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Meatloaf - 1984 Bad Attitude

ARTIST: Meatloaf
ALBUM: Bad Attitude
SERIAL: 206 619 (LP), 259049 (CD)
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2002, Arista, ARMCD002


LINEUP: Meatloaf - vocals * Bruce Kulick, Paul Vincent - guitars * John Siegler, Mo Foster - bass * Paul Jacobs - keyboards * Steve Rance - synthesizer * Curt Cress, Wes Kelly - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bad Attitude * 02 Modern Girl * 03 Nowhere Fast * 04 Surf's Up * 05 Piece Of The Action * 06 Jumpin' The Gun * 07 Sailor To A Siren * 08 Don't Leave Your Mark On Me * 09 Cheatin' In Your Dreams


Meatloaf had disappeared into near obscurity in the USA by 1984, amazing considering the gigantic success of 'Bat Out Of Hell' in the 70's. His 1983 album 'Midnight At The Lost And Found' was a complete flop and Meatloaf retreated to England to record this follow up. Some claim Meatloaf recorded this simply to avoid bankruptcy, but there's nothing bankrupt about the material here. This is probably Meatloaf's heaviest work, and he managed to pull a rabbit out of his hat with this considering his commercial woes. The British seemed to love it, 'Modern Girl' a number one hit in the UK.

The Songs
The title track is the best song I've ever heard from Meatloaf, a cross between hard rock and AOR with all the classic grandiose Meatloaf vocal theatrics. What elevates it is the appearance of Roger Daltrey, who duets here with Meat. A vocal tandem made in heaven if there ever was, and they don't disappoint, belting the chorus home convincingly. 'Modern Girl' won over the UK with its bombastic vocal harmonies and it would be amiss not to mention Kulick's tasty AOR led guitar work throughout not just this, but the entire album. Jim Steinman contributes a pair of tracks, 'Nowhere Fast', an upbeat AOR rocker, and 'Surf's Up', which originally debuted on Steinman's 1981 'Bad For Good' flop. New heights of melodic power are found within 'Piece Of The Action', with keyboards everywhere. 'Jumpin' The Gun' bounces with bass lines and more vocal escapades from Meatloaf, evidently Western themed. John Parr gets in on the songwriting act, helping Meatloaf out with 'Cheatin In Your Dreams' and 'Don't Leave Your Mark On Me', which will be well known to Parr supporters. The AOR stakes are raised with 'Sailor To A Siren', which surely is Meatloaf at his melodic best.

In Summary
This still failed to make an impact in the States, which is hard to understand, as this was tailormade for the mid 80's rock radio market. The selection of tracks and musicians Meatloaf used could hardly have been better and this deserved a wider recption than it got. Of course Meatloaf would go through more downs than ups until 1993's 'Bat Out Of Hell II',which doesn't come close to the quality found here. One to remember.

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#1 | DEMONAOR on January 17 2008 13:44:40
Great album from
#2 | jeffduran on January 17 2008 20:32:52
Agree this and the 1986 release are his best imo unlike the rubbish he's put out in the last 15 years. neutral
#3 | reyno-roxx on August 01 2008 08:53:16
Saw Meatloaf at Hammersmith Odeon on the tour to promote this. Bob Kulick on guitar. Oh yes!
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