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Meat Loaf's Women...

  • By AndyVale
  • 13 April 2013

A few night's ago I went along to see Meat Loaf performing at The O2. It's meant to be his final tour, and what looked to be a sold-out audience came to wave him off.

Something I noticed about the crowd was that in terms of gender, it was far more equal than many similar Rock bands that I've seen in the past. The split was roughly 50-50 and I wondered why that could be? Obviously they all like his music, but why is he successful in this department when many other older artists that share his style aren't?

Then I remembered one of the people I had gone to the show with. I met Emma about 3 years ago and for the first few months we didn't really click or speak much. We were just in similar circles, but one night at a party The Loaf's extravagant  romp 'Paradise By The Dashboard Light' came on (no idea why) and it turns out we both knew all the words. They were sung loudly and I was soon jumping off furniture, the party had started. A bond was struck right there and we've been cool ever since.

Would this have happened on a solo number? If people weren't able to take turn on the vocals? No idea. Yet remembering this incident did give me an inkling as to why The Loaf has retained such a robust female following even though some may not regard him as a conventionally handsome man with an obvious allure to the ladies of the world.

It's probably not the only reason, to think so would be very patronising, but I like to think that if you actually give women prominent musical roles on stage then ladies may feel a bit more welcome in the audience.

Maybe I'm in some way correct, maybe not. But the impact of the ladies in Loaf's music is undeniable. So let's take a few minutes to learn about some of the women who have helped shape the big man's career:

Cher

Do you need me to tell you who Cher is? Cher and The Loaf hit number 5 in the UK charts in 1982 with 'Dead Ringer For Love' after a slow four month climb.This duet helped to kick-start the Stadium Rock era of her career, where she released some genuinely belting hits before her Auto-tuned revamp in the late 90s.  Unfortunately there is no live footage of two performing this number together, only the video. It's inspiring to know that a giant 350 pound man can walk into a bar and pick up the alpha female just by having some pipes and a red hanky.

Marion Raven

A child star in her native Norway, and a teen-pop hopeful as one half of M2M. Raven's career appeared to be heading downward after a split from her label shortly after the release of her first solo album. However, she was picked to sing this Jim Steinman penned song with The Loaf for his album Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose. The single gave her a number 1 in Norway as well as a top-10 elsewhere. Marion was chosen to work with Meat on this song due to the contrasts between their voices.

Meat Loaf - Its All Coming Back to Me Now from dailyshitz on Vimeo.

Lorraine Crosby AKA Mrs. Loud

Lorraine provided the female vocals on Meat's gargantuan hit 'I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)'. She was credited under the pseudonym Mrs. Loud, which was also the title of her 2008 debut album. She was recently seen on The Voice and also appeared on The X-Factor in 2005. The woman you see in the video is actually a model (Dana Patrick) who mimed the lyrics and was offered numerous record deals off the back of it.

Patti Russo

Dana Patrick also appeared miming the vocals - this time Patti Russo's - in the video for 'I'd Lie For You (And That's The Truth)'. However, Patti has survived a little better having been Meat Loaf's lead touring female vocalist for the last 20 years. Since 1995, she has featured on every Loaf album as well as numerous other acting and singing roles. She has also appeared as the Killer Queen in the Vegas version of We Will Rock You.

I wanted to make a Meat Patty/Patti joke, but couldn't think of a funny one. See what you can come up with.

Jennifer Hudson

American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson joined Meat on the third Bat album, giving a big soulful treatment to the penultimate track 'The Future Ain't What it Used to Be'. Hudson won an Oscar, Bafta and a Golden Glode for Best Supporting Actress after appearing in the 2006 film Dreamgirls. So she's doing alright.

Ellen Foley

Ellen appeared in what is probably The Loaf's most famous duet, the ode to frustrated car sex 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light'. A dramatic and roaring salute to teenage years exploring the birds and the bees. Ellen Foley had three solo albums after this, as well as appearing on songs by The Clash and Blue Öyster Cult.

Karla DeVito

Karla appeared in the video for 'Paradise...' and also accompanied Meat Loaf on the Bat Out of Hell tour. She has since commented on the fact that Loaf got his tongue a serious distance down her throat when performing this song live. She has recorded two solo albums and the track 'We Are Not Alone' that was used in The Breakfast Club.

Pearl Aday

Pearl is Meat Loaf's wife's daughter, who he adopted. Pearl was a full-time member of Meat's backing band from 1998 to 2003 and performed 'Man of Steel' with him in 2003 on his album Couldn't Have Said it Better. She has also sung with Filter and Mötley Crüe.

The Spice Girls

Loaf played the bus driver in their film, and they couldn't resist slipping in this line.

Do you have a favourite? Any that I've left out that you think should be included? Let us know below...

Andy is a Supajam writer who has been a small-fry at numerous Commerical, BBC and Student radio stations over the last 6 years. He is also a music promoter in the South-East of the UK. He has a website where he interviews musicians with only one question, and he is currently typing in third-person. You can tweet abuse at him if you fancy letting off some steam.

 

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