Pat Benatar was one of MTV's early stars - her "You Better Run
" clip was just the second video the network played when they launched in 1981. For "Shadows Of The Night," a conceptual video was made by director Mark Robinson showing Pat as a WWII flying ace doing her part to fight the Nazis while also singing from her aircraft. We find out at the end that she is really a riveter, and it was all a dream.
Benatar married her guitarist, Neil Giraldo, nine months before the Get Nervous
album came out, and while Neil was her musical partner, he wasn't big on the videos. He told Songfacts
: "As videos got more popular, they became little stories or vignettes, and to me they didn't represent the song anymore. They were like little commercials for people trying to make the interpretation of the words different than what they should have been. So I wasn't a big fan, and I hated it. I was like, 'How could you do this?' Why would you do a song like 'Shadows of the Night' and have it like a war scene? What is this? This is horrible. Who thought this was a good idea? We made the rule that there would be no more historical costumes anymore after that video. It just became stupid and senseless.
But on the other hand, what a medium for trying to get music and songs out. I knew it would be big, but I had no idea it would have that much impact. Incredible."