A couple of weeks ago, when I tracked down one of the few pieces I still think I need for my Meat Loaf collection, I came across a mysterious Meat Loaf tribute album called Fat Out of Hell by some guy going by the very imaginative name MeatBalls. Usually, I don’t care for that kind of stuff, ’cause, well, you know… but as this one was being advertised as a “Tongue in Cheek Tribute to Meat Loaf” I thought, what the hell.
Last week it arrived, and I did what I always do: I started Googleing to satisfy my obsessive, compulsive need for information. And you know what really pisses me off? That’s right. Not finding what I’m looking for. I tried every trick in the book, but apart from what I already gathered from the booklet, I found nothing worth mentioning.
So I might as well turn it over to the lazywebs, and see what you guys can come up with.
As for the album itself: it’s cool. Apart from a food related ad-lib in “I’d Do Anything for Love”—
Some days I just pray to the Gods of party pies and sausage rolls—I can’t find anything tongue in cheek about it. The band seems pretty decent and mr. MeatBalls himself (born Michael-John Hurney) sounds vaguely just a little bit like a young mr. Loaf.
Here’s his take on Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire) for your perusal.