Pat Benatar Discography|
(ANXIETY) GET NERVOUS
Neil: Billy Steinberg had the lyric and I just started fooling around with the guiatr part. He started singing, then I started singing and we just went back and forth. Actually he had about half the lyric, but after we get something we like, the rest is easy. It was difficult for me to play that song cause I did the time-keeping. Every time we would do it and put another part in for Patti to sing it would really make me nervous. It drove me nuts.
FIGHT IT OUT
Neil: Billy wrote that part in L.A., and I wrote the other part in New York, I messed around with the melody and called him on the phone, 'Billy, what's the lyric?'
Neil: This started off as a lyric that was supposed to be a little heavier because of it's heavy metal overtones. It's lighter than it actually comes off. It's just about people I love.
I WANT OUT
Neil: Billy wrote that song and played it for me and he said, 'Neil, what do you think about this melody?' I said, 'I don't know, do you want to change it?' So then we changed it; we changed the whole melody. He had a song already for that, but it became comepletely different. Ususally you can't do that. Once you hear a melody for a song you're locked, no matter what words you sing. You're always going back to that melody. We took it another way.
LOOKING FOR A STRANGER
Pat: There's not a lot of complex stuff in there; it's pretty simple. It's just a lot of new keyboards.
Neil: That was a real Charlie arrangement. His soul just came right through on the keyboard and it formed the whole song for us. The demo we had on it was pretty good, but it sounded so close to Never Wanna Leave You. We thought it would be like us doing ourselves again.
A LITTLE TOO LATE
Pat: That was Alex Call. I just liked the song. Some outside songs we rip to pieces. That song is not far from what he originally wrote.
Myron: I'm responsible for that. Primarily it was the lyric that appealed to me. Usually when I write I try to come up with just the working melody. We wound up on that one not changing that much, although Patti and Neil added a lot to it. Even though I'm credited as the sole writer, anything that I write Patti and Neil will have a lot of influence on, because Neil has a much greater knowledge of chord structures and Patti's a vocalist who knows how to bend melodies. I usally start from the lyric point of view. Sometimes I wind with the melody, but even when I write them they're really only a way of introducing and idea. Rarely do we wind up using anything.