Friday, February 26, 2010

10 Greatest Songs - #9



Meatloaf - Paradise by the Dashboard Light


Whilst most people will agree that Meatloaf was incredibly successful, a large number of opponents criticise the songs he sang as bland and basic and not radical enough. I don't agree. Meatloaf was the performer that made Jim Steinman's work sound best. For those who don't know, Jim Steinman was the man behind Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell album, one of the most
successful albums of all time. The two fell out and Jim recorded the follow up himself.

Bad For Good was a great album but not the same. Jim's vocals are not Meatloaf's and the chance to have the same success again was missed. But Bat Out of Hell has its own legacy and history. If you've not heard it then you've neglected your musical education.

So why Paradise by the Dashboard light? Well it's music that makes me smile inside. The imagery of the 17 year olds desperate to "do it" is compelling. I could almost imagine this music being sung live.

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