4:09
  8. “I Want Out” 3:43
  9. “Tell It to Her” 3:44
  10. “Silent Partner” 3:45

Pat Benatar – lead and backing vocals
Neil Giraldo – guitars, backing vocals, producer
Charlie Giordano – keyboards
Roger Capps – bass, backing vocals
Myron Grombacher – drums

Friday 3/25/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion (1980)

Crimes of Passion is the second studio album by American rock singer Pat Benatar, released on August 5, 1980, by Chrysalis Records. The album is the first to feature Myron Grombacher on drums, beginning a long tenure in Benatar’s band that would last into the late 1990s.

The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 album chart the week ending August 23 and held at No. 2 for five weeks in the US in January 1981, behind John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy.

Crimes of Passion contains the hits “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”, which became her first Top 10 hit in the US, and is considered to be her best-known song, and “Treat Me Right”, a Top 20 hit in the US. Both songs charted similarly in Canada but were even bigger hits on the US Tunecaster Rock Tracks chart peaking at number 1 and 2 on that chart. Neither song was very successful in other countries, aside from “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” reaching the Top 40 in Australia.

The first single released from the album was “You Better Run”, the music video for which was the second music video ever aired on MTV in 1981. It only peaked at number 42 in the US, and New Zealand, and did not chart in Canada, although it rose to number 33 in Australia. The song “Hell Is for Children”, which was not released as an A-side single, was also a hit on album-rock stations ascending to number 7 on the Tunecaster Rock Tracks Chart. Crimes of Passion also contained a cover of Kate Bush’s international hit, “Wuthering Heights”.

Crimes of Passion is Benatar’s biggest selling album, having been certified 4× Platinum (for shipments of over four million copies) in the United States and 5× Platinum (for shipments of 500,000 copies) in Canada. It placed at number 5 on Billboard magazine’s 1981 year-end album chart. It peaked at number 2 in both Canada and France, and rose to number 6 in New Zealand. It was also Benatar’s biggest hit to that point in Australia (number 16) and her first album to chart in Sweden (number 27).

In 1981, Benatar won her first Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance thanks to Crimes of Passion. Crimes of Passion was reissued and remastered on Capitol Records in 2006.

  1. “Treat Me Right” 3:24
  2. “You Better Run” 3:02
  3. “Never Wanna Leave You” 3:13
  4. “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” 2:51
  5. “Hell Is for Children” 4:48
  6. “Little Paradise” 3:32
  7. “I’m Gonna Follow You” 4:28
  8. “Wuthering Heights” 4:28
  9. “Prisoner of Love” 3:05
  10. “Out-A-Touch” 4:19
  11. “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” (Single Edit) 2:51

Pat Benatar – lead and backing vocals
Neil Giraldo – lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
Scott St. Clair Sheets – rhythm guitars
Roger Capps – bass, backing vocals
Myron Grombacher – drums

Thursday 12/30/21 6pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1980 A to Z – Part 25

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1980 A2Z.

We complete our review of the RadioMaxMusic Library of 1980 music. This installment features music from Electric Light Orchestra, Pat Benatar, Dr. Hook, Billy Joel, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Tommy James, Eddy Raven, Lou Rawls, Diana Ross, Ambrosia, Bonnie Raitt and many more. We start our travel into the next segment 1981 next Tuesday.

6pm – 9:30pm ET

Wednesday 12/29/21 8pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1980 A to Z – Part 24

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1980 A2Z.

We are moving into the final segments of 1980 music. This installment features music from Dickey Lee, Barbra Streisand, Rossington-Collins Band, Jerry Reed, Pat Benatar, Hoyt Axton, Red Rider, Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Rockpile, Romantics, Devo, Poco, Journey and many more. Tomorrow we feature the completion of this segment and start our travel into 1981 next Tuesday.

8pm – 12am ET

Tuesday 12/28/21 8pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1980 A to Z – Part 23

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1980 A2Z.

We are moving into the final segments of 1980 music. This installment features music from Diana Ross, AC/DC, Pat Benatar, Gatlin Brothers, Blondie, Donna Summer, Def Leppard, Black Sabbath, Squeeze, Cars, Harry Chapin, Donna Fargo, Police and much more.

8pm – 12am ET

Monday 7/12/21 11pm ET: Feature LP: Pat Benatar – Wide Awake In Dreamland (1988)

Wide Awake in Dreamland is American rock singer Pat Benatar’s seventh studio album, and her eighth album overall, released July 22, 1988. After a string of successful albums, this was her last rock-oriented album of the 1980s, before she would go on to try a blues-based sound with True Love in 1991.

The album’s lead single, “All Fired Up”, peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 25 on the Cash Box Top 100. It was nominated for a Grammy Award but did not win. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA.

  1. “All Fired Up” 4:27
  2. “One Love” 5:12
  3. “Let’s Stay Together” 4:50
  4. “Don’t Walk Away” 4:35
  5. “Too Long a Soldier” 6:42
  6. “Cool Zero” 5:26
  7. “Cerebral Man” 4:40
  8. “Lift ’em on Up” 4:54
  9. “Suffer the Little Children” 4:10
  10. “Wide Awake in Dreamland” 4:58

Pat Benatar – vocals
Neil Giraldo – guitars
Myron Grombacher – drums
Fernando Saunders – bass
Frank Linx – bass, background vocals
Charles Giordano, Kevin Savigar – keyboards
Bo Castro – percussion
Nick Gilder – background vocals on “Don’t Walk Away” and “Cool Zero”
Carmen Twillie, Phyllis St. James, Maxine Water – background vocals on “Lift ’em on Up”

Tuesday 6/22/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 80’s

1980-1989 Today we feature music from and not in this order: Prince, Huey Lewis & The News, Blondie, Michael Jackson, Peter Wolf, Tina Turner, Men At Work, Donna Summer, Van Halen, Elton John, Toto and more . . .