RIP Jim Steinman - Heaven Couldn't Wait

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  1. soulman969

    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    There was a great amount of tongue in cheek humor intentionally buried in his lyrics. "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad" is a classic example.

    And that motor cycle revving on Bat Out Of Hell with Todd Rundgren doing the effect on guitar was part of his production genius.
     
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    Yup......lyrically anyway.

    You'll never find your gold on a sandy beach
    You'll never drill for oil on a city street
    I know you're looking for a ruby
    In a mountain of rocks
    But there ain't no Coupe de Ville hiding
    At the bottom of a Cracker Jack box


    Who else ever wrote lyrics to an intro into a bridge like these?
     
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    "Glowin' like the metal on the edge of a knife". :D
     
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    Prayin’ for the end of time....
     
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    One of the all time great live productions too. It was Steinman's approach to musical rock theater that was such a standout to me.
     
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    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    RIP to the master of the “just when you thought the song was over, here’s another verse” song. He wrote much of the soundtrack of my youth. I wore the hell out of that BOOH album.
     
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    Not to forget this one:



    Part of the lyrics:

    I remember every little thing as if it happened only yesterday
    I was barely 17 and I once killed a boy with a fender guitar
    I don't remember if it was a Telecaster or a Stratocaster
    But I do remember that it had a heart of chrome and a voice like a horny angel
    I don't remember if it was a Telecaster or a Stratocaster
    But I do remember that it wasn't at all easy
    It required the perfect combination of the right power chords and the precise angle from which to strike!
    The guitar bled for about a week afterwards
    And the blood was ooh, dark and rich like wild berries
    The blood of the guitar was Chuck Berry red!
    The guitar bled for about a week afterwards and it rung out beautifully
    And I was able to play notes that I had never even heard before
    So I took my guitar and I smashed it against the wall!
    I smashed it against the floor!
    I smashed it against the body of a varsity cheerleader!
    I smashed it against the hood of a car!
    I smashed it against a 1981 Harley-Davidson
    The Harley howled in pain, the guitar howled in heat!
     
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    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    I know they're not the coolest band but this is another Steinman composition that I secretly liked back in the day and not so secretly enjoy today. It's got all of the classic Steinman structure elements.

     
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    Several well known artists performed his Music:



     
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    the best part of Bat out of Hell is what a slipepry slope it was, culturally, from there to Rocky Horror (with Tommy and Phantom of the Paradise lurking around the stage door too)... like seeks like, campy seeks campy...

    in the end those songs are not much more substantial than a well made Kaiju. (GODZILLA vs Married w/ Children!) i mean, i've never encountered a scenario in life anything like you hear about in a Steinman song, but somehow it all mattered a lot anyway... the lurid pulp novelist of 70s rock... pretend adult themes for theater kids! (They must have done a few Steinman songs on Glee)



    RIP Jim Steinman.
     
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    I don't know if you saw the thread about misunderstood lyrics last week, but I have always heard this as "going to the middle of the edge the night"
    I now have this song in my head for the day
     
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    Easy to misunderstand; :)

    And now our bodies are, oh, so close and tight
    It never felt so good, it never felt so right
    And we're glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
    Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
    C'mon, hold on tight
    Well, c'mon, hold on tight

    If you have to have a song stuck in your head this has always been a good one. It has enough parts to it to be a self-contained rock opera.
     
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    I was in college when the BOH II album came out and this was the big one from it.

    All the classic Jim Steinman idiosyncrasies and pieces that made it his work. Then I heard this one and it became one of my all time favorite pieces by both JS and Meat Loaf.
     
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    Sorry I overlooked yours and began a new one. Just glad to see so many appreciated his song writing and his humor.
     
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    As the tread title. I think Karla deVito did the best version of heaven can wait on her album Is this a cool world or what. Here a live version:



    BTW - for those who didn't know - Karla was the girl in the choir and duets on the Bat out of hell tour.
     
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    The Norwegian girl Marion Ravn (use Raven as last name in foreign countries) also performed Its all coming back to me now in duet with Meat Loaf on Bat out of Hell part III



    This song was first released on the album Pandoras Box.
     
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    I can remember exactly where I was the first time I heard "Paradise By The Dashboard Light". I can think of very few other works where I can say that. The ironic ending of that song still amuses me to this day. Farewell, Jim.
     
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    I was working at KARMA Records in Fort Wayne when "Bat Out Of Hell" came out, and we burned the grooves off our in-store copy.
     
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    Sad news, one of the heroes on planet earth.
    Straight into the Heaven

    R.I.P. Jim