A Bonnie Tyler Press Compilation
Total Eclipse Of The Chart
by Chas De Whalley
" "…Actually I didn't expect Jim to say 'yes' to producing me, anyway. I only asked him because I'm a huge fan of his records, especially his solo album, and when my manager and I were discussing my comeback we both agreed that I had to sound the best or nobody would take me seriously.
So we thought: 'Why not go for the best producer?' It was a long shot and, to begin with, Jim said 'no' because all he'd heard was 'Heartache'. But we sent him some new demos of the sort of songs I wanted to do and he obviously realized then that I could sing. So he invited me over to New York to talk to him."
There followed a Gothic scene which was pure Jim Steinman. Imagine a large darkened room, not too dissimilar to some of the sets in the video of "Total Eclipse" (which, incidentally, was shot in an old lunatic asylum and scripted by Steinman himself) and a big grand piano down in the middle of it. Usher in Bonnie Tyler to find the man himself seated at it like the Phantom Of The Opera declaiming the old Credence Clearwater classic 'Have You Ever Seen The Rain?' and an Ian Hunter/Eric Bloom collaboration, 'Going Through The Motions.'
"I loved them both. Which was a good thing really because he told me later that if I hadn't he wouldn't have worked with me. Then he played me the two songs he'd written himself, and I knew we were away. The album took three and a half months to record and the atmosphere in the studio was so exciting because he used so great musicians… " "