Bonnie TYLER: Total Eclipse of the Heart 7″ + Take me back. Check video
‘Total eclipse of the heart’ is one of those singles I thought I had for years, and then one day I discovered I didn’t have it. It still didn’t get to the top of my want list, because its also one of those songs that have been played to death on radio and television in the mid-Eighties, the time when I was actually hooked on those media.
The song remains Bonnie Tylers most successful song, peaking at number 1 in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Its still a radio favourite these days.
song written and produced by Jim Steinman and recorded by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler in 1982 for her fifth studio album Faster Than the Speed of Night. The song was the first single release from the album and is Tylers biggest hit.
The power ballad remains Tylers most successful song, peaking at No. 1 in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. At its peak, it sold 60,000 copies per day, and approximately 6 million copies in total. It won the Variety Club award in the UK for best single of 1983.
According to Meat Loaf, Steinman had given the song, along with “Making Love (Out of Nothing At All)”, to Meat Loaf for his Midnight at the Lost and Found album; however, Meat Loafs record company refused to pay for Steinman and he wrote separate songs himself. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” was then given to Bonnie Tyler and “Making Love (Out of Nothing At All)” to Air Supply.
The music video for “Total Eclipse of the Heart” was directed by Russell Mulcahy. It was story-boarded by Jim Steinman and drew inspiration from the 1976 film Futureworld. The Gothic themed video features Bonnie Tyler clad in white, apparently having a dream or fantasy about her students in a boys’ boarding school. Young men are seen dancing and participating in various school activities such as swim team, karate, gymnastics, football, fencing, soccer, and singing in a choir. Among these was future Chelsea soccer player Gianfranco Zola, who featured prominently in the closing scenes. The video was shot at Holloway Sanatorium, notable for its Gothic architecture and distinguished for the multi-arched grand entrance as seen at the end of the video.
In November 2002, it was voted No. 72 in “The Greatest Number Ones Of All Time” in UK. It was also voted No. 94 in the “Greatest Music Videos of All Time” poll held by Channel 4. In October, 2006, VH1s “100 Greatest Songs of the 80s” special included “Total Eclipse of the Heart” at No. 56. MuchMoreMusic aired a four-episode series in 2006 titled Top 50 Guilty Pleasures, and listed the song at No. 9.
Bonnie Tyler – lead vocals
Rick Derringer – guitar
Steve Buslowe – bass guitar
Roy Bittan – piano
Larry Fast – synthesizers
Steve Margoshes – additional synths
Max Weinberg – drums
Jimmy Maelen – percussion
Rory Dodd – ‘Turn around’ and backing vocals
Eric Troyer – backing vocals