“Total Eclipse of the Heart” – The Dan Band


This may be a bit shopworn, but I still think this is pretty funny/awesome. The Dan Band covers Bonnie Tyler/Jim Steinman’s overblown Wagnerian ballad from the early 1980s, only with lots of f-bombs thrown in as punctuation. This first became famous through its appearance in the Todd Phillips’ comedy “Old School.”

“Tonight is What it Means to be Young” from “Streets of Fire” dir. Walter Hill (1984)

OK, I’m blaming the selection of this guilty pleasure on my daughter’s theater group doing “Les Miserables” this week. Let’s just say I’ve been feeling a little “Fosse” the last few days and if you give me any s–t about it, I will post Neil Diamond’s horrendously inappropriate cover of “I Dreamed a Dream” to punish you. Don’t think I won’t do it.

Anyway, I’ve always liked this song and the movie it came from (“Streets of Fire”). Arguably, Jim Steinman’s finest hour as a writer/producer. And even if you don’t like it, you can see Diane Lane strutting her stuff (NEVER a bad thing!), while Michael Pare, Willem Dafoe, Robert Townsend, Mykelti Williamson, and Lee Ving (from the beyond politically-incorrect punk band Fear) do their thing in the background.

“Marionette” – Mott the Hoople


Mott the Hoople’s 1974 album “The Hoople” is a great, but uneven collection of songs that shows the band at a crucial, albeit schizophrenic crossroads. Many the songs seem written for a rock and roll Broadway musical, while others (the Marilyn Manson/Alice Cooper-like “Crash Street Kidds”) seem to be anticipating punk a few years later. “Marionette” is from the Broadway end of things, albeit creeping towards the Cooper/ Manson side. Somewhere Meat Loaf and his producer/collaborator Jim Steinman are taking notes.