memories of the ’80s – Scandal

Born out of the music scene of New York City, Scandal was initially a new wave band with five members including lead singer Patty Smyth.

Formed in 1981, Smyth was joined by Ivan Elias, Keith Mack, Benjy King, Tom Welsh, Frankie LaRocka and Eran Asias. For a brief time, Jon Bon Jovi worked with the band.

In 1982, the band put out the EP Scandal which featured the first single Goodbye to You and the second single Love’s got a line on You. Although neither song were huge hits, the steady airplay of music videos helped the band move on to its first album release The Warrior in 1984.

The band was now featuring Thommy Price on drums instead of LaRocka and was facing many internal struggles. But the first single from the album, the title track, was the hot song – The Warrior peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and the video was on heavy rotation on MuchMusic and MTV.

The album spawned two more singles: Beat of a Heart and Hands Tied, both which hit mid-chart numbers with Billboard.

I remember seeing this video play regularly on MuchMusic – the lead singer Smyth was the focus of the video with her oh so ’80s style – bold makeup, big hair and post-apocalyptic wardrobe.

The band was slated to go on tour in 1984, and the band members fighting led to several members leaving except for Smythe and Mack by the end of the tour, which is when the band officially broke up.

Smyth decided to become a solo artist but the band’s one hit wonder of The Warrior was a memorable song at the height of the 1980s new wave popularity.