THEY don’t make them like Meat Loaf anymore.
In 2022, the next chart sensation is more likely to be called the Vegan Sausage Roll and they will almost certainly be playing acoustic guitar.
Theatrical, melodramatic, bigger than life, ridiculous, Meatloaf possibly the most OTT act to expand pop music’s most dizzying heights.
Over the course of his career, he’s clad himself with undying status as a badge of honor, defying trends with ruffled shirts and mind-boggling antics. scene from some Gothic nightmare.
Okay, he’s a pony that only knows a little trick. . . Bat Out Of Hell, episodes I, II and III, remains the ultimate proof rock music sticks to the winning formula. (Best results are patchy when he turns away.)
Out of gas
The first was released in 1977 at the height of punk, the second in 1993 when Britpop dominated, and the third in 2006 when the arctic monkeys were finding good on the dance floor.
As that matchless cry soared to heaven from the depths of hell, we sang along, we drove a little faster, and we bought millions of records. . . whatever era.
In today’s ultra-sensitive social media world, his macho performances may seem outdated and sexist but women perform his songs like Dead Ringer (Cher) ) and Paradise By The Dashboard Light (Ellen Foley) is intense and powerful, more than a duel with Meat is actually loaf.
As for I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do It), his only UK No. 1, people continue to speculate whether “that” refers to sexual behavior. , but the male singer always maintains a less flamboyant answer that lies within the verses.
Originally, Jim Steinman was kind enough to provide outrageous songs, like a cross between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alice Cooper.
Also with a personal bond with The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, who, in 1975, released the song The Last Ride Born To Run.
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If Bruce romanticizes the idea of escaping from a human existence, Bat Out Of Hell is entirely darker and the vehicle of choice as a beast is a motorbike that’s ramping up to full throttle.
The bloody lyrics show the driver resigned to being dumped. . . “And the last thing I saw was my heart still beating / Breaking out of my body and flying away.”
And why not, along with the kitchen sink, throw in the sound of a revolving bicycle?
Shangri-Las was there first with Leader Of The Pack, but who cares?
Crucial to the first Bat Out Of Hell album was genius producer Todd Rundgren, who sprinkled his magic dust on the records.
But Steinman and Rundgren needed the Meat Loaf to unleash the monster within to deliver an incredible, sweaty performance. It’s hard to imagine anyone else coming close.
Certainly, there has never been a death knell for Meat Loaf.
He is a right person and has missed a lot.
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