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…


Today’s Song 

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):

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