Music Video Friday: Pat Benatar – Love Is A Battlefield 

I managed to do 2 weeks of Music Video Friday without posting a video from the Eighties! So I think it’s time to post this 80’s classic: Pat Benatar’s Love Is A Battlefield. Get your shoulder shimmy shake ready!

I wouldn’t say that Pat Benatar was a favorite singer of mine growing up, although I did like several of her songs. As far as female singers go, I was more of a Heart fan. Although, looking up Pat Benatar’s songs now for this post, there are some good ones I’d forgotten about. Shadows Of The Night! Invincible! Maybe I need a Best Of!

Love Is A Battlefield, released in September 1983, reached number one in the U.S. charts (while only reaching 17 in the U.K. Boo!). Anyway, the video was one of the staples of MTV’s early days. Remember when MTV was good?!? No, most of you are too young but, trust me, MTV used to be the greatest damn thing EVER. It was all MUSIC. Man I miss those days. I’ll never forget being outside my house at the age of about ten when the cute neighbor boy ran out of his house & shouted at me “Thriller is on MTV!!!!!” and then ran back into his house like a maniac. Lol. God he was adorable…

Where was I? Oh! Pat Benatar! I love how Eighties videos so often had cheesy little melodramatic stories. So… Pat Benatar runs away from her parents even though she looks about 30 then ends up some weird kind of dancing hooker or something. But she’s able to escape her pimp by doing an angry shoulder shimmy shake at him! Take that, you nasty dancing pimp! I’d love to be a superhero where my superpower was the shoulder shimmy shake. How awesome would that be?! You have to admit it’s less lame than an Ant-Man. The logo could be like Superman’s but with a triple S instead of just the one S. I like it! I’d photoshop that if I was any good at that sort of thing! 

Well, this post has kind of gone off track. Here’s the video but I’d be very surprised if there’s anyone who has never seen this work of art. Ah, the good old days! 🙂

*chart information from Wikipedia 


48 thoughts on “Music Video Friday: Pat Benatar – Love Is A Battlefield 

  1. I love Pat Benatar! Have you heard her rendition of Harry Chapin’s “Shooting Star”? She performed it a tribute concert for him after his passing. Here’s the link on YouTube:

    Hope you love it as much as I do!

  2. Finally something I’ve heard of!!

    God – remember when MTV was about videos??? I remember when it first came on and we were all WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAH. The last time I looked at it there was MTV3 that still played rock like Mushroomhead and Slipknot…. then they changed it to rap and I never went back…..

    True story – I’ve never met her but my friend is her cousin and she played here recently and people that are my friends who I never see anymore but live on Facebook showed in pics with her…

    • OMG! We’ve found a common link! lol. Yay old-days MTV with awesome videos instead of a bunch of wankers in stupid “reality” shows! 🙂 Who the hell are Mushroomhead? Remember Headbanger’s Ball???? That’s as it was starting to turn too rap so us metalheads could only see our stuff on Headbanger’s Ball! (Although I liked some rap, too. The old school stuff, at least. Don’t knock it, dude!). 😉 lol – Whoa – that’s like six degrees of separation between you & Pat Benatar, man. 🙂

  3. I love Hit Me With Your Best Shot… except after hearing it paired with misheard lyrics of Hit Me With Your Pet Shark that’s all I can hear.

  4. love this video! so glad u finally came around to posting 80’s music. I also use to love watching MTV when it was good, ahhhh, the good old days… 🙂

    Duran Duran did the whole silly video story really well also. 🙂

  5. I don’t think you were prepared for the Pat love and super support that came up here xD Nice throwback! Post my time, of course, but you know I grew up with plenty older music and still prefer the classics.


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