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re: Holding Out For A Hero

Posted by:
Vin 07:00 am MST 02/09/07
In reply to: Holding Out For A Hero - Scaramouche 07:12 pm MST 02/08/07

If Pitchford really did write ALL the lyrics, which I've always questioned, he did a bang-up job of Jimitation.

> 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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