"Cover Story: Pat Benatar"
New Vinyl Times, 1980, Vol. 1, Number 6

BEGINNINGS:New Vinyl Times cover

"I was working at a bank and when you look at that much money everyday….you start going wait a minute, why am I looking at all this money when I can do something? And maybe if I do it really good, I won’t have to do this anymore. I won’t have to look at this horrible room eight hours a day."


1975 TO 1977:

"I was doing horrible stuff. I started out doing show music, Broadway show music. Then I went into pop music, I started doing Barbara Streisand, Diana Ross, horrible embarrassing things. Then after that it was a little bit more risqué kinds of things. It just kind of gradually shifted into rock."



"It always stays with you. There’s nothing you can do about that training. When you train six hours a day like that, it stays with you. And it can either help you or hurt you. I try to make it help me, because it gives me a lot of stamina and it stretches my range, I can go forever."



"We were going to call the album "Crimes of Passion" because there were a lot of songs about violence on it. It’s not like it’s a heavy album, but there are more statements on here this time. It’s not just about love relationships. There is one song on parents and children, a child abuse thing. Then there’s a song about an obsessed person who’s in love with a film star called "Out of Touch". It’s about how he knows he can never get to that person. We’re a little more introspective on this album. For good or for bad. It’s much more of us than the first one."


NVT01.jpg (13537 bytes)DOING A 2nd ALBUM:

"It freaks you out. You’re so petrified you think, ‘Oh God, I have to do this again and I have to do it better.’ It’s like everybody’s out there waiting to rip your face off."


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"Why is it that for 25 years of my life I had to listen to songs like "What’s Your Name Little Girl?" and songs like "Women In Aeroplanes". Then I sing a song, "You’re a Heartbreaker," and people want to call me a female chauvinist. This is not true, this is called getting even."





"People ask me, ‘What is it like, it must be really weird at home’. I tell them, what do you think I do, iron in a garter belt, are you crazy? This is show business. This is my act. I do this."


NVT03.jpg (11292 bytes)THE LOOK:

"The outfit came just from trial and error. I can’t sing with my legs covered, I can’t do it. For some reason I need the freedom of being able to move like this. So, tights were what worked. That was the basic reason. It evolved from just a total comfort thing, because I can’t wear jeans and sing, I can’t, and I won’t wear a dress."


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"I came in from Virginia one night. I had straight red hair and I wore a dress. I sang a Judy Garland song and I don’t know what happened, I never sang in New York before in my life, even though I grew up there, everybody just went crazy. I didn’t do anything spectacular. I don’t know what happened, it was just one of those magical things. He (Rick Newman, manager of Pat Benatar and owner of the Catch A Rising Star Club) came right in and said, ‘Let’s talk about you playing here some more,’ real movie material.



"All I wanted to do was to sing really hard rock ‘n’ roll kind of music but be female and not wear leather pants and not look masculine. I wanted to be able to wear make-up and still look like a girl but rock. I didn’t want to be like Patti Smith."