Another afternoon deliriously unemployed, the t.v. is set to VH1 with the sound off when I glance over at it. Oh, rapture, Meatloaf: To Hell and Back is on! All of the drama in this bio-pic centers around Meat's relationship with genius songwriter Jim Steinman who wrote all of the paint-peelers on the bazillion-seller Bat Out of Hell and it's follow-up Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell.
Alright, so what if the guy who portrayed Steinman circa '93 was made up to look like Bob from Twin Peaks and is currently playing the part of Mick Ronson in a Bowie cover band called Space Oddity?
It's all about Steinman, who embraces his reputation as "The Lord of Excess". Looking back, I think he has served as a bigger role model for Goths than Robert Smith and Peter Murphy combined. All of the sinister grandeur, all of the dark majesty! I mean "Bat Out of Hell", heelllooo? What about that Bonnie Tyler video for Total Eclipse of The Heart, a Steinman number, where all those English schoolboys had their eyes whited out? Can you pale bloodless gals say "Emily Bronte"? Steinman can, consider the recently aired MTV musical version of Wuthering Heights.
What's that Unholy Trinity on the left? Turn around, bright eyes, it's Steinman flanking Manson-haunted director Roman Polanski with Bonnie Tyler. Clearly, she was holding out for two dark heroes! They are celebrating another defining Goth moment in all their careers at the opening night of the Steinman-penned international cult musical hit, Tanz der Vampire . Steinman, like the ominous forces that control our fate, remains triumphant! Here's a teutonic version of Paradise by the Dashboard Light (mp3-cuts off at end!)