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Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero (1984)

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"Holding Out for a Hero" is a song recorded by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler for the soundtrack to the 1984 film Footloose. It ...

"Holding Out for a Hero" is a song recorded by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler for the soundtrack to the 1984 film Footloose. It later featured on her sixth studio album, Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire (1986). The track was produced by Jim Steinman, who co-wrote the song with Dean Pitchford.

"Holding Out for a Hero" was a top 40 hit in several European countries, as well as Canada and the United States. It was a chart flop in the United Kingdom when first released in 1984, but a re-release in 1985 reached no. 2 (remaining there for three weeks) and topped the singles chart in Ireland.

Music video

The accompanying music video for "Holding Out for a Hero" was produced by Jeffrey Abelson, and directed by Doug Dowdle, with the concept by Keith Williams. It was filmed at the Grand Canyon, Arizona, and at Veluzat Ranch, California. It was the second video, released to promote Footloose while featuring no movie footage in the video.

The video sees Tyler escaping from a burning house; the video is set primarily in the vicinity of the burning house and on the edge of the Grand Canyon – interspersed with shots of angelic background singers in white dresses. Evil cowboys dressed in black, carrying neon whips appear before Tyler, threatening her; a cowboy hero dressed in white, brandishing a revolver, appears on horseback and the evil cowboys flee on horseback, with the hero in pursuit. As the song fades out, the hero cowboy appears in front of Tyler.

Tyler later featured in a parody of the video by David Copperfield.

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