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Meat Loaf Update

Bat out of Hell III was released yesterday [on Halloween, how appropriate!]. The song titles are already extremely intriguing, and I can't wait to get my hands on this album.
    No, I don't have it yet [surprise, surprise!]: am holding off getting it for myself so that it will be an easy gift at the end of the year for whoever wants to give that to me :-) [Ditto for the Animaniacs Vol 2 that's coming out Dec 5th 2006, teehee!]
But, back to Mr Loaf: I can't believe he's being overlooked/ignored YET AGAIN for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

This year's nominees [based on this Yahoo! article]:
  • Van Halen
  • R.E.M.
  • Chic
  • Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
  • Patti Smith
  • Dave Clark Five
  • The Ronettes
  • Joe Tex
  • The Stooges
I have only heard of like four of the above. Ugh. None as great as Meat, IMO.
[If you are curious who has made the cut before, you can click HERE for past inductees]
    "To be eligible, artists must have issued a first single or album at least 25 years prior to nomination."
Hellooooo, Bat I was released in 1977!
[Okay, so technically his debut was a duet with Stoney in 1971; either way, he is definitely eligible from that perspective!]

And looking beyond the release date: Bat I alone has sold over 35 million copies worldwide; Bat I is one of only two albums that have never exited the Top 200 in the UK charts; and Bat I is also the biggest-selling Australian album of all time.

Sure, he's had more misses than hits since Bat I, but he's certainly got staying power :-) And hey, Bat II was a huge commercial success *and* considered one of the best comeback albums evah!

And his fan base is NOT just aging bikers, okay?

Anyways - I discovered a fascinating writeup on Meat over at wikipedia, so anyone who wants to read more about him just click on over there. I am reminded that I do want to pick up a copy of his autobiography one day.. preferably at another concert and get it autographed by the man himself?? Oh, on a related note: it seems that his health insurance refuses to let Meat perform more than 1hr 45m as a result of his on-stage collapse 3 years ago... gee if I'd known that before going to the concert last year, might have helped me not feel the whole thing was too short! :p

Anyways..

I've been awake since about 430am; it's now almost 8am. Will be hitting the gym soon. Followed by meditation. Then cleaning out the kitty litter box. Shower. Food. and *then* start catching up with some errands and tasks that have been on my to do list for a week :p

[one of them: a thank you email to HW in London for the excellently hilarious wedding gifts - thanx gal!]

Comments

  1. I assume two of those you've heard of are Van Halen & REM. Who are the other two? Please tell me you've heard of The Stooges & Patti Smith ;)

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  2. yeah, REM & Van Halen [and van Hagar, teehee!] are pretty much a given... and i've heard of but wouldn't know Patti Smith... the 4th is the Dave Clark Five. The others? I have no idea about at all, so that includes The Stooges... am I missing out? [I've been out of touch with the world of music for a long while...]

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  3. The Stooges were Iggy Pop's early band. GREAT STUFF!

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  4. Hehe, I'm familiar with a few in the list especially Dave Clark 5 or DC5 as they were called then. They were quite big in the 60's.

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  5. Okay, if the other band you know is the DC5, I'm very happy ;)

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