Scandal first arrived on the New York City music scene in 1982, and quickly rose to prominence during the early days of MTV. Patty's sultry, swivel-hipped videogenics proved a perfect match for the fledgeling music channel. The early hits -- "Love's Got a Line On You" and "Goodbye To You" -- were at the core of Scandal's self-titled 5-song mini-album debut. It was certified RIAA gold - the biggest-selling EP in Columbia history to that point.
Their 1984 full-length album, Warrior, was an RIAA platinum LP boosted by three solid hits - the Top 10 title tune "The Warrior," and two follow-ups that both rose to the cusp of the Top 40, "Hands Tied" and "Beat Of A Heart."
Following two solo albums in 1987 and 1992, Patty secured a further hit record via a duet with Don Henley of The Eagles; "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" peaked at number 2 in the US charts and went gold. Its parent album, Patty Smyth, also went gold and featured two other minor hits, "No Mistakes" and "I Should Be Laughing". She had previously recorded with Don Henley as a backing vocalist on several songs on his albums Building The Perfect Beast and The End of the Innocence. She subsequently co-wrote the 1994 song "Look What Love Has Done", nominated for a Grammy and an Academy Award after its inclusion on the soundtrack to Junior. Further soundtrack commissions resulted in her penning the theme tune, "Wish I Were You", to the 1998 blockbuster movie Armageddon.