She is not the joke

She is not the joke

Pat Benatar turns 66 today (January 10th). Her first big song was “Heartbreaker” off the album: In the Heat of the Night back in 1979. It was her breakthrough hit 40 years ago and she still performs it. In fact, she closes her shows with it. But she approaches the song very differently now than she did then. She explains:

“I can still sing ‘Heartbreaker’ and not feel any trepidation about doing it at all. I mean, I really still enjoy doing it. Different take, of course — tongue-in-cheek now. If you’re going to do it you’ve got to find a way to make it work for now. I mean, I could never go out there seriously — pointing and that bravado thing. What is that? They get the joke. The most important thing is to make sure you always get the joke. Otherwise, you are the joke.”