Sunday, July 31, 1983

Pat Benatar “Anxiety (Get Nervous)” released this month as a single

Anxiety (Get Nervous)

Pat Benatar

Writer(s): Neil Giraldo, Billy Steinberg (see lyrics here)

Released: July 1983

First Charted: --

Peak: 1 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): --

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 0.83 video, -- streaming


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About the Song:

Singer/songwriter Pat Benatar was born in 1953 in Brooklyn, New York. She started taking voice lessons in grade school and got involved in musical theater in high school. She aborted plans to attend Julliard in favor of Stony Brook University, but dropped out there after a year to marry her first husband, Dennis Benatar. She started working as a bank teller, but quit to pursue singing. She released her first single, “Day Gig,” in 1974 and her first album, In the Heat of the Night, in 1979.

The album featured “Heartbreaker,” which became her first chart hit, reaching #23 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was followed by the 1980 album Crimes of Passion, which sold four million copies. Its follow-up, 1981’s Precious Time, hit #1 on the Billboard album chart. She became a favorite at album radio with “Heartbreaker,” “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Treat Me Right,” and “Fire and Ice,” all of which became top 40 hits at pop radio.

Next up was 1982’s Get Nervous, her fourth of six consecutive platinum sellers and third consecutive top-5 album. It generated three more top-40 hits in “Shadows of the Night,” “Little Too Late,” and “Looking for a Stranger.” A fourth single, “Anxiety (Get Nervous),” was released in Europe and failed to chart but was accompanied by an entertaining video in which Benatar goes insane from a trip to a psychotic dentist’s office.

In a review of the album, All Music Guide’s Alex Henderson noted that the album was an effort on Benatar’s part to embrace new wave and put a strong emphasis on melody. She was determined not be pigeon-holed as a hard rock artist. He said that “Anxiety (Get Nervous)” and other songs were “intense, forceful jewels that rock aggressively.” AMG


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