The Big Moon serves up a stellar rendition of "Total Eclipse Of The Heart"

It’s hard to escape the influence of Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 melancholic power ballad “Total Eclipse Of The Heart.” Even before the recent surge in popularity, its impact was hard to deny. The song (and its video) has been covered and parodied by dozens of artists, with even Warby Parker getting in on the action. Adding…

Bonnie Tyler to perform “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” during total eclipse of the sun

In her most on-the-nose gig since performing “Holding Out For A Hero” while standing in line at her favorite submarine sandwich shop, celebrated ’80s chanteuse Bonnie Tyler has announced that she’ll be performing her hit song “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” during next week’s solar eclipse. Not only will Tyler be…

Uncovering the real identity of that middle-aged bald guy in ’80s music videos

The initial batch of MTV videos had plenty of ridiculous recurring tropes—from diaphanous scarves billowing in the breeze to ridiculously hot women lounging in cars. Eagle-eyed writer Christopher Bickel over at Dangerous Minds, however, found an even more interesting bit of repetition in early ’80s clips: a stoic,…

Can you take me high enough?: 24 songs with a pivotal key change

As guitarist Nigel Tufnel despairs to director Marty DiBergi in Spinal Tap, once your amps are turned up all the way to 11, “Where do you go from there? Where?” Many songwriters stuck in a creative corner kick up the jams with a tried and true chestnut: the key change. This showy yet effective tool can underline a…

“Total Eclipse Of The Heart” has a surprisingly elaborate musical anatomy

If you go out for a night of karaoke, chances are pretty good you’ll hear someone belting out “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” at some point in the evening. Originally written by Jim Steinman for Meat Loaf and then later popularized by Bonnie Tyler’s chart-topping recording, “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” is one of the…