Scandal featuring Patty Smyth!
I’m wearing one of the only red things I own (a faded red, too-small Breathless Mahoney t-shirt) and my dog is wearing a red sock as a bow tie (it’s the only thing I have in his size), because it is International Women’s Day! My partner in foolery, Allison, took the day off for “A Day Without A Woman,” so today expect 1000% less Canadian references, many more typos (yes, it’s possible), not as many posts, much less funniness, and by 2pm my time I’ll probably put up an SOS post titled: Okay, Allison, Come Back, You Can Write A Dozen Kardashian Posts! (She loves writing about the Kartrashians. Don’t tell her I told you.)
To celebrate International Women’s Day, I’m paying tribute to one of my favorite musical artistes and one of my favorite female empowerment songs. Scandal was born in 1981 and they put out just one EP and one full-length album breaking up in 1984. Patty Smyth went off to her do her own thing. Scandal regrouped in 2004 and they still do shows here and there. The Warrior was their biggest hit and for a good reason. It’s music gold and I’ve always loved the 80s glamour of the video, but Patty doesn’t agree with me.
Patty has always hated it, and said in a 2008 interview, that she wanted a simple concert video, but the label had other ideas. The year was 1984, so they 1984’d up that video. Patty thought that maybe the video would be funny, but she wasn’t laughing when she saw the final cut and wanted them to bury it nineteen feet under.
“I just wanted to do a straight onstage rock video to that, and they just shot me down. … They made me look like Batgirl. I thought when we were shooting it at least it would was going to be funny. I just thought it would be cut more tongue and cheek, and when I saw the final version and it was serious, I called and was like, ‘Please don’t release this video.’
The truth is it became the Top 20 video of that year and people really dug it, because there were some beautiful parts to it, but it was freaky and weird.”
This video is like a community theater production that’s very loosely based on Krull and was designed by whoever was in charge of The Jackson’ video for Torture. It’s 80s perfection.
But since Patty hates that video and wanted an onstage rock video, this performance she did in 2010 should be The Warrior’s official video. Tell those boring drips to stand the fuck up, Patty!
Happy International Women’s Day!