Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"I'm Gonna Love Her for Both of Us"

Song#:  0746
Date:  09/19/1981
Debut:  85
Peak:  84
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  After Meat Loaf's 1977 epic "Bat Out of Hell" LP became a sensation, work began on its follow-up with his collaborator Jim Steinman. Unfortunately, everything took a toll on Meat Loaf and he lost his voice. Steinman took the songs meant for Meat Loaf and issued them as his own solo disc "Bad for Good," which featured the #32 "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through." When Meat Loaf got his voice back, Steinman had song waiting and together they worked up the album "Dead Ringer." This first single barely hit the chart and that pretty much sank the album. The relationship between Steinman and Meat Loaf crumbled soon after, but they would reunite in 1993 for the #1 LP "Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell."

ReduxReview:  This pre-dated the real epic singles Steinman did for Bonnie Tyler and Air Supply, so radio may not have been ready for this (although the single version knocks off about 2-1/2 minutes from the full album track). When compared to those hit tracks, this one is kind of lacking focus. It rambles a bit and there is no real definitive chorus to wrap your ears around. It's just big, loud, and long. I still like that Steinman sound, but this is not one of his top tunes.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Although the "Dead Ringer" album went direct to the cut-out bin in the US, in the UK it was a different story. Thanks to the album's #5 UK duet with Cher, "Dead Ringer for Love," the album reached #1 and was a major hit.


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