The Lord of Excess

Get ready for a wild ride.

I remember that I kind of half-liked the Sisters of Mercy back in the day (First and Last and Always era) but I was quite young and still untrained. And then this:

What a change. Should I like it? Is it ok to like that song? Was it Goth enough? The Floodland version of “This Corrosion” lasts a whole 9 minutes 16 seconds and I couldn’t get enough out of it. Also: Patricia Morrison.

Little did I know that this was written by Jim Steinman, who, among other songs, is responsible for this epicness:

Stereogum’s Tom Breihan:

Total Eclipse Of The Heart” is an extinction-level event rendered in musical form. It’s pop music as heart-pounding, chest-thumping, blood-gargling, heavens-falling passion explosion. It’s sheer spectacle. It’s fireworks and lasers and lightning and thunder. It soars and swoops and barrel-rolls. The song flies along from one fiery climax to the next, and right when it seems like it’s about to end, it takes off again and somehow becomes even bigger. Who the fuck cares what it’s about?

From the really excellent column The Number Ones

Tyler’s next Steinman opus was the Footloose related “Holding Out For A Hero” (I still remember how much of an event Footloose was in our school) and the NEXT one was “If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)

which flopped.

Although it didn’t because it became:

Nice, eh? More on “You Give Love a Bad Name.

Steinman worked with lots of other artists including Celine Dion (!). Here’s more info from his site (which looks like it was created in 1995 and it might have been) and also some thoughts on the Phenomenology Of Excess. Also, a post from pop-verse that I found interesting, a quasi-related article from Atlas Obscura and an interview with Andrew Eldritch, aptly named Cats, Goths & The Sisters Of Mercy.

Jim Steinman worked with Eldritch and SoM on two more songs, Dominion and More. What’s more interesting is that the first time they were to collaborate was on a cover of ABBA’s “Gimme Gimme Gimme” that Sisters were to release but never did. Imagine what that could have been!

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