Taylor Dayne was (and as it turns out, still is) one of those singers with a big, powerful voice who can make your toes tingle when she hits the money note. She was around in the 80s and 90s and had such mega hits as “Tell It To My Heart” and “I’ll Be Your Shelter”.
In Australia, Taylor seemed to disappear around 1993. She recorded my favourite song of hers. “Original Sin”, the theme song for the movie “The Shadow” starring Alec Baldwin as a shadowy super hero. The movie was OK, I guess, but the thing that I really loved was the song.
“Original Sin” was written and produced by none other than Jim Steinman, an obvious choice to work with Taylor. It’s big, bombastic and dramatic. Another obvious choice for the clip was the director, Russell Mulcahy (also directed the movie). Typical Mulcahy with billowing capes, billowing hair, attractive bare chested male dancers and more billowing, interspersed with clips from the movie. The song actually wouldn’t be out of place in a James Bond movie. One of the lines even refers to a “license to thrill”.
Anyway, here’s the clip in all its glory. I’m sure you’ll see why I love it so much on a number of levels.
Getting back to my question that forms the title of this post – whatever did happen to Taylor Dayne?
A quick visit to Wikipedia shows that although Australia turned their collective back on her in around 1993, Taylor has continued to record and have hits up until today. I was surprised to discover that she even recorded her version of the Dusty Springfield classic, “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” – and it’s not too shabby at all.
It appears that there is work on a new greatest hits album underway which will include a new song called “Right Time”. This should be out later this year. In the meantime maybe we should start a petition to have Taylor Dayne and Jim Steinman record the theme for the next James Bond movie.