Regardless of your career how fathomable is it to have two great accomplishments sixteen years apart with virtually nothing in between? Beyond Meat Loaf, who did that with his two Bat out of Hell Albums we can’t think of very many.
It can’t be underestimated how popular the first Bat out of Hell album was. Teaming with writer Jim Steinman, Bat out of Hell was a Teen Rock Opera that was the perfect vehicle for the booming voice of Marvin Lee Aday; best known to the world as Meat Loaf. The album combined Rock and Roll with Wagner and with Meat Loaf behind the microphone, he was able to deliver the songs in a way that could appeal to the hardest rocker and the Pavarotti set. It was not until the album’s sequel in 1993, that Meat Loaf teamed with Steinman again, and literally found his voice again. As big as those two albums were, it may be difficult for some to view Meat Loaf as being anything without Steinman, but the Hall does have many a singer who was aided greatly by amazing writing talent.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (Dallas, TX)
Why He Will Get In:
Bat out of Hell really was that big.
Why He Won’t Get In:
Much of his success is credited to Jim Steinman.
Bat out of Hell (1977)
Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Bat out of Hell (From Bat out of Hell, 1977)
Paradise by the Dashboard Light (From Bat out of Hell, 1977)
You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth (From Bat out of Hell, 1977)
Two out of Three Ain’t Bad (From Bat out of Hell, 1977)
Life is A Lemon and I Want My Money Back (From Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell, 1993)