Pat Benatar married her guitarist Neil Giraldo
in 1982, and he has been her producer ever since. It was Giraldo who decided to make this an uptempo song. He told us: "If I hear a song, whether we write it or somebody else did, as soon as I hear it, I hear it finished, the way I hear it in the studio. I hear from beginning to end - I know exactly what it's going to be. And the best example of that probably is 'Love Is a Battlefield.' That was a song written very slow, very methodical, boring, like 'We... are... young... heartache... to... heartache...' I mean, it was really slow. (Laughing) As soon as I heard it, I went, 'I don't understand why this song would be so slow.' I just heard it done in the uptempo thing.
When I did it, and Mike (Chapman) heard it - and I love Mike, he's done so much for me in my life. He's one of the people that I owe everything to, because he's the guy that put all this stuff together for me - but when he heard it, he just went crazy. He goes, 'I don't want you to have the song anymore. I hate it. I hate what you've done. It's horrible. I can't listen to it. It's horrible.' And then it went to #5, and he goes, 'I think it's great!' (Laughs).
It was difficult for the record company to hear it, too. Because when they heard it, they went, 'What are you doing? What is this drum machine thing you did? Why did you create this weird loop? Why did you do this? It's horrible. What are you doing? I'm not going to release it. It's wrong.' I go, 'No, it ain't wrong. Song's a hit, I'm telling you. Leave it the way it is.' I battled with them and battled with them, and eventually they said yes. And they came around to it, too. But think of it if it was me, where I wrote the song and I gave it to somebody, and I had a vision of what it was and they totally destroyed that thing. I would have said the same thing Mike did. I would have went, 'What the hell are you doing? You ruined my song. What would you do that for?' But it's one of those things. When you have a great song or a great arrangement that all works, sometimes it takes a little time to kind of grow on you. And then when it does, you don't get bored. You listen and you go, 'Wow, this is great. I'm really happy I did.'"