Song of the Day, October 31: Promises In the Dark by Pat Benatar

Today’s song is Promises In the Dark by Pat Benatar. The second single from her 1981 album Precious Time, this hit captures the best of Benatar in just over four minutes. A great mix of strength and vulnerability in a brilliantly crafted song of hope and betrayal, it uses the full range of her operatically trained voice in a classic rock setting. Benatar enjoyed many bigger hits (most of them, in fact, since this song peaked at #38), but none capture her essence as a singer as well as this one does for me. Promises In the Dark hit its peak 30 years ago this week. Celebrate the preeminent female rocker of the 80s and enjoy this classic song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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