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Holding Out For A Hero

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Scaramouche 07:12 pm MST 02/08/07

Dean Pitchford on working with Jim, on Hero:

"Well, in the case of Footloose, it was always driven forward from the script [which Pitchford wrote]. We knew exactly where songs were going to go. As I mapped it out, we had to trim, just because we knew what budget we had so we had to spend our pennies wisely. In every case, I had to ask: what's the rhythm of the song, what kind of artist is singing the song? Is it black? Is it pop? Is it rock-n-roll? Is it dance? That brought into play a whole list of artists and, in some cases, their collaborators. For instance, we had this idea to go to Bonnie Tyler to sing "Holding Out for a Hero" and she was only working with [composer] Jim Steinman. There's different kind of energy that's necessary when [music's] coming at you from the screen as against radio speakers and, with Jim [Steinman], who has that sense of theatricality, I didn't have to do too much prodding. He knew I wanted this to be big. I did walk into my meeting with Jim with the full lyric [to "Holding Out for a Hero"]. I had studied a lot of his work and he's very clever and wordy and he keeps the momentum going—like in "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights"—so I wrote a Jim Steinman lyric. Also, we rented an upright piano and rolled it into Herb Ross' office. Instead of running off and working in the studio before we got the thumbs up from Herbert, we would go in and sing the songs at the piano or on guitar and he would say 'yeah, that's the right direction' and then we would demo it to show the artist. With "Holding Out for a Hero," we brought a girlfriend of mine who's a singer and we went into Herbert Ross' office and Jim Steinman, with the long, long hair, sat there at the keyboard and played the full orchestra part of the song and when he finished, there was blood on the keyboard. He played the s—t out of that song. Afterwards, Herbert Ross said: Do it—that's the song."

I think Hero has great lyrics, especially the lines:

'somewhere after midnight, in my wildest fantasies,
somewhere just beyond my reach, there's someone reaching back for me...'


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