Noted music aficionado and hostess sans pareil EMM commented on a recent post about "Total Eclipse of the Heart" being one of the greatest 80s songs ever. She is right, if not in the way intended, in that it is one of the greatest bad 80s songs, if not the greatest. It would be bad enough if it did not already include the single most gratuitous use of sleighbells in all of recorded human history, but that latter "accomplishment" puts it out of reach of mere dreck.
It is serial over-producer Jim Steinman's Ishtar.
And hey, I admit it, I like a lot of (what others consider) crap. Behold:
Incidentally, one reason I can't get behind the Go-Gos' cover of "Cool Jerk" (sorry EMM) is HSR's definitive treatment, with or without visuals:
Speaking of Jim Steinman, I also performed "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" as part of Four on the Floor, an intentionally bad barbershop quartet in college that played one show (by our choice, mind you). Among other things I got to do the Phil Rizzuto play-calling. Good times.