OK, so Scandal may not come to mine when you think of classic rock groups, but Scandal, fronted by Patty Smyth did have a song or two in heavy rotation on MTV back in the early 80’s when I was in my early 20’s. Sure, some may think of Scandal as having more of a pop-rock sound, but I remember well those Scandal videos back then quite well. Mainly because I thought Patty Smyth was quite hot (especially on "Goodbye To You!") , and since she reminded me of a girl I dated briefly around that time, those vintage videos are even more memorable.
After Scandal faded from the scene, Smyth did some solo projects which included a successful solo album entitled Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough, which featured a duet with the Eagles’ Don Henley.
After marrying tennis star John McEnroe in the mid 1990’s and raising a few kids (some his and some hers), Smyth got the itch to get back on stage again. After a 2004 reunion on VH1’s Bands Reunited, Scandal was inspired to give it another go, and were on the road during 2006 with Rick Springfield.
Scandal seems to be gaining some traction these days, and like a lot of other classic groups, is starting to pick up some new fans from a generation that did not enjoy the benefits of MTV’s early days. Yeah, I kind of miss those early days with Martha Quinn and Nina Blackwood, and now I can’t remember the last time I tuned in, other than to watch Ozzy Osbourne’s show a few years back, which I thought was hilarious.
Anyway, enough with the reminiscing, and let’s back back to the present.
Scandal’s 1980’s hit "The Warrior" has been featured on an episode of Family Guy and on the video game "Grand Theft Auto," as well as an edition of "Guitar Hero" called "Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the ‘80s." A testament to the band’s efforts to revive their career perhaps.
With two original members re-joining Smyth, guitarist Keith Mack and keyboardist/guitarist Benjy King, the group’s original bass player has been replaced with Tom Welsch and original drummer with Eran Asias.
Smyth is obviously quite happy to be working again, and this statement demonstrates that quite well: “We’re kicking ass and blowing minds out there. We’re so tight, if I fell down a flight of stairs, these four guys would follow me and we’d all land on our feet. I’ve never had more fun. For once, I feel like all the weight isn’t on me. I’m at the top of my game. When I step out on that stage, I’m in my element. It’s an unbelievable joy.”
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Scandal in the early days of MTV