I’ll admit, I never knew much of Meat Loaf‘s music. I had been meaning to listen to Bat Out of Hell for the last year, but never got around to it, until last week after learning of the rocker/actor’s passing. I knew the man from his performances in FIGHT CLUB and ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, but most of all for his 90’s power ballad “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”.
Having now listened to Bat, I can see why it was so popular; an amalgamation of different classic rock styles, backed by a bombastic bravado that takes the album to operatic heights. It’s simply a fun listen. Yet for me, when I think of Meat Loaf, I will always think of the classic music video where the man plays a monstrous, deformed being desperately pining for an untouchable beauty. It ingrained the song’s passionate chorus into my head, associating it with imagery of unrequited love.
Though sounding cheesy to me as a young kid in the 90’s, it’s a track I’ve grown to greatly appreciate over the years, and will remain Meat Loaf‘s most enduring hit. Remember the man by remembering his music.