"Classic Albums" - Bat Out Of Hell -
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"I describe it as feverous, strong, romantic, violent,
rebellious, fun, and heroic."
On Bat Out Of Hell...
"I didnt want it to be just a bunch of songs. I
wanted it to feel like you were like entering a cinematic or complete theatrical
"I was totally thinking of theater. I did theater up at
school but it was a big piece of rock theater. It was three hour epic rock musical that I
wrote, a piece called The Dream Engine."
On the making of Bat Out Of Hell...
"We had no record deal and we had no idea whether this
would work or not. I dont even think we knew what this was. "
Steve Popovich listened to the first 20 seconds of
You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth and apparently called David
Sonenberg and said I want to sign this. It is the best rock and roll into I ever
It was pretty simple
it was your basic power chords
and all I added
was a bit of melody."
On Meat Loaf...
Im not even sure he (Meat Loaf) knows who
'Meat Loaf' is. He definitely would become the person in the song."
On Bat Out Of Hell...
"That came out of my obsession with crash songs. I grew up
loving crash songs.
I know I sat down to write the most extreme car crash song of
To me it was very country, by the way, I wanted to
be a country singer when I was a kid too. I really heard it like the plains of
I just heard it like a dusty plain. That was perfect to transfer to Meat Loaf
who always had that in him anyway, that Elvis quality. I think there is a bit of Elvis, to
say the least, in Meat."
"Just like I wanted to write the ultimate car crash song, I
wanted to write sort of the ultimate car sex song. Those are two important mythic icons of
rock and roll. So I thought Id really take car sex to its ultimate extreme,
where it ruins lives."
On His Songs
"I never thought of them as being personal songs in terms
of my own life
But they were definitely personally obsessive songs. They were all
about my obsessions and images. I mean none of them takes place in a normal world, for me.
They all take place in very extreme worlds, very operatic again. The key word is really
'heightened'. Theyre all heightened. They dont take place in normal
On Bat Out Of Hell The Album
Meat Loaf: "I think Bat
Out Of Hell is more real than 95% of the records ever made."
Karla Devito: "It made a
commitment to something. It wasnt a like rehash of somebody elses junk
It was very true to itself."
Ellen Foley: "There are just
some things that touch an emotional core that I think people are going to want to listen
to for a long time. This record is one of them."
Max Weinberg: "I think
Bat Out Of Hell will probably last forever."
Jim Steinman: "I think it is a
heroic record ultimately in content and execution. There is a sense of heroism which you
definitely dont find in most pop music which tends to be domestic. "
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