OK, this was an interesting BATTLE. Don’t ya think? I’ll be perfectly honest, I was $2.00 over that line of not enough sleep, and running faster than I can, when I came up with this BATTLE. I really didn’t expect it to be one of my best. Frankly, I kind of expected it to be a shut-out. BUT, as usual you guys, my trusty voters, surprised me.
I’ve always kind of liked this song. I know it’s smaltzy, overdone, over produced and pretty much typical Meatloaf, but I have always like it. Here’s what Wacky-Watchee has to say about Meatloaf or Michael or Marvin.
Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday; September 27, 1947) is an American musician and actor best known by his stage name Meat Loaf. He is noted for the Bat Out of Hell album trilogy consisting of Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose and his powerful vocals over a three-octave range. Bat Out of Hell has sold more than 43 million copies worldwide. After 35 years, it still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually and stayed on the charts for over nine years, making it one of the best selling albums of all time.
Although he enjoyed success with Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and earned a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song "I'd Do Anything for Love" on the latter album, Meat Loaf experienced some initial difficulty establishing a steady career within his native US. However, he has retained iconic status and popularity in Europe, especially the UK, where he ranks 23rd for the number of weeks overall spent on the charts as of 2006. He ranked 96th on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock".
He is one of the best-selling artists of all time, with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records. He has also appeared in over 50 movies and television shows, sometimes as himself or as characters resembling his stage persona. His most notable roles include Eddie in the American premiere of The Rocky Horror Show and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He also appeared in David Fincher's Fight Club in 1999 as the character Robert Paulson.
If you read through the comments, you will note that LC of http://discconnected.blogspot.com/ who happens to be ‘somewhat’ of a Todd Rundgren fan, pointed out that Meatloaf was having trouble getting this album produced and it was Rundgren who came to his aid. LC also noted that his work with Meatloaf, built Rundgren a beachfront home in Hawaii. Not bad, eh?
Anyway…before we get to my vote (unless you have already figured out that I’m voting for Meatloaf) and the final tally, I promised to WOW you with my piece of Flash Fiction originally inspired by this song. So here it is:
Lightning flashed and I immediately started counting in my head…one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand. The thunder rolled across the ocean and crashed onto the shore with an unusual intensity. Even expecting it, I jumped. You didn’t even stir. I never did sleep like that. There is so much about you that I envy. Maybe that’s my problem. Envy.
I can’t express how or why I fell in love with you. There’s so much we have in common and yet the differences are monumental. Oh well, there is that ‘opposites attract’ thing; maybe that’s what we have going on. I’m not sure anymore. I am sure of one thing; it’s going on more for me than you.
“Hey, I’m always in pursuit. I’m just not pursuing you.” You told me that from the very beginning.
Did I listen? I fell for every line, never realizing that they weren’t lines at all. I’m still not sure exactly what they were. What you were or are about. I do know one thing for sure; for me this is one big heartbreak.
Another flash and the room is illuminated. I marvel at your beauty. Asleep or awake you are gorgeous. I’m grateful for the time we had together. The times I looked into your soul. The time I spent sharing mine. I needed that, still do, but it’s time to go.
“Always leave ‘em wanting more. Never take that extra curtain call. Slip away before the applause completely wanes.” Sage advice. It’s time I took it and made a graceful exit.
Another flare granting just enough light for me to gather my things. The next burst comes and I’m ready to leave. May your dreams be sweet and your memories of me tender.
Lightning flashed one more time, and I’m gone.
I wrote that piece for a contest where ‘Lightening Flashed’ was the prompt. I did make it to the finals, but I didn’t win. I think maybe I might have had a better chance if our entries had been anonymous, but maybe that’s just me. If I remember correctly I lost out to a piece about kids playing baseball. Moving on...
Let’s get back to BATTLE OF THE BANDS and the final tally. As I stated above, but maybe no so clearly, I like and voted for Meatloaf. As some of you mentioned Bonnie Tyler gave this song a pretty good try, but DISCO, seriously? In the comment section I was also left a link to Todd Rundgren’s version and sadly (for me at least) it’s also a disco version.
The final tally including my vote is:
Meatload 12 votes including mine
Bonnie Tyler 3 votes
I do thank the three of you who voted for Bonnie Tyler, thus saving me from ANOTHER shut-out. To those of you who voted Meatloaf grudgingly, I guess you’re not with the popular view that this album is ‘one of the best-selling albums of all time’ and Meatloaf is ‘the best-selling artist of all time’, at least according to Wacky-Wachee.
As always, I appreciate your votes and you all coming around to join in the fun of BATTLE OF THE BANDS. I’ll be back on December 1st with another BATTLE. This is my favorite month for BATTLE OF THE BANDS (and just about everything else), cause I’ll be using ‘Christmas Music’. See you then!