I’ve had this one in the collection for awhile and finally got the urge to write about it. It is from one of my favorite singers, Pat Benatar. The early 80’s saw her on a massive win streak. Everything she touched turn to gold including the lead single to her 1984 album ‘Tropico’ which is “We Belong”. The song did really well and went to #5 on the Billboard charts which tied the success of her massive hit “Love is a Battlefield”. The song was a success all across the world as well and even earning a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She didn’t win as she was up against some other powerhouses such as Linda Rondstadt, Madonna, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston. Dang that is a pretty impressive category right there.
The song was written by Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro (his first cousin is Dave Navarro if you are interested in knowing that fact). The song was inspired by Dan as he was sitting around lamenting on an old flame. He wanted to get the point across that although there are more important than them, they however belong together. My copy of the single is a standard U.S. release so nothing special, but I like it.
The song is a ballad and let me tell you the guitar work by Nick Giraldo is incredible on this. There is an acoustic, almost flamenco style guitar riff that explodes during the chorus and mixed with the heavy drum and percussion elements, the chorus is so freaking cool and memorable. Throw in Pat Benatar’s angelic vocals and you are in hook, line and sinker. Her vocals on here are so mature and not the standard rock song we are used to hearing from her. It is a pleasant change of pace. At the end of the song, they added a whole children’s choir that makes the song even more dramatic. One of my favorite Benatar songs and there are a lot. And with 53 million views of the video on the Tube of You, I would say it is still a popular song.
The B-Side is also from ‘Tropico’ and is called “Suburban King” and was written by Neil Giraldo and Billy Steinberg. “Suburban King” is not a typical Benatar song either. For ‘Tropico’, Pat and Neil got way more experimental and tried to become real artsy. The song is short at under 2 minutes and is mostly a vocal highlight for Pat’s voice. It does some guitar with an interesting sound and riff and a whole lot of electronic elements thrown in. It is a slow tempo, but not a ballad. The lyrics are strange and not sure what it is really talking about. Not a bad track overall, however, not what you’d expect from Pat either.
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