It has come to my attention that some of you have never seen what I firmly believe to be the greatest music video of all time: Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart. It is the perfect marriage of a galactically bombastic power ballad and a writhing mass of 1980s video clichés, thrown into the path of a wind machine and blasted down a moodily lit corridor into the realm of legend.
In case you’re wondering what the heck they were thinking of when they made it, I remember Bonnie once explaining on TV that it’s about the dreams of a headmaster’s daughter, hence all the boys in (and out of) uniform. In retrospect, the whole shebang is quite fascinatingly female gaze-y, and I’m pretty sure it was a major formative influence on my pubescent imagination.
And yes, there is also a very amusing literal version, but for my money, the original is definitely the most hilarious…
I love this video. Unabashedly. The bombast. THE BOMBAST. Which is no surprise, because it was written and produced by the KING of BOMBAST, Jim Steinman. (The man also responsible for “This Corrosion”, and I still want an Andrew Eldritch cover of “Total Eclipse of the Heart”. Don’t lie, you want that too, you just hadn’t realized it.)
(I also love the literal version of it, which will make me laugh until tears run down my face.)