"Holding Out For A Hero" - Bonnie Tyler
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
This dramatic song featured on the official Footloose soundtrack album. On its original release in 1984, the song stalled at #96, but the 1985 re-release just missed the top-spot in the UK charts, peaking at #2. Another re-release in 1991 reached #69.
The 1985 re-release entered the chart at No.34 on August 28th 1985, making it the third highest new entry that week, behind Madness at No.30 with "Yesterday's Men" and Thompson Twins at No.22 with Don't Mess With Dr. Dream. By 8th Sept, "Holding Out for a Hero" had reached No.2, where it remained for three weeks, being held off the No.1 position by David Bowie and Mick Jagger's "Dancing in the Street".
The video was directed by Doug Dowdle and produced by Jeffrey Abelson. It starts with Tyler inside a burning house, and we also see female backing singers wearing anglelic white dresses. Tyler runs from the house as she sings "Where have all the good men gone and where are all the gods?" Hmm, where have all the dramatic songs gone I ask myself? We need more drama and powerful productions in today's music!
Bonnie Tyler released seven Top 40 hit singles in the UK between 1976 and 1984 - numerous other singles failed to break the British Top 40 - although she continued to have hits in other countries until 2004.
The welsh singer's real name is actually Gaynor Hopkins, and has a distinctive gravelly voice - this was the result of an operation to remove nodules from her voice box in the mid 70s.