These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
The spoken word intro to "You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)", an erotic horror piece performed by Jim Steinman and actress Marcia McClain, which has no relevance whatsoever to the song that follows it. The alternate take used in the music video, wherein Steinman and Karla DeVito scream their lines as if they were teenagers who haven't learned how to emote properly, is even more so.
On the following album, "Dead Ringer For Love" is preceded by "Nocturnal Pleasure", a nonsensical Steinman monologue involving urban barbarians blowing up the YWCA while motorcycles reproduce in the alley. And then there's "Love and Death and an American Guitar" from Steinman's solo album, a Morrison-ish piece of poetry that he later re-recorded for Bat Out of Hell II as "Wasted Youth", the intro for "Everything Louder Than Everything Else".
Also, his appearance in The Rocky Horror Picture Show: just appears out of a freezer and starts belting out a fifties-esque rock-n-roll song "Hot Patootie". He is then soundly axed by Frank N Furter.
"Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through" was first recorded by Steinman for Bad For Good, and later covered by Meat Loaf on Bat Out of Hell II. Both versions charted almost identically (Steinman's at #14, Meat Loaf's at #13), but someone who recognizes the title is more likely to associate with Meat Loaf.
"It's All Coming Back To Me Now" was a #1 hit for Celine Dion in 1996 and remains the definitive version in North America. When Meat Loaf recorded his cover in 2006, as a duet with Norwegian singer Marion Raven, it hit #1 in many European countries where the Dion version didn't do as well. Before either of those versions came out, it was initially recorded by another Jim Steinman project called Pandora's Box.
"More Than You Deserve" was originally the title song of a 1973 musical written by Steinman.
All the Steinman-penned songs on Bat Out of Hell III are recycled from earlier Steinman projects; "The Future Just Ain't What It Used To Be" and "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" were originally recorded by Pandora's Box, "Bad For Good" was originally the title track of Steinman's solo album, "Seize the Night" was lifted from Tanz der Vampire, and "In the Land of the Pig, the Butcher is King" and "Cry to Heaven" were salvaged from Batman The Musical.
Not a magnum opus but when he first performed in The Rocky Horror Picture Show Richard O'Brien told him not to worry about singing all the words to Hot Patootie as no-one ever could. He became the first person to sing all the words in time with the music, and that includes the guy who wrote the song.
Epic Riff: The really fast piano riff at the beginning of "Bat Out of Hell."
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Popular though he may be in America, Meat Loaf is arguably even bigger in Europe going by chart performances alone. This is especially true in Britain, where Dead Ringer, Midnight at the Lost and Found, Couldn't Have Said It Better and others albums which failed to chart elsewhere were top ten hits.
Memetic Mutation: The eternal mystery of what "that" might be in "I'll Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)". Is it illegal? Immoral? Degenerate? Anatomically impractical? The answer is actually right there in the lyricsnote It's a promise to be faithful. At the end, the female vocalist asks a number of questions ("Will you raise me up? Will you help me down? Will you get me right out of this godforsaken town?") and he replies "I can do that". Then she says that eventually the shine will go out of their relationship and "Sooner or later you'll be screwing around." "I won't do that. No, I won't do that." but that hasn't stopped the public from treating as a Riddle for the Ages, a joke even Meat Loaf himself has propagated.
Older Than They Think: Some songs from later Meat Loaf albums are re-recordings of songs Jim Steinman wrote for other projects (for example, "Surf's Up" and "Nowhere Fast" on Bad Attitude, "Lost Boys and Golden Girls" and "It Just Won't Quit" on Back Into Hell and "Seize the Night" on The Monster Is Loose).
Sequel Displacement: Stoney and Meatloaf went largely unnoticed at the time, and after its initial release was re-issued with Meat Loaf's vocals edited out. After Bat Out of Hell, it was re-issued again - with Meat Loaf's vocals restored, and Stoney Murphy's removed.
Signature Song: "Bat Out of Hell", "Paradise By the Dashboard Light.", and most famously "I'll Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)".
Sophomore Slump: Bat Out of Hell was a slow starter but eventually became a huge success worldwide. However, the proposed follow-up album (Renegade Angel) failed to materialise when Meat Loaf lost his voice. It was eventually recorded by Jim Steinman as Bad For Good to a lukewarm reception, while Meat Loaf's second album, the Steinman-written Dead Ringer only scraped the lower end of the top fifty (except in Britain, where it went to the top of the charts).