Bonnie Tyler

TV THEME SONGS: ‘Holding Out For A Hero’ – Bonnie Tyler

“Where have all the good men gone, and where are all the gods?”

“Holding Out For A Hero” would first appear on the soundtrack to ‘Footloose’ in 1984, but flopped on its initial release in the UK.

It finally hit the top ten in the UK in 1985 when it was used as the theme tune to the short lived American detective series ‘Cover Up’.

The series was shown on BBC1 on a Friday (or was it a Saturday) evening and although it only survived for 22 episodes it made an impression on me. Even though “Holding Out For A Hero” was not sung by Bonnie and was actually covered by EG Daily. I’m sure it was the appearance in the series that brought the song back to the publicity attention giving Bonnie a huge number two hit in the UK helped by the iconic video.

‘Cover Up’ had a rather sad history as the lead actor the rather handsome Jon-Eric Hexum tragically died in an onset gun accident after only seven episodes and had to be replaced. The series never recovered and was unfortunately cancelled, never to see the light of day again. However, Bonnie is still going strong and recently released her 17th studio album “Between The Earth And The Stars”, celebrating 50 years in showbiz!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!