Meat Loaf – Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad
Jim Steinman passed away in April. He would have turned 74 today.
His name doesn’t ring a bell?
Well… he’s the songwriting brains behind Meat Loaf.
He’s the guy who wrote:
You’ll never find your gold on a sandy beach
You’ll never drill for oil on a city street
I know you’re looking for a ruby in a mountain of rocks
But there ain’t no Coupe de Ville hiding at the bottom
Of a Cracker Jack box
Some considered Steinman a pop-music genius. Others had less kind things to say about him.
I thought of him as a mad scientist who — through the power of his very hooky, very funny, very dramatic songs — turned an overweight, slovenly dude (named after a lump of ground chuck) into a rock-and-roll superstar.
With all due respect to Meat Loaf, he would NOT have happened without Steinman. And, by the way, Todd Rundgren helped. He produced Meat Loaf’s debut, mega-hit album.
Here’s the song I like best from that album…
Title: Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad
Artist: Meat Loaf
Album: Bat Out of Hell (1977)
YouTube Link (Official Video. That’s Steinman at the piano):
Here are the Playlists: