Bat out of Hell

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About Bat out of Hell

"Bat Out of Hell" is a song written by Jim Steinman, for the 1977 album Bat Out of Hell and performed by Meat Loaf. It was released as a single in 1979, and again in 1993.


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Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday, September 27, 1947), known by his stage name Meat Loaf, is an American hard rock musician and actor. He is noted for the Bat Out of Hell album trilogy consisting of Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose. Bat Out of Hell has sold more than 43 million copies worldwide. After 35 years, it still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually and stayed on the charts for over nine years, making it one of the best selling albums of all time. more »

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Song Creation
"Bat Out of Hell", often regarded as Meat Loaf's most celebrated song, was written by Jim Steinman, a long-time collaborator with Meat Loaf, for the album of the same name in 1977.
Album Success
"Bat Out of Hell", the album from which the title track originates, is one of the best-selling albums in the history of recorded music, with over 43 million copies sold worldwide.
Extended Length
Unlike many pop and rock songs, "Bat Out of Hell" is significantly longer, with a runtime of nearly ten minutes (9:48).
Song Structure
The song has an unusual structure, more akin to a classical opera than a traditional rock song. It includes elements such as an extended guitar solo and a piano interlude.
Background Inspiration
Steinman reportedly got the inspiration for "Bat Out of Hell" from a vehicle crash scene in the 1950 film "Gun Crazy".
Musical Influences
The song features elements of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound technique, along with the influences from Bruce Springsteen's music.
Song Recording
During the recording process of the song, Meat Loaf reportedly sang so passionately and intensely that he passed out in the studio.
Cover Art
The album cover, featuring a motorcycle blasting out of a graveyard, has become as iconic as the music itself. It was designed by comic book artist Richard Corben.
Critical Response
Despite initially mixed critical reviews, "Bat Out of Hell" has since been acclaimed as a classic rock song and has appeared on numerous greatest songs lists.
Cultural Impact
The song has been used in various movies and commercials, due to its fast-paced, energetic sound and dramatic, intense narrative.
Live Performances
"Bat Out of Hell" is a highlight of Meat Loaf's live shows due to its drama and complexity and usually includes extended instrumental sections.
Song Sequels
Following the success of the original song and album, two sequels to the "Bat Out of Hell" album were produced: "Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell" (1993) and "Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose" (2006). Both albums also contain title tracks thematically linked to the original "Bat Out of Hell" song.
Broadway Adaptation
In 2017, a musical called "Bat Out of Hell: The Musical" premiered, featuring songs from the "Bat Out of Hell" trilogy. The musical was a commercial success and received positive reviews.

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