I was a fan of Pat Benatar and I bought Crimes of Passion when it was released in 1980. Spawning three best-selling singles and several AOR station favorites, Crimes of Passion was the biggest selling album of Benatar’s career.
By the time Seven the Hard Way, her seventh album, came out, my musical tastes had moved on to bigger and better. Seven the Hard Way‘s lead-off track, “Sex as a Weapon” got some airplay, but despite a Grammy nomination and its provocative title, only reached number 28 on Billboard’s Top 100. The song, while it yearned to be a female empowerment anthem, suffered from unfortunate inane lyrics that were actually offensive to women.