Song of the Day: “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” – Meat Loaf



Love him or hate him, the archetype for Meat Loaf didn’t really exist before he crashed onto the scene (possibly through a flimsy wall of some kind) in the 70s. Come to think of it, the archetype doesn’t really exist in this post-Meat Loaf world that we now live in, either. Marvin Lee Aday was born 70 years ago this week, and the world just hasn’t been the same since he graced it with his sweaty, earnest charm. Meat Loaf is one of those artists that doesn’t even go through the motions of trying to be cool. That ship sailed for him long ago, but the teenage anthems Meat Loaf made popular didn’t need the pretense of cool to be instant classics. Songs like “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” perfectly capture the awkward fumbling of young love and their poignancy is only enhanced by Meat Loaf’s all-in, irony-free delivery. “Paradise” is a personal favorite for me because I’m a sucker for an extended baseball metaphor. Let’s all wish Meat Loaf a happy 70th and breathe a collective sigh of relief that he didn’t pursue a career as a football player (or some other stereotypical “big guy” profession.

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    By: Jordan Posner

    Jordan Posner is a writer, musician, attorney, rock music fan, wine enthusiast, American history buff and dog lover. He is originally from Centerville, Ohio and went to school at The Ohio State University and Loyola University Chicago. Here is a list of more things about him:

    1. Jordan currently lives in Chicago with his girlfriend and dog, both adorable.
    2. His favorite bands of all time include Husker Du, R.E.M, Ween, Pink Floyd and Guided by Voices
    3. His favorite U.S. President is either Theodore Roosevelt or Lyndon Johnson (domestic policy only).
    4. His favorite song very well might be “Nightswimming” by R.E.M.
    5. He currently sells wine, unless you can offer him a better job.

    Check him out on Twitter, because he usually says a lot of funny things : @FlackSabbath

    You can email him your thoughts on 1980’s American hardcore music. Or just skip right to the death threats: jordan@rocknuts.net.

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