MY XMAS POST: IS IT THE HI-FI OR PAT BENATAR?!?!

I often feel I was born a bit too late. Someone of my generation who is gay should be totally devoted to Madonna. I mean, I enjoy Madonna — but I was practically addicted to Barbra Streisand out of the womb. That is the action of someone fifteen to ten years my senior! I like to think of myself as a child of the 70’s, but I came of age in the 80’s. And, as anyone who came of age in the 80’s I was touched by the magic that was and will always remain Pat Benatar! Her music was a sort of wall paper of my teenage years. Admit it. If you were born between 1964 and 1971 — you were almost required to have at least one Pat Benatar single, LP or cassette! It was almost mandatory!

Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Love is a Battlefield, We Belong, Invincible and We Live for Love all managed to embrace a sort of confused sexual power as well as a beat you could dance to without claiming to be too shallow. Who can forget the powerful and empowering way Pat shook her boobs at her mean pimp in defiance and returned triumphant to the safety of her suburban home after having runaway?!!?? It was an MTV Miracle! And, of course, there were the powerful message songs like Hell is for Children — probably one of the few “cool” songs to shout out about the evils of child abuse. It was as if somebody had pulled a strong voiced girl, tried to make her sound like a Blondie for a tougher sort of suburban ethic. It usually always worked!

…well, except for that failed attempt to cover The Beatles’ Helter Skelter — which is. let’s face it, just painful. Why? Who knows?!?!? The vocals seem to be on the mark, the guitars soar, there is anger — but it doesn’t form correctly. Like all of Pat’s work there seems to be an underlining corporate plan to control the teen masses of the Regan Years! Some strange rock-n-roll plan gone wrong and exposed by a single Beatles cover from which Ms. Benatar never fully recovered. This was about the same time that Culture Club decided to start singing an odd war protest song that seemed to be — somehow shallow. World War is stupid. …and, what?!?!?

Anyway, my post is not so much about Pat Benatar or my failed attempt to describe her appeal – we all know her music was appealing, catchy and memorable. And, while Madonna was flaunting sexuality one way, Ms. Benatar was asserting it in another. Sadly, most of the girls at the mall misunderstood. But, who can blame them or us — it often seemed that Pat (or her people!) were as confused when promoting her to the masses. …just view FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH if you don’t get what I’m saying. This film, unlike BREAKFAST CLUB captures my generation in a more true light than any other. …I think. Who knows?

But, my Xmas Post is straying!

What I want to say is this! Why, when I play either a CD, LP or MP3 of Pat Benatar do I discover it is just too “tinty”!?!?? What is up with that? No matter how I adjust the trebble or the base — Pat sounds like she was engineered for the Top 40 on an AM station from Hell!?!?! Only the desperate notes of GET NERVOUS come close to sounding well recorded or mastered?!?!? And, Ms. Benatar was on one of the best of record labels!

What gives? I was thinking about this after I managed to find a still sealed and pristine vinyl copy of Pat Benatar’s Best Hits! …It sounds as horrible as the MP3’s I created from my CD’s! I just don’t understand.

…If only Santa could re-master Pat! I know that it would be far better for a big box of peace, but a part of me would just like to hear We Live For Love without having to wince at the tinty sound as it blares away. I just don’t get it. Culture Club, Toni Basil, The Cars and even Phil Collins sound good. Why does Pat sound like her music is somehow stuck on an AM transistor radio?!?!? …or is it my “Hi-Fi”

I hope everyone has a very happy holiday — if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you at least have the day off and can do something you for you. And, that no one is alone.
Kisses,
matty

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December 23, 2007. Uncategorized.

9 Comments

  1. salty replied:

    Merry Chrimble and Happy Hogmanay from Scotland!

    x

  2. matty03 replied:

    Salty Sailor! You visited and even wrote something! Awwwww! Happy Holidays to you from the ghetto fabulous — just across the bridge from GayTown!

  3. Old Cheeser replied:

    Mistress Benatar! Another great “revival” post there, Matty. Like me, you are a true 80s dude. I had copies of “Tropico” and “Seven The Hard Way” on vinyl which at the time I really liked. “We Belong” was lovely but I guess a bit atypical from her other, more “raunchy” rock stuff. Although she was a bit “commercial” rock wasn’t she – a little bit more restrained? Having said that I haven’t heard any of her other albums so can’t comment, unlike you, who seem to be a mine of information!!

    What’s happened to Ms B anyway? Is she still making records or not?

    And by the way do you mean “tinny” sound as opposed to “tinty”? (trebley). That’s how we say it over ‘ere in the UK.

    Incidentally as I was writing this (Xmas Eve! Yay!) they were just showing a “100 greatest musicals” programme featuring a certain 1970s musical featuring Ms Babs Streisand and the very hirsute Kris Kristofferson! Guess which one?

    Have a great Xmas!
    OC x

  4. Old Cheeser replied:

    You’ve also prompted me to go and download some Pat B tracks now…I no longer possess my vinyl copies (sob)…

  5. hot-lunch replied:

    Merry Christmas to you and B and Bagel in the Ghetto Fabulous!!!

  6. matty03 replied:

    Cool Old Cheeser! Oooops! I made a “type-O” — Yes, I meant “tinty” — that is what we say here, too! That’s what I get for creating a post so early (late?)! lol! …doesn’t her music sound like it has too much treble!?!? Or is it me?!?!?!

    Yes, she was totally commercial/corporate rock. But, somehow it worked.

    You know, she is still recording. She tried her hand at jazz. I didn’t ever hear any of it. And, she released a rock CD either last or this year, but once again — I did not hear it. I know she trained to be an opera singer. Odd, that.

    Oh!!!!!! A STAR IS BORN — the Barbra Afro Version!!!! Yes! Kris was sooooooooooo hot in that! And, Babs was pure and total buttah! That is my movie!!! Like chicken soup! It seems to get aired at Christmas a lot. I know longer have TV access — we just have a big screen TV and loads of DVD’s. However, last time I tried to watch ASIB on TV broadcast it drove me crazy because they cut it up so much and it was a big screen movie so you could only see half the picture! However, the DVD rules — and one can listen to Babs at 65 doing the commentary! yay!

    And, all those groovy clothes from her closet!!!!

    Happy Christmas, babe!

  7. matty03 replied:

    Hot Lunch! Thank you! Have a kick ass Christmas yourself, cutie!

  8. Pants replied:

    Ho, ho, ho from Utah! I just drove home from work in a snow storm. Snow! Everywhere! Ack! It sure is pretty…though not so much when I get stuck behind a minivan on a hill with bum tires. 🙂

    By the way, I LOVED your Christmas card! You and B are so creative.

    Big kisses to Bagel!

    xoxo,

    Pants!

  9. matty03 replied:

    Pants! Actually, it never much fun when stuck behind a minivan! Thanks!

    If you were here, Bagel would give you a big kiss! She loves to give kisses! We’re trying to figure out how to get her to stop trying to lick anyone who picks her up.

    puppies. puppy love!

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