Total Eclipse of the Heart

“Turn around, bright eyes.”

In the fall of 1983 a strange thing happened. There was a new song by this woman who sounded like she swallowed gravel for breakfast. And it was a long song. And the video was reeeeeally weird.

Welcome to Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”.

“Turn around… Every now and then I know there’s no one in the universe as magical and wonderous as you.”

Written by Jim Steinman, the man with a flair for the dramatic and a penchant for long songs (with even longer titles), the song was originally meant for Meat Loaf. Eventually, though, it fell into Ms. Tyler’s lap, and a star was born. (Well, not really. She was 32 when the song came out, and she did have other hits before “Eclipse”, though none were as big. But seriously, do you remember that crazy video?)

Prep school boys wandering around with Jawa eyes, shirtless football players, the fencing team, ninjas… And through it all, there’s our lady friend, dodging billowy red curtains and singing to herself in a mirror. If “WTF” were around in the 80s, this would have been the ultimate WTF video.

“And I need you now tonight,
And I need you more than ever.
And if you’ll only hold me tight,
We’ll be holding on forever.”

“Eclipse” topped the charts in October 1983, and it stayed there for 4 weeks. In all, it’s sold more than six million copies, and it’s been covered ad nauseum, including Nikki French’s 90s dance-pop hit (Booooo, 90s!) and, yes, the über-popular Glee version.

“I don’t know what to do, and I’m always in the dark!
We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks!”

We may not be entirely sure what the whole “bright eyes” thing is about, and we’re damn sure we don’t know what’s up with the video (but if you haven’t seen it, the ‘literal’ version is totally hilarious), but that doesn’t mean we can’t say, with confidence…

We ♥ Total Eclipse of the Heart.

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~ by weheart80s on June 8, 2010.

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