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
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".
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:
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.
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.
I’m always in pursuit. I’m just not pursuing you.” You told me that from the
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.
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.
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
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
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
The final tally including my vote is:
Meatload 12 votes including mine
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!