Patty Smyth

I’d like to think I’m setting a world record with my blog post here. I’m pretty sure this is the first blog post ever to discuss two songs by the 80s band Scandal within 250-400 words and try to make a case for their cultural significance. No one said blogging would be easy.

The real reason Scandal was important was because of Patty Smyth. Ill put it this way, when David Lee Roth left Van Halen in their prime, Eddie Van Halen invited Patty Smyth to front the seminal metal band. If that isn’t bad ass I dont know what is. Imagine if she had taken the gig, would Van Halen’s misogynstic party music have turned to empowering chick rock? That’s for metal scholars to decide but at least there would have been some killer guitar solos.

In any event, Patty Smyth fronted Scandal and penned two classic break up “i’m strong and ready to move on” anthems that would make men and women alike strut confidently. And why can Patty Smyth reach both sexes? Because quite frankly, she rocks.

In 1982’s “Goodbye To You” the title says it all. Smyth isn’t hurt or pining for past love; she is confidently giving someone the boot. Think “Hit the road jack” but with more backbone.

The other main Patty Smyth/Scandal hit was 1984’s “The Warrior.” She again is brimming with self assurance and not a hint of delicacy. Why would she need it?

Smyth would later go on to record the sappy duet “Sometimes Love Just Aint Enough” with Eagles front man Don Henley in 1992, her highest charting song yet. But Patty Smyth will always be remembered for being the girl who was unafraid to rock in the male dominated, Reagan era music scene. Shoot at the walls of heartache, Patty. You are the warrior indeed.

-Josh Kruk

(image courtesy of Rhapsody)