This Scandal song came within a heartbeat of the top 40
The '80s Cruise has begun and just because the rest of us were left behind, let's not be broken-hearted as we'll bide the time with a full week's Lost and Found videos in between Steve's reports from the ship. I know we are not broken-hearted because if you listen to Scandal today, you can hear the Beat Of A Heart.
For a boy growing up in the '80s there were plenty of celebrity crushes candidates out there. It could have been VJ's Nina Blackwood or Martha Quinn or perhaps one of my favorite crushes like Patty Smyth of Scandal. Scandal only released one EP and one album in the '80s, but what they lacked in quantity was made up for in quality - even if the charts didn't appreciate it. Case in point is Beat Of A Heart, that was the third single off The Warrior album. While the title track hit the Top 10, Beat Of A Heart fell just short of the Top 40 at No. 41 at the beginning of 1985.
The video for Beat Of A Heart shows the transformation of Patty Smyth from a new wave cutie in the 1982 Goodbye To You video to a breath-taking sex symbol. Smyth would go solo after The Warrior album and had success including the monster smash duet Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough with Don Henley in 1992.
Somehow Smyth survived without making me her boyfriend and "settled" for tennis legend John McEnroe as their marriage is now 19 years and counting. After spending those last 19 years raising six kids (two from McEnroe's first marriage to Tatum O'Neal, two from her first marriage to Richard Hell and two of their own), Smyth returned this past winter with the Scandal Christmas album Come On December that includes three originals and five classic holiday songs. You can also catch Smyth and her Veteran's Day salute with the beautiful song Broken off Come On December on the Scandal website.