Here’s a much better Bonnie than Prince Bonny Buddy or whatever the fuck his name was: Bonnie Tyler, who had a bunch of hits in the early 80’s and then faded from view in America, but still hit the charts in Europe thereafter.
Total Eclipse of the Heart is not some forgotten gem; it’s got 145 million views on YouTube, and is so familiar that it’s used as a jokey musical cue. But it’s a great and grandly silly song, written by the champion of the grandly silly song, Jim Steinman (the guy behind Bat Out Of Hell).
Most people point out the line about living in a powder keg and giving off sparks as the most brilliant, but I nominate “love is like a shadow on me all of the time.”If I met someone and asked them how they were doing, and they said, “Honestly? Love is like a shadow on me all of the time,” then I would marry that person.
It should also be noted that the record this song appeared on was called Faster than the Speed of Night. Swear to God.