Some of you may have heard of Jim Steinman’s passing yesterday at the age of 73. It made me think of my freshman year of high school, venturing by bus to Pinellas Square Mall one Saturday in the spring of 1986.
CBS had just released Bonnie Tyler’s latest album, Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire. The album wasn’t even remotely the commercial success of Faster Than The Speed Of Night, but I didn’t know that was going to be the outcome when I got it.
It was also around that time wrestling was so big that Hulk Hogan had his own cartoon series and had that powerful theme with vocals going, “Hulk! Hulk!!”
I put side one of Bonnie’s album and hear the first track, Ravishing. It sounds the same as the Hulk Hogan theme! I gently lift the needle and examine the album print. Was someone playing a practical joke on me?
I put the record back on and eventually Bonnie starts with the vocal. Yep, it was Hulk’s cartoon instrumental with different and a lot more lyrics.
An interesting piece of marketing for sure, but Steinman had a lot of ideas that were repackaged and refined.