Pat Benatar

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Pat Benatar


Pat Benatar, aka "Pat Andrzejewski" from Brooklyn, NY, rocked the world from the early 70's until the early 90's, reaching her heyday in the 80's. Albums like Crimes of Passion and Precious Time marked her as a full-blown stadium rocker despite her diminutive stature, and she had a number of platinum records as well as Grammy Awards for both Best Female Rock Performance in 1980 and for the single "Fire and Ice." By 1988, however, she was losing ground, and didn't release another album until 1991: the disastrous blues record True Love. A critical and commercial failure, it prompted her to return to mainstream rock on the 1993 record Gravity's Rainbow. Featuring a lot of orchestration and great production values, it was too little too late. Both radio and record-buying public had lost interest and the album slipped off the charts shortly after its release. It has little to offer a Pynchon fan other than its title and flattering reference, which is sad since, at one time, Ms Benatar was a pretty hot rocket.


Benatar's GR

Gravity's Rainbow
Pat Benatar / Audio CD / Released 1993
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8-15-80 * [7/14]
Pat Benatar / Audio CD / Released 1998
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Best Shots
Pat Benatar / Audio CD / Released 1989
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Crimes Of Passion
Pat Benatar / Audio CD / Released 1989
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Get Nervous
Pat Benatar / Audio CD / Released 1989
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In The Heat Of The Night
Pat Benatar / Audio CD / Released 1989
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In The Heat Of The Night [Gold Disc]
Pat Benatar / Audio CD / Released 1994
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Pat Benatar / Audio CD / Released 1997
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Live From Earth
Pat Benatar / Audio CD / Released 1989
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Precious Time
Pat Benatar / Audio CD / Released 1989
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Tropico/Seven the Hard Way
Pat Benatar / Audio CD / Released 1999
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True Love
Pat Benatar / Audio CD / Released 1991
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All-Music Guide -- The AMG entry on Pat Benatar.

Pat Benatar Card -- At the Ultimate Band List, this page has a collection of links to Pat Benatar Web sites and information.

Anderson, Laurie.
Famous New York performance artist Laurie Anderson dedicated a song to Pynchon on her Mister Heartbreak album.

Benatar, Pat.
Believe it or not, she named a final album Gravity's Rainbow.

Benny Profane.
English hard rockers from Liverpool, they took their name from a character in V.

Blowtorch, Eric
Reggae influenced artist putting Pynchon's lyrics to music.

An avant garde German group used Gravity's Rainbow to tell a different tale.

Corey, Prof. Irwin.
The man who was the infamous stand-in for Thomas Ruggles Pynchon.

They recorded Maxwell's Demon Box on their album, Days Between Stations.

Einhorn, Richard.
Another rendition of music devoted to the Demon, and much more.

Fariña, Richard.
An long-time friend of Pynchon, this folkie named an instrumental work after a Pynchon novel.

Favorite Color, The.
A New Jersey band sets a selection from V. to music on their album Color Out of Space (1996).

Fool, The.
Surely not Slothrop's band, this was a short lived group which did, in fact, have a harmonica player.

Forked Yew.
Independent, highly experimental rockers and Pynchon fans from the American South.

Frith & Kaiser.
An instrumental pair with a piece called The Kirghiz Light.

Hall, Ed.
An early 90's band influenced by Pynchon, they named a song Roger Mexico.

Insect Trust.
This jazzy, psychedelic group mined V. for lyrics to The Eyes of a New York Woman.

Jazz Butcher.
AKA Pat Fish, who named a track Looking for Lot 49 on his Fishcoteque album.

Jones, Spike.
Pynchon himself wrote the liner notes for Spiked!

Knopfler, Mark.
The Sultan of Swing sails to Philadelphia!

Koron, Barry.
Weilding the Sjambok never felt so good!

Lot 49 (Ontario).
This now retired hardcore outfit hailed from the hometown of Spermatikos Logos' own Laurence Daw.

Lot 49 (NYC).
Indie NYC rockers named after Pynchon's second novel.

A New York group whose liner notes were penned by the Man himself.


A visit to San Narciso.

Was the famous tune Smells Like Teen Spirit acutally inspired by a song from Gravity's Rainbow?

Nova Mob.
A "Rock Opera" filled with references to Gravity's Rainbow.

Ocker, David.
Musical meditations on Eight Facts About
Thomas Pynchon

Okasek, Ric.
Ride The Rocket with the former frontman of The Cars.


Pere Ubu.
David Thomas' legendary, seminal band shows some Pynchon influences.

These literate Indies hail from Flordia, and have a song about Wanda Tinasky which is highly recomm-ended!

Poster Children.
This group from Champaign, Illinois, covers a lot of Pynchon ground!

English art-rockers who incorporate many Pynchon motifs into their work.

An offshoot of Zoviet France, Robin Storey's group named Rapoon released an album called The Kirghiz Light.

Sauter & Dietrich, Moore.
More liner notes written by Pynchon !!


Six Finger Satellite.
Indie electro-rock futurists Six Finger Satellite make a reference to Gravity's Rainbow.

Soft Machine.
Seminal "proggies," they recorded a full-scale work called Esther's Nose Job in 1969.

Spock's Beard.
In memory of "the evil Spock," they do homage to V.

Time in Malta.
A California metal group with a name taken from V.

Ware, Tim.
Pynchon scholar, Web master, and MIDI Musician.

Whole Sick Crew, The.
Purveyors of pirate folk-punk, truly a gang like their Pynchon namesakes.

XXX Atomic Toejam.
F. Thorendal, from praised thrash-heroes Meshuggah, gets one in for the Vikings.

Yo La Tengo.
Making music indebted to The Crying of Lot 49.

Related to New York's Lot 49, ths Florida group also takes their name from Pynchon's work.

Zevon, Warren.
He recently released an album containing work inspired by Pynchon.


--Dr Larry Daw
& A. Ruch
21 May 2000