Tyler's career reached new heights with this release and put her as the only Welsh artist to hit the number-one slot in the U.S Billboard charts.
According to Meat Loaf, Steinman had given the song, along with 'Making Love (Out of Nothing At All)' to Meat Loaf for his 'Midnight at the Lost and Found' album. However, Meat Loaf's record company refused to pay for Steinman and he wrote separate songs himself. Steinman's songs were then given to Bonnie Tyler and Air Supply, respectively.
The Gothic themed video features Bonnie Tyler clad in white, apparently having a dream or fantasy about her students in a boys' boarding school. Young men are seen dancing and participating in various school activities such as swim team, karate, fencing, football, and singing in a choir. The video was shot at Holloway Sanatorium.
The original version of the song, on Faster Than the Speed of Night, was just over seven minutes in length. Thus, an edited version was, and still is most commonly played on radio. The radio version is four and a half minutes, and removes the entire third verse and trims the extended fade-out ending. The music video version is roughly one minute longer than the radio version.
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Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Video