Thursday Inspiration #192 Invincible

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word help, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Invincible’, or by going with another song by Pat Benatar, or anything else that you think fits.  Pat Benatar recorded ‘Invincible on her 1985 sixth studio album Seven the Hard Way.  The song charted #53 in the UK, and it reached #10 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 and it also earned Pat Benatar a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female, in 1985.  This euphoric do-or-die empowerment anthem was written in London by Simon Climie and Holly Knight.  Holly had a script for a new movie called The Legend Of Billie Jean, which was sort of a Joan of Arc story, or it could be considered to be a G rated version of Natural Born Killers, when she was looking for a lead singer for her New Wave-y pop band Device which was a was a short-lived American pop-rock trio with keyboardist, bassist and vocalist Holly Knight and frontman Paul Engemann and guitarist Gene Black Producer Mike Chapman suggested that Knight should check out the British pop duo Climie Fisher.  Simon Climie was working with Rob Fisher and after checking out the band Holly Knight went to Simon’s apartment which contained two Fairlight computer/keyboards and that is where they wrote the song.

Holly was happy to have the script as she said that made the writing easier for her and the story of a young female vigilante fighting for justice sparked her imagination.  The film producers told Holly that the song was to be for a woman that was going through hard times that refuses to back down and they wanted it to be a strong tune with a serious feeling.  Holly knew that Pat Benatar was going to do a new album since she worked with Mike Chapman to write the 1983 hit song ‘Love Is A Battlefield’ for Pat, so she approached her and she loved the tune, although she was disappointed with the movie which was a box office bomb despite the success of this song.  Pat Benatar’s band shot a video for it while Pat was four months pregnant.  At this time in her career, Benatar was trying to overhaul her image of being a Spandex-clad pop-rocker.  In 1977, Pat got a big break in her career, when she was dressed up as a character from the cult sci-fi movie “Cat Women of the Moon” and she went to the Village to perform at the club Catch a Rising Star.  The crowd loved her, so she repeated the look again, and the spandex costume became her signature look that everyone came to know.  Holly Knight was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2013 and Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2022.  In the movie The Legend of Billie Jean a young girl becomes wanted by the law after her younger brother accidentally shoots a small business owner and they and their friends are running from the law and trying to tell their side of the story.

This bloody road remains a mystery
This sudden darkness fills the air
What are we waiting for?
Won’t anybody help us?
What are we waiting for?

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