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->''I was nothing but a lonely All-American boy''
->''Looking out for something to do''
->''And you were nothing but a lonely All-American girl''
->''But you were something like a dream come true''
->''I was a varsity tackle and a hell of a block''
->''And when I played my guitar I made the canyons rock''
->''But every Saturday night I felt the fever grow''
->''All revved up with no place to go''

Michael (''né'' Marvin) Lee Aday, a.k.a. Meat Loaf, is an American singer and actor best known for his 1977 album ''Bat Out of Hell'' and its two "sequels". With the assistance of songwriter/producer Music/JimSteinman, Meat Loaf's bombastic, Wagnerian style made a huge splash on the genre and paved the way for many arena rock bands to follow.

Born in Texas on September 27, 1947, Meat Loaf dabbled in musical theatre from an early age. When he received a draft notice in 1967, he tore it up, stole his father's credit card, and moved to California to break into the music industry. During the early '70s he made several forays into stardom - he performed in several small-time bands, released a duets album with Stoney Murphy which largely went under the radar, sang lead on Music/TedNugent's ''Free-For-All'' album, and performed in touring productions of ''Hair'' and ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', landing a role in the film version of the latter. His big break was to come while performing in an off-Broadway show called ''More Than You Deserve'', when he befriended its writer Jim Steinman. Steinman had been toying with a sci-fi RockOpera adaptation of ''PeterPan'' and saw Meat Loaf as ideal for the lead role in it. Though the project, called ''Neverland'', never came to fruition, the songs Steinman wrote for it became the genesis of ''Bat Out of Hell''.

After several years shopping the concept around before getting ToddRundgren's attention, ''Bat Out of Hell'' hit the shelves in 1977. While not immediately a hit, the album grew with popularity over time and remains a perennial high-seller to this day, having spent 474 weeks on the charts in Britain (second only to Fleetwood Mac's ''Rumours'' at 478), and is presently the #5 best-selling album ever released (after ''[[MichaelJackson Thriller]]'', ''[[Music/{{ACDC}} Back In Black]]'', ''[[PinkFloyd The Dark Side of the Moon]]'', and ''[[TheBodyguard Soundtrack from The Bodyguard]]''). A "sequel" album, ''Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell'', was released in 1993 with new songs by Steinman, including his only U.S. #1 single, "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)". A third in the series, ''Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose'', was released in 2006 featuring songs written by him and by Bon Jovi lyricist Desmond Child. This was the first ''Bat'' album not produced and written solely by Steinman, although several older songs written or recorded by Steinman beforehand are featured. In addition to the ''Bat Out of Hell'' trilogy, Meat Loaf has released several other albums, with varying levels of involvement on Steinman's part.

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Meat Loaf discography:
* '''Stoney and Meatloaf''' (1971)
* '''Bat Out of Hell''' ''(Songs by Jim Steinman)'' (1977)
* '''Dead Ringer''' ''(Songs by Jim Steinman)'' (1981)
* '''Midnight at the Lost and Found''' (1983)
* '''Bad Attitude''' ''(Features two songs by Jim Steinman)'' (1984)
* '''Blind Before I Stop''' (1986)
* '''Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell''' ''(Songs by Jim Steinman)'' (1993)
* '''Welcome to the Neighborhood''' ''(Features two songs by Jim Steinman)'' (1995)
* '''The Very Best of Meat Loaf''' ''(Worth noting as the only authorized compilation in Meat's career, featuring three new songs by Jim Steinman)'' (1999)
* '''Couldn't Have Said it Better''' (2003)
* '''Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose''' ''(Features seven songs by Jim Steinman)'' (2006)
* '''Hang Cool Teddy Bear''' (2010)
* '''Hell in a Handbasket''' (2011)

Notable film/[=TV=] appearances:
* ''TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' (1975) (Eddie, who gets eaten. "[[StealthPun Meat Loaf again?]]" "I would eat anything for lunch, BUT I WON'T EAT THAT!!")
* ''WaynesWorld'' (1992) (Tiny)
* ''TalesFromTheCrypt - What's Cookin' '' (1992) (Chumley, who also gets eaten.)
* ''Film/SpiceWorld'' (1997) (Dennis)
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark - Chef Aid'' (1998) (Himself)
* ''Film/FightClub'' (1999) (Playing Robert Paulson)
* ''TheOuterLimits - Gettysburg'' (2000) ([[IncrediblyLamePun Col. Angus]] Devine)
* ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'' (2006) (Jack Black's father)
* Hosting the Game Show ''Rock & a Hard Place'' on Direct TV's channel 101.
* ''Series/DontForgetTheLyrics'' (2009) (Contestant)
* ''{{Ghost Hunters}}'' (2009) (Guest Investigator)
* ''{{Series/The Apprentice}}'' (2011) (Contestant)

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!!Meat Loaf's music provides examples of;

* AbusiveParents: When he was younger, [[OffingtheOffspring his father tried to kill him.]] This is not an exaggeration, his father came at him with a knife. A similar theme emerges in the song ''Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are''.
* AgeProgressionSong: From ''Bat Out of Hell 2'' with "Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are". Other songs may also fit.
* AlbumTitleDrop: The only place you'll hear "Hang Cool Teddy Bear" is [[SpokenWordInMusic spoken]] during ''Peace On Earth''.
* AntiLoveSong: "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad", "Paradise By the Dashboard Lights" and "Not A Dry Eye In The House".
* AudienceParticipationSong: All together now: "You took the words right out of my mouth...oh, it must've been while you were kissing me..." When performing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, he stopped the show because the singing from the audience was lacklustre, and he said [[BerserkButton they sounded like they were from Sydney]]. The audience suddenly got a lot more involved, but exploded when he screamed at the top of his lungs [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "ARE YOU TOO OLD TO STAND UP?!"]] During live shows, he has been known to stop the band mid-song and call out a particular audience member who was ''not'' singing along.
* AuthorAppeal: Jim Steinman really has a thing for Peter Pan - aside from ''Bat Out Of Hell'' itself, references to "lost boys" and never growing up or changing appear throughout his lyrics. Additionally, Meat Loaf's touring band is called "the Neverland Express".
* TheBandMinusTheFace: Jim Steinman's ''Bad For Good'', an album he recorded with Meat Loaf's band after he'd lost his voice.
* BittersweetEnding: "Lost Boys and Golden Girls" ends ''Back into Hell'' on this note.
* CallAndResponseSong: "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" and part of "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)".
* TheCameo: Saxophonist Lenny Pickett (best known for his work on ''SaturdayNightLive'') performs a riff at the beginning of "Good Girls Go To Heaven."
** Happens on several albums; people like Cher, Brian May, Roger Daltrey, Hugh Laurie and Lil John have all turned up.
* CanonDiscontinuity: ''Stoney and Meatloaf'' has been out of print since before the [=CD=] era, and is not listed in the discography on Meat Loaf's website.
* CloserThanTheyAppear: Inverted with "Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are".
* ConceptAlbum: ''Hang Cool Teddy Bear'', in which every song represents a possible future scenario in the life of a wounded soldier. Meat Loaf has also stated that every song Jim Steinman has ever written is treated as if it is part of the aforementioned, unproduced ''Neverland'' RockOpera.
* CloudCuckoolander: Often comes across as an eccentric character when he gives interviews. However, Meat also said that this was his first impression of Jim Steinman, whom he describes as, "One weird dude."
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: Jim Steinman wrote "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" for a female vocalist. Meat Loaf's cover redoes it as a duet.
* DoNotCallMePaul: Do not call him "Marvin". Don't even call him "Michael", for that matter.
* DoubleEntendre: Pervasive in Steinman's lyrics.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Bat Out Of Hell" and "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" both go about two minutes before the first vocals are heard.
* EpicRocking: Many of Meat Loaf's songs (particularly those written by Jim Steinman) run considerably longer than the average pop tune and go through two or three [[TruckDriversGearChange major changes in key or tempo]] before the end. "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" is 7:38 in its ''short'' version, making it the longest song to ever reach #1 on the [=US=] charts. (The album version is an even twelve minutes -- Steinman reportedly ''wept'' when he was told they'd have to trim it down to get it on the radio. More to the point, Meat Loaf's autobiography describes the original studio version pre-album as ''fifteen'' minutes long, needing a shave presumably due to CD space.)
* EverythingsBetterWithMotorcycles: Pervasive.
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: The main theme of "Everything Louder Than Everything Else" is played at the end of the song on bagpipes.
** The preceding content of the song suggests that the bagpipes might be there [[BittersweetEnding because of their common use at funerals]].
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: From ''Bat Out Of Hell 3'', the OminousLatinChanting track ''Monstro'' smoothly transitions into ''Alive''.
** "One More Kiss (Night of the Soft Parade)" clumsily segues into the title track of ''Blind Before I Stop.''
* TheFifties: "Paradise By the Dashboard Light", thanks to its "doo-wopping" backup singers.
* HeavyMeta: "Rock 'n' Roll Hero", "Rock 'n' Roll Mercenaries" and "Rock and Roll Dreams Come True".
* HeavyMithril: The artwork for the ''Bat Out of Hell'' trilogy is provided by fantasy illustrators Richard Corben, Michael Whelan, and Julie Bell, and makes frequent use of giant bats, motorcycle-riding swordsmen, and the like.
* HeroicBSOD: After the original Bat Out of Hell Tour, work on the follow up album was impeded by the theft of Jim Steinman's manuscript, which he apparently took a long time to get over.
* HeroicRROD: Meat Loaf has struggled with vocal polyps for decades due to his singing style and has lost his voice more than once.
** His habit of literally collapsing from exhaustion backstage after a performance nearly had fatal consequences when the crew didn't realize he was having a heart attack.
* HomoeroticSubtext: Meat believes that, to some extent, "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" is about him and Jim Steinman. He explained, "I love Jim Steinman, but I wouldn't French kiss him!"
* IWorkAlone: "Party Of One".
* IfICantHaveYou: Averted; a song on ''Hang Cool Teddy Bear'' has the same name as this trope, but instead the next line is "I don't wanna be me." It's that kind of song.
* IncrediblyLongNote: On several tracks, most notably the end of ''Bat Out Of Hell''. In concerts he'll go for [[UpToEleven ''even longer''.]]
* IntercourseWithYou: 99% of his output.
* LargeHam: His acting roles. His vocal delivery also qualifies. TheOtherWiki categorizes his vocal range as "''Dramatic'' tenor".
* LiteralGenie: In "Paradise By the Dashboard Light," the singer swears to love his girl until the end of time. He then prays for the end of time so he can be released from his obligation.
** His promise comes off as a ButThouMust, because his girl presses him ''really'' hard for that promise by refusing to have sex unless he makes that promise. Despite his repeated refrain of "Let me sleep on it/Baby, baby, let me sleep on it," she insists that she can wait all night for an answer, and finally, he makes his promise out of insanity following the pressure she applied.
* LogicBomb: "Ev'rything Louder Than Ev'rything Else"
* LoopedLyrics: On ''Everything Louder Than Everything Else''
-->"A wasted youth is better by far than a wise and productive old age." x 4
* LoveNostalgiaSong: "It's All Coming Back To Me Now."
* LudicrousGibs: "...and the last thing is see is my heart...still beeeating...breaking out of my body and flying away...LIKE A BAT OUT OF HELL!!"
* LyricalColdOpen: The title track from ''Couldn't Have Said It Better''.
* LyricalDissonance: "Like a Bat out of Hell" describes a gory crash, set to epic rocking music.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Jim Steinman.
* MoodWhiplash: Tender love ballad one second, crude sexual innuendo the next.
-->"Oh, I know you belong inside my aching heart
-->And can't you see my faded Levis bursting apart?"
* MusicVideoOvershadowing: Pretty much ''all'' of his videos that aren't straight [[PerformanceVideo performance videos.]]
* NumberedSequels: On ''records'', unusually enough.
* [[OminousLatinChanting Ominous Spanish Chanting]]: "Monstro" from ''Bat Out Of Hell III''.
* PastInTheRearViewMirror: "Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are"
* PissTakeRap: ''California Isn't Big Enough''. Made blatantly obvious from the PrecisionFStrike noted below.
* PrecisionFStrike: If you haven't heard ''California Isn't Big Enough'' yet, you may not expect the start of a slow, calm DoubleEntendre song to suddenly lose the 'double' part, when the volume kicks up and he belts out "I CAN BARELY FIT MY DICK IN MY PANTS!" BoastfulRap indeed...
* RecycledSoundtrack: "Seize the Night", from ''Bat Out Of Hell III''', features lyrics from the English version of ''TanzDerVampire'', a string intro borrowed from Steinman's ''Bad For Good'' album, and the guitar riff from "Good Girls Go To Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere)."
** "Wasted Youth" from ''Bat Out of Hell II'' is "Love and Death And An American Guitar" from Steinman's ''Bad For Good'' with different background noises.
** Generally, if Steinman's involved, there will be no small amount of SelfPlagiarism from his previous work.
* RockOpera: "Bat Out of Hell" and "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" both tell a self-contained story. The remainder of the ''Bat Out Of Hell'' album, while not operatic in theme, certainly has a Wagnerian vibe to it.
* SelfDeprecation: He really doesn't think much of his own songwriting abilities (although the title track on ''Midnight at the Lost and Found'' is popular with his fans).
* ShaggyDogStory: "Wasted Youth", a spoken word piece on ''Bat Out of Hell II'' which parodies "The End" by TheDoors and builds up to an epic punchline.
-->[[spoiler: And just as I was about to bring the guitar crashing down upon the center of the bed, my father woke up, screaming "[=STOP=]! Wait a minute! Stop it, boy! What do you think you're doing? '''[[CompletelyMissingThePoint That's no way to treat an expensive musical instrument!]]'''" And I said "[=GODDAMNIT=], daddy! You know I love you... but '''you've got a [=HELL=] of a lot to learn about [[ThePowerOfRock ROCK AND ROLL!]]'''"]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: "Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back" reaches ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'' levels of cynicism.
* TheSongBeforeTheStorm: Appropriately, "Stand In The Storm" from ''Hell In A Handbasket''. The next track is, indeed, a lot of thunder and lightning (and titled "Blue Sky").
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: "Meat Loaf" is always two words, always capitalized - not "Meatloaf", not "Meat loaf", not "Loaf." How many times has the media made this mistake? Don't ask. Just ''don't''. And [[BerserkButton don't call him Marvin]]...he changed his name. He goes so far as to have himself credited as "Meat Loaf Aday" on the songs he's written.
** Hilariously invoked when Christopher Lee introduced him on ''SaturdayNightLive'', mis-reading his cue cards; "Ladies and gentlemen, I would like you to meet... Loaf!"
** In concert, Meat Loaf introduced a man he claimed to be his brother to perform the spoken word track "Wasted Youth," introducing him as "Tony Loaf".
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Hang Cool Teddy Bear'' aims to be this for the ''Bat Out of Hell'' trilogy (the cover art is similar to that of the ''Bat'' series, and the back of the album has a big Roman numeral ''IV'' on it).
* StealthPun: He's been cannibalized on screen at least twice: once in ''RockyHorrorPictureShow'' ([[AudienceParticipationSong "Oh no, not Meat Loaf again"]]) and once in an episode of ''TalesFromTheCrypt''.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: ''Bat Out Of Hell 3'' closes with a lullaby-esque song, of all things, titled "Cry To Heaven". It's kind of sweet.
* TakeThat: "Party Of One" rails against all the people who have treated him like crap in his life.
* TakeThatUs: The cover art for ''Hang Cool Teddy Bear'' includes the skeletal remains of the swordsman from the cover of ''Bat Out Of Hell III''.
* TwoOutOfThreeAintBad: TropeNamer
* YourCheatingHeart: "Cheatin' in Your Dreams."
* VillainSong: From ''Bat Out of Hell III'', "In the Land of the Pig, the Butcher is King," which was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally]] written as a VillainSong sung by the corrupt officials of Gotham City in an abandoned [[BatmanTheMusical Batman musical]].

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