The Warrior

Album: The Warrior (1984)
Charted: 7

Songfacts®:

  • This was written by Holly Knight along with Nick Gilder of "Hot Child In The City" fame. With the battle/love theme, the song is similar to Pat Benatar's "Love Is A Battlefield," which Knight also wrote. She told Songfacts: "I've had people come up to me over the years time and time again, the deepest darkest bands with every piercing and possible tattoo on them, and they're like, 'Dude, that song was so good, I want to re-cut that song.'"
  • This was the biggest hit for Scandal, whose lead singer Patty Smyth had a #2 US hit in 1992 with "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough," a duet with Don Henley. Smyth married tennis star John McEnroe in 1997.
  • By 1984, some record companies, including Scandal's label Columbia, had departments dedicated to music videos, since MTV was such a powerful promotional tool. The clip was deliriously bizarre. Instead of the band, we a guy who looks like one of the Thundercats dance-fighting around various other costumed creatures. Smyth appears in body paint and a short haircut, making the appropriately cheesy finger pistol gestures during the "bang bang" parts, a bit that Scandal's concert goers would imitate whenever they played the song live.

    "When I saw the video, I was crestfallen," Smyth said in the book I Want My MTV. "I had no idea it would look like an off-Broadway production of Cats."
  • The song had staying power - it appears in the video game Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the '80s, and it was the theme song for the Wigan Warriors, a popular British rugby team. >>
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    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • This is the theme song for the Netflix series GLOW, a fictional rendering of a real TV show about female professional wrestlers set in 1985. Patty Smyth told Spin that she didn't get notice that it was being used for the show because she didn't write the song - she heard about it through friends.

Comments: 6

  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenThat album certainly had one of the more memorable covers I ever saw.
  • Royden from Columbus Ohio 43213-2416I first hear this song at fort Dix in in 1984.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 8th 1984, Scandal performed "The Warrior” on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time it was at #8 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and two weeks later it would peak at #7 {for 2 weeks} and spent 21 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on July 22nd, 1984 it reached #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart...
    As already stated, in 1992 Patty Smyth reached #2 {for 6 weeks} with "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough"; and for those 6 weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for all those weeks was "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men...
    Ms. Smyth celebrated her 57th birthday three months ago on June 26th {2014} and since April of 1997 she has been married to four-time U.S. Open tennis champion, John McEnroe.
  • Marlenín from La Vega, Dominican RepublicSounds kind of sexy!!!!
  • Ron from Tyler, TxSexy video; 'nuf said.
  • Sam from Seattle, WaThis was used in the Family Guy episode "Petarded", as music for Stewie's I-pod commerical.
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