The other day, I added "The Warrior" into rotation. Had the song on a 45 rpm single. You know the song: "Shooting at the walls of heartache. BANG! BANG! I am the warrior!" The song was released in 1984 and peaked at #7 on the Billboard charts. Not a terrible song, to be sure. Very 80s. The video, however, is atrocious. It's like an apocalyptic Cats: dancers in ragged tights dance-fighting in an alley. I've seen various renditions of this over the years at high school orchesis performances. At one point in the video, Patty Smyth's hair changes into a bizarre Bride of Frankenstein doo. Why? Who knows. She battles too, but stops in time to lip-sync the important lines in song. The video is so bad, it's actually fun to watch:
After Sammy Hagar left Van Halen, supposedly Eddie Van Halen asked Patty Smyth to front the band. Could you imagine Van Halen doing a rendition of this song?
On the Vinyl Voyage you can hear an eclectic mix of tunes from over the last several decades. Yes, including "The Warrior." We are adding more songs every day. Give us a listen.
And remember: Vinyl was the original CD.