Rock Chain #20: A foreign meat loaf


This is something I used to do in a magazine I used to edit a couple of years ago. I took the idea from a column that used to appear on Scientific American magazine written by a British scientist called James Burke. His column was called “Connections” and consisted in relating history and science facts that were linked by a word until the cycle was finished. I just adapted it to Rock And Roll. Now, I’ll try to resurrect it every first Friday of the month here in the blog.

Meat Loaf always admitted that he is a good interpreter (as a matter of fact he is a great interpreter) but he was never actually a good songwriter. His fame came due to the invaluable partnership he had with songwriter Jim Steinman.

Jim Steinman is known as an eccentric character and has not only Meat Loaf producing credits, but also Celine Dion, Bonnie Tyler and even The Sisters of Mercy.

The Sisters of Mercy released many cover versions they used to play live as their singles b-sides; among them, “1969” by The Stooges.

The Stooges first album – legend has it – was written the night before the first recording session. It was self-titled and produced by Velvet Underground’s John Cale.

John Cale who is often associated with the New York Punk Rock scene once recorded with somebody better known for his role in the Progressive Canterbury scene, Kevin Ayers from Soft Machine.

Soft Machine was the support band for the second American tour of Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi Hendrix on a stop in a tour while still playing in Little Richard backing band, met singer Rosa Lee Brooks who invited him to play on a recording session with her; this session also had backing vocals of Arthur Lee from Love.

Love’s greatest hit “Alone Again Or” gained a great heavy version in the album Lights Out from UFO.

UFO’s Strangers in the Night is regarded as one of the best live albums ever, not only because the songs and performances are flawless, but also the almost endless solo from Michael Schenker on “Rock Bottom”.

Michael Schenker made an audition in 1979 to replace Joe Perry, when the latter left Aerosmith.

Aerosmith whose second guitarist Brad Whitford, once recorded a duo self-titled album with Derek St. Holmes.

Derek St. Holmes is best known for being the lead singer in all most famous records from Ted Nugent.

Ted Nugent, despite his despicable social- political positions, is a talented guitarist and songwriter who also found fame and recognition in Damn Yankees working with Tommy Shaw from Styx.

Styx in 2007 toured America supporting Def Leppard alongside Foreigner.

Foreigner’s Mick Jones was looking for a singer (a job that would end up with Lou Gramm) when he was forming the band and do you know who he invited for the job but was denied because he wanted to do something else? Meat Loaf!

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