Crimes of Passion (Pat Benatar album)

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Crimes of Passion
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 5, 1980
StudioSound City Studios, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California
GenreHard rock, pop rock
ProducerKeith Olsen
Pat Benatar chronology
In the Heat of the Night
Crimes of Passion
Precious Time
Singles from Crimes of Passion
  1. "You Better Run" / "Out-A-Touch"
    Released: July 8, 1980
  2. "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" / "I'm Gonna Follow You" / "Prisoner of Love"
    Released: September 15, 1980
  3. "Treat Me Right" / "Never Wanna Leave You"
    Released: December 29, 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[2]

Crimes of Passion is the second studio album by American rock singer Pat Benatar, released on August 5, 1980 by Chrysalis Records. The album is the first to feature Myron Grombacher on drums, beginning a long tenure in Benatar's band that would last into the late-1990s.

The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 album chart the week ending August 23 and held at No. 2 for five weeks in the US in January 1981, behind John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy.[3] It contains the hits "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" (US No. 9),[4] "You Better Run" (US No. 42),[4] "Treat Me Right" (US No. 18),[4] plus a cover of Kate Bush's international hit, "Wuthering Heights". Crimes of Passion is Benatar's biggest selling career album, having been certified 4x Platinum (for sales of over four million copies) in the United States alone.[5] In Billboard magazine's year end chart, Crimes of Passion was listed at number 5.[6]

The song "Hell Is for Children", which was not released as an A-side single, was also a hit on album-rock stations. A live version of this song from her album Live from Earth (1983) was released as the B-side of her "Love Is a Battlefield" single three years later. The song was featured in the 1981 animated film American Pop, as well as on the soundtrack.[7]

In 1981, Benatar won her first Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance thanks to Crimes of Passion.[8]

The music video for the song "You Better Run" was the second music video ever aired on MTV in 1981.

Crimes of Passion was reissued and remastered on Capitol Records in 2006.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Treat Me Right"Doug Lubahn, Pat Benatar3:24
2."You Better Run" (The Young Rascals cover)Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere3:02
3."Never Wanna Leave You"Neil Giraldo, Benatar3:13
4."Hit Me with Your Best Shot"Eddie Schwartz2:51
5."Hell Is for Children"Giraldo, Benatar, Roger Capps4:48
Side two
6."Little Paradise"Giraldo3:32
7."I'm Gonna Follow You"Billy Steinberg4:28
8."Wuthering Heights" (Kate Bush cover)Kate Bush4:28
9."Prisoner of Love"Scott St. Clair Sheets3:05
10."Out-A-Touch"Giraldo, Benatar, Myron Grombacher4:19



  • Pat Benatar - lead and backing vocals
  • Neil Giraldo - lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Scott St. Clair Sheets - rhythm guitars
  • Roger Capps - bass, backing vocals
  • Myron Grombacher - drums




Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1984 5x Platinum (+ 5,000,000)[5]
Canada CRIA 1981 5x Platinum (+ 500,000)[20]
France SNEP 1981 Gold (+ 100,000)[21]


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  2. ^ Cohen, Debra Rae (November 13, 1980). "Album Reviews: Pat Benatar - Crimes of Passion". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
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  16. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 34, No. 1, October 11, 1980". Library and Archives Canada. October 11, 1980. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
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  21. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973: search for Benatar P." (in French). Retrieved July 19, 2014.

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