Total Eclipse of the Heart
|"Total Eclipse of the Heart"|
|Single by Bonnie Tyler|
|from the album Faster Than the Speed of Night|
|Released||11 February 1983 (UK) / 31 May 1983 (US)|
|Length||7:02 (Album version)
4:30 (Single version)
5:32 (Music video version)
3:49 (2005 re-recording for the album Wings)
4:35 (2011 single version)
5:53 (2013 re-recording for the album Rocks and Honey)
Gold (SNEP, BPI)
|Bonnie Tyler singles chronology|
Released as a single in early 1983 in the UK and later that summer in the US, it was the first release from the album and became Tyler's biggest career hit, reaching number one in several countries including the United States, making her the first and only Welsh singer to reach the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100. With physical sales in excess of 9 million copies, Tyler's recording is one of the best-selling singles of all time. In a 2013 UK survey, the song came first in a list of most popular songs to sing in the shower, above songs by Justin Bieber, Robbie Williams and One Direction.
- 1 Background
- 2 Music video
- 3 Versions
- 4 Personnel
- 5 Versions with Bonnie Tyler or Jim Steinman involvement
- 6 Charts and certifications
- 7 Formats and track listings
- 8 Cover versions
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
This power ballad remains Tyler's most successful song, peaking at No. 1 in the United States, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. At its peak, it sold 60,000 copies per day, and approximately 6 million copies in total. It won the Variety Club award in the UK for best single of 1983. The song also made number 82 of VH1's top 100 love songs.
According to Meat Loaf, Steinman had written the song, along with "Making Love Out of Nothing at All", for Meat Loaf's album Midnight at the Lost and Found; however, Meat Loaf's record company refused to pay for Steinman and he wrote separate songs himself. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" was then given to Bonnie Tyler and "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" to Air Supply.
The song's melody originally appeared as part of the soundtrack for the 1980 film A Small Circle of Friends.
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The music video for "Total Eclipse of the Heart" was directed by Russell Mulcahy. It was story-boarded by Jim Steinman and drew inspiration from the 1976 film Futureworld. The Gothic-themed video features Bonnie Tyler clad in white, apparently having an erotic dream or fantasy about her students in a boys' boarding school. Young men are seen dancing and participating in various school activities such as swimming, karate, gymnastics, football, fencing, soccer, and singing in a choir. The video was shot at Holloway Sanatorium, notable for its Gothic architecture and distinguished for the multi-arched grand entrance as seen at the end of the video.
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The original version of the song on Faster Than the Speed of Night, was just over seven minutes in length. The shorter edited version was, and still is, most commonly played on radio. The radio version is four and a half minutes long, and removes the entire second and third verses and trims the extended fade-out ending. The version for the music video is roughly one minute longer than the radio version, and contains the second verse.
- Bonnie Tyler – lead vocals
- Rick Derringer – guitar
- Steve Buslowe – bass guitar
- Roy Bittan – piano
- Larry Fast – synthesizers
- Steve Margoshes – additional synths
- Max Weinberg – drums
- Jimmy Maelen – percussion
- Holly Sherwood - lead backing vocals
- Rory Dodd – 'Turn around' and backing vocals
- Eric Troyer – backing vocals
Versions with Bonnie Tyler or Jim Steinman involvement
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- In December 2003, a re-recorded French/English duet version called "Si demain... (Turn Around)" was released. It was sung by Bonnie Tyler and Kareen Antonn and peaked at #1 in France, Belgium and Poland.
- Tori Amos has added the song to the popular repertoire of cover songs she performs in concert. A live version appears on the recording made at Boston's B of A Pavilion on August 21, 2005, part of Amos' "Original Bootlegs" collection.
- Westlife recorded a cover of the song on their 2006 album The Love Album. The song would have been released as the album's second single but was cancelled due to their Love Tour conflicts, though a promo release still reached #5 on the radio charts in the Philippines. Three official remixes have been made for their version as well as a remix done by Jim Steinman, which was ultimately rejected by the record label but has surfaced on the Internet.
- The song was rewritten in 1997 with lyrics by Michael Kunze as "Totale Finsternis" for the musical Tanz der Vampire.
- BabyPinkStar recorded the song with Bonnie Tyler in a punk/electronic remix version that was released in the UK in January 2007.
- In preparation for the 2002 Broadway theatre show Dance of the Vampires, a demo of the song, with some modifications in the music and lyric, sung as a duet by Steve Barton and Elaine Caswell became available on the internet. Barton and Cornelia Zenz had sung the German-language song "Totale Finsternis" on the original cast album for Tanz der Vampire. For each cast that performed Tanz der Vampire and each cast recording, in any language, the actors cast as Krolock and Sarah sang "Totale Finsternis." A bootleg recording with Michael Crawford and Mandy Gonzalez from the original Broadway cast is also available.
- Bonnie Tyler released a new version of the song with Welsh choral group Only Men Aloud! backing her.
- In 2010, Tyler appeared in a television advertisement for MasterCard called "Neville" singing a parody of "Total Eclipse of the Heart". A similar advert came out in Australia in November 2012.
Charts and certifications
Formats and track listings
It has been covered several times, and rewritten with Michael Kunze for the musical Tanz der Vampire as "Totale Finsternis". The Fox TV show Glee recorded it for episode 17 of season 1, "Bad Reputation", and featured vocals from Lea Michele & Jonathan Groff. The NBC reality talent show The Voice recorded as a commercial for the fourth season and featured vocals by Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira.
Nicki French version
Nicki French released a Hi-NRG remake of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" in 1995, which was also a worldwide hit. In the United States, French's version peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and garnered frequent airplay on CHR and AC radio. It also reached No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart after being re-issued in 1995.
French had made her first dance version recording of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" in 1994: French had purchased the Bonnie Tyler original as a teenager in 1983 and reacted negatively to the original suggestion that she (ie. French) remake the song as dance track - "I thought, no, it's too strong a song to go down the dance route. You know, it demeans it almost. But then I thought well, I'll give it a go. And as soon as I heard the track, I thought it actually does work." French's first recording of "Total Eclipse of the Heart", made with John Springate of the Glitter Band producing, came to the attention of Mike Stock and Matt Aitken who produced their own recording of the song by French and it was this version which appeared on the UK chart dated 10/15/1994 at #54. French would recall: "I just thought oh well that was great...I've [worked with] Mike Stock and Matt Aitken and it was a dream come true...we tried and I had a great time...And then about two months later I had a call out of the blue from Mike saying the buzz will not die down on this track so we're going to re-record the beginning...and we're going to re-release it at the beginning of 1995."
According to French her remake of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" became popular in the UK and the US in distinct remixes: "the slower version was the one that actually took a hold in the UK where originally they started with the fast one and then decided to go with the [remix which began] in the same vein as the Bonnie Tyler version [and then] sped up when the chorus came in...In the US it was the [remix] which was fast all the way through."