- Posted by Johanna on August 14, 2006 at 10:06 pm
- Category: Meta
My friend Mage pointed out the video for “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on YouTube. (No longer available, unfortunately.)
I can answer his questions about what’s going on in two words: Jim Steinman. Best known for writing Bat Out of Hell, he also wrote this song, and the spooky boarding school/Lord of the Flies vibe is right up his alley. This is, after all, someone who wanted to redo Peter Pan and the Lost Boys as a motorcycle gang musical. “Bombastic” was invented to describe his faux-epic music.
Don’t get me wrong — that’s the appeal of his work, the willingness to go completely over the top in expressing emotion, whether it’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” (Meat Loaf) or “Holding Out for a Hero” (Bonnie Tyler) or “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” (Celine Dion) or “Nowhere Fast” (Streets of Fire). “Love and Death and an American Guitar” was the name of one of his poems, but it also sums up his work well.
I love the song and the video for “Total Eclipse of the Heart” although I have no idea what’s really going on in either of them. But doesn’t that video take on a whole new cast once you’re familiar with the idea of yaoi?