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Friday, June 17, 2016

songbird salutes the 70's: Meat Loaf

The news today: Meat Loaf collapsed on stage during a performance in Canada, he's n the hospital but doing well.

Marvin Lee Aday, better known as Meat Loaf, first came to our attention in a featured role in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  When he sang "Hot Patootie -- Bless My Soul", we all paid attention.

but it wasn't until 1977's "Bat Out of Hell" album that Meat Loaf became a star. 

Teenage angst, young love, sex, drugs and rock and roll.  Theatrical storytelling.  Powerful ballads. That distinctive Jim Steinman sound.  And incredible cover art.

The album was released in October 1977, during my senior year of high school, and the songs dominated the radio the following summer. The melancholy and cynical  "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad".  The raunchy "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" with the play-by-play done by none other than Yankee great Phil Rizzuto.  And the title track, in which the hero literally crashes and burns.


1 comment:

bookworm said...

I was already an adult, but I love that first album. It wasn't a makeout song for me but I love the music (and the play-by-play) of Paradise by the Dash Board Light. We have, I think, two of his albums. This has been a bad year for musicians and will hope for the best outcome. Alana

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