Good Girls Go To Heaven

Album: Original Sin (1989)
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Songfacts®:

  • Running 6:24, this grandiloquent song was written and produced by Jim Steinman, the man who composed the music for the Bonnie Tyler hit "Holding Out For A Hero," which contained many of the musical elements heard here.

    Pandora's Box was Steinman's creation. The group was comprised of the singers Deliria Wilde, Elaine Caswell, Ellen Foley and Gina Taylor, but none of them appeared on this track. The lead vocalist here is Holly Sherwood, who often performed background vocals on Steinman productions. The backup singers on this one are Todd Rundgren, Eric Troyer and Rory Dodd. Roy Bitten from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band played the piano.

    Pandora's Box released just one album - Original Sin - which was released only in Europe. The project had surprising little success considering the top-tier talent that was involved.
  • While bad girls go everywhere. Ditto boys. This uptempo commercial track contains a bit of philosophizing:

    "It ain't right, it ain't fair
    Castles fall in the sand and we fade in the air"

    And yuk, that all-too-common and quite ugly grammatical mistake: "Every time I try and dream you". No, it's "try to." Not a bad number all the same, though not to be confused with any earlier song of the same or similar title. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • Jim Steinman resurrected this song in 1993 when he had Meat Loaf record it for the Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell album, which Steinman produced. Another Pandora's Box track, "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," was later revived by Celine Dion.
  • A lavish video was created for this song set in a women's prison. It was directed by Brian Grant, who had previously helmed the videos for Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" and Peter Gabriel's "Shock The Monkey." The song's vocalist, Holly Sherwood, does not appear in the video - her part was lip-synched by a dancer.

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