📅 Thought for today:

‘I never fit in. I am a true alternative. And I love being the outcast. That’s my role in life, to be an outcast.’

— Meat Loaf

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Meat Loaf’s album Bat Out Of Hell was released in 1977 – right when I started tertiary education in Leicester in the English Midlands. I had hair halfway down my back, an earring and I loved music – mostly rock music. It was the time of punk rising so I wasn’t exactly on point with popular trends.

Working as I did as stage crew and road crew – all around my academic pursuit (not taken very seriously) and working on the student union bar – I worked for whichever artist or band I was told to – I didn’t get to say “ooh, I don’t really like their music”.

There was something about Bat Out Of Hell the song that really drew you in, it gave you energy. Seeing Meat Loaf perform on Old Grey Whistle Test, giving his all and dripping with sweat, just confirmed that this was something different.

It didn’t fit in and neither did I. I loved it.

Now that Michael Lee Aday (aka Meat Loaf) has died, I had a good read about him, learning things I didn’t know before. I knew he was from Dallas (I lived in Dallas for a few years) and I knew that his football coach called him Meatloaf because of his weight as a teenager.

I didn’t really know how involved in other people’s music he was, even taking lead vocals for Ted Nugent (now he was fun to work for).

Rest in Peace Mr Loaf:

“And I think somebody somewhere must be tolling a bell
And the last thing I see is my heart,
Still beating still beating
Still beating still beating
Breaking out of my body, and flying away.”

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