Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire

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Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire
Studio album by Bonnie Tyler
Released 3 May 1986
Recorded 1984–1986
Genre Rock, Wagnerian rock, pop rock, new wave
Length 59:09
Label Columbia
Producer Jim Steinman, Roy Bittan, John Jansen, Larry Fast, John Rollo
Bonnie Tyler chronology
Faster Than the Speed of Night
Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire
Hide Your Heart / Notes from America
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[2]

Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire is the sixth studio album by Bonnie Tyler. Released in 1986 peaked at no.24 on the UK album chart and no.106 in the US, though the album gained success in continental Europe.

Like its predecessor, it is produced by Jim Steinman and it features four of his songs. Among them are "Ravishing," the duet "Loving You's a Dirty Job but Somebody's Gotta Do It" (with Todd Rundgren) and the hit "Holding Out for a Hero", which was previously included on the soundtrack of the movie Footloose.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ravishing" – 6:24 (Jim Steinman)
  2. "If You Were a Woman and I Was a Man" – 5:15 (Desmond Child)
  3. "Loving You's a Dirty Job but Somebody's Gotta Do It" (Duet with Todd Rundgren) – 7:47 (Jim Steinman)
  4. "No Way to Treat a Lady" – 5:17 (Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance)
  5. "Band of Gold" – 5:49 (Edyth Wayne, Ronald Dunbar)
  6. "Rebel Without a Clue" – 8:35 (Jim Steinman)
  7. "Lovers Again" – 4:32 (Desmond Child)
  8. "Before This Night Is Through" – 5:21 (Beppe Cantarelli, Adrienne Anderson)
  9. "Holding Out for a Hero" – 5:48 (Jim Steinman, Dean Pitchford)
Arranged by Jim Steinman, Roy Bittan and the Musicians
Backing Vocals arranged by Todd Rundgren, Eric Troyer, Rory Dodd and Ellen Foley

The song "Under Suspicion" (written by Tyler, Paul Hopkins and Peter Oxendale) was included on the cassette version of the album and as the B-side to the "Loving You's a Dirty Job ..." and "If You Were a Woman" singles.

"Before This Night Is Through" did not appear on the vinyl LP version of the album.

Although this album was released after The Wrestling Album, an instrumental version of "Ravishing" was used as the theme song to the 1985-1987 CBS Saturday morning animated series, Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling and served as wrestler Hulk Hogan's entrance music during late 1985.



Chart 1986 Peak
Norway 1
Switzerland 3
Sweden 6
France 15
Austria 23
UK 24
Germany 24
Euro Chart 41
New Zealand 45
Canada RPM 94
U.S 106


Year Single Chart Position
1986 "Holding Out for a Hero" Irish Singles Chart (1985) 1
UK Singles Chart (1985) 2
EURO CHARTS (1985) 12
German Singles Chart (1984) 19
Canadian Singles Chart (1984) 19
Austrian Singles Chart (1984) 19
Swedish Singles Chart (1984) 19
Italian Singles Chart (1984) 30
New Zealand Singles Chart (1984) 33
U.S. Billboard Singles Chart (1984) 34
Australian Singles Chart (1984) 44
UK Singles Chart (1991) 69
UK Singles Chart (1984) 96
"If You Were a Woman and I Was a Man" Venezuela 1
French SNEP Singles Chart 6
Swiss Singles Chart 16
UK Club Chart 16
New Zealand 20
German Singles Chart 32
Australia 77
U.S. Billboard Singles Chart 77
UK Singles Chart 78
Canada RPM 87
"Loving You's a Dirty Job but Somebody's Gotta Do It" Spain 6
Switzerland 24
Germany 30
French 34
UK 73
"Band of Gold" Billboard Hot Dance Breakouts Singles Sales 6
UK 81

Album credits[edit]


  • Producers: Jim Steinman, Roy Bittan, John Jansen, Larry Fast, John Rollo
  • Associate Producer: Alan Rubin
  • Engineering: Steve Rinkoff, Alan Rubin
  • Assistant Engineer: Nelson Ayres
  • Mixing: Larry Alexander, Sir Arthur Payson
  • Mastering: Greg Calbi


  1. ^ Stone, Doug. "Bonnie Tyler Secret Dreams & Forbidden Fire review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  2. ^ Dickson, Dave (29 May 1986). "Bonnie Tyler 'Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire'". Kerrang! 121. London, UK: United Magazines ltd. p. 18.