It’s Monday, so you know what that means: no, not work, but the inaugural edition of Meat Loaf Monday! You might have thought I’d start off with “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” or “Paradise By The Dashboard Light,” but if you thought that, you’d be wrong. Meat Loaf Monday is all about throwing my readers curve balls… or should I say curve meatballs! Watch and be amazed:
One of the reasons I decided to start with this song is because I heard it on my alarm radio the other morning, but there was one major difference: it was a cover version of the song, but it was subdued and laid-back. Almost country music-esque. That struck me as strange; if you’re going to cover a Meat Loaf song, you need to try to be louder, more exuberant, more over-the-top, and even more full-on than the Meat Man himself, and that’s a pretty tall order. You don’t cover Meat Loaf songs, he covers your songs, and he sings the hell out of them. That’s just his M.O. (a Latin abbreviation for meatus operandi).
So that got me into this Meat Loaf Monday idea, but this song is also pretty good. OK, I’m not going to bullshit you: the song’s spectacular. It’s got a sweet opening line (“You can’t run away for ever / but there’s nothing wrong with getting a good head start”), and in classic Meat Loaf fashion it builds up more and more grandeur with each beat.
The video is great, too, but in a weird way. I guess it’s about… hmm, Rock and Roll being awesome? The redemptive power of sweet music? Motorcycles? It’s hard to tell what’s going on. Frankly, if I had about $500,000 and the rights to a Meat Loaf song at my disposal, I’d probably make a pretty similar video with similar bizarre crap: random explosions; a sexy cyborg that appears to be half juke box, half supermodel; dangerously flying radios; fog machines; flashy-light necklaces; and Angelina Jolie. I’m pretty sure the idea of the video is that Meat Loaf saves some kids, but at the beginning he looks like he’s trapped in a Zoltar machine, and later on he seems to be some kind of homeless wanderer/warrior (and are those prosthetic ears??). It’s hard to tell if he’s trying to save, seduce, or kidnap Angelina Jolie. In any case, it’s certainly her best acting role ever, although not Meat Loaf’s (that’d be his role in Fight Club).
So, happy Meat Loaf Monday! I hope it starts your week off with a nice, meaty bang, and we’ll see you next week!
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