Bad Attitude (album)

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Bad Attitude
Studio album by Meat Loaf
Released November 1984 (Europe), April 1985 (USA)
Recorded 1984
Genre Hard rock
Length 39:18
Label Arista
Producer Alan Shacklock (original recordings), Paul Jacobs, Meat Loaf, Mack
Meat Loaf chronology
Hits Out of Hell
(1984)
Bad Attitude
(1984)
Blind Before I Stop
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Bad Attitude is a 1984/5 album by Meat Loaf, recorded in England. It features two songs by Jim Steinman, both previously recorded, and a duet with Roger Daltrey. According to Meat Loaf's autobiography, he approached Steinman about writing the entire album, but waiting for new songs wound up taking so long that Meat Loaf recorded two previously released Steinman songs and moved on with other writers.[2] The album concentrates more on the hard rock side of Meat Loaf, was a minor success around the globe and released a few hit singles, the most successful being 'Modern Girl'.

The US release on RCA Records was on April 1985 and features a slightly different track list as well as alternate mixes for some songs.

A 30th anniversary re-issue by Cherry Red Records is due for release in 2014 but will only contain the standard US track listing and mixes.

Track listing[edit]

UK/Europe version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bad Attitude" (Duet with Roger Daltrey) Sarah Durkee/Paul Jacobs 4:44
2. "Modern Girl" (Duet with Clare Torry) Durkee/Jacobs 4:24
3. "Nowhere Fast"   Jim Steinman 5:12
4. "Surf's Up"   Steinman 4:23
5. "Piece of the Action"   Durkee/Jacobs 4:15
6. "Jumpin' the Gun" (Duet with Zee Carling) Durkee/Jacobs 3:12
7. "Cheatin' in Your Dreams"   John Parr 4:08
8. "Don't Leave Your Mark on Me"   Julia Downes/Parr 4:07
9. "Sailor to a Siren"   Durkee/Jacobs 4:40
Arranged by Paul Buckmaster, Paul Jacobs

US version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bad Attitude" (Duet with Roger Daltrey) Sarah Durkee/Paul Jacobs 4:58
2. "Modern Girl" (Duet with Clare Torry) Durkee/Jacobs 4:28
3. "Nowhere Fast"   Jim Steinman 5:13
4. "Surf's Up"   Steinman 4:46
5. "Piece of the Action"   Durkee/Jacobs 4:02
6. "Jumpin' the Gun" (Duet with Zee Carling) Durkee/Jacobs 3:13
7. "Sailor to a Siren"   Durkee/Jacobs 5:05
8. "Don't Leave Your Mark on Me"   Julia Downes/John Parr 4:08
9. "Cheatin' in Your Dreams"   Parr 4:16
Arranged by Paul Buckmaster, Paul Jacobs
Tracks 1, 2 and 7 remixed by Harvey Goldberg, Paul Jacobs, Bob Kulick and Meat Loaf
Track 4 remixed by Josh Abbey, Paul Jacobs, Bob Kulick and Meat Loaf
Track 5 remixed by Tony Taverner, Paul Jacobs, Bob Kulick and Meat Loaf
Track 6 remixed by Mack
Extra Recordings by Simon Sullivan

Personnel[edit]

All track numbers based on UK listing. Adjust according to US release as necessary when referring to said list above.
  • Meat Loaf — vocals
  • Bob Kulick — guitars
  • Paul Vincent — guitars (tracks 4, 6)
  • John Siegler — bass
  • Mo Foster — bass (track 5)
  • Paul Jacobs — piano, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Rance — Fairlight programming
  • Ronnie Asprey — saxophone (track 7)
  • Wells Kelly — drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Curt Cress — drums (track 4)
  • Frank Ricotti — percussion (tracks 3, 6)
  • Roger Daltrey — additional lead vocals (track 1)
  • Clare Torry — additional lead vocals (track 2), backing vocals
  • Zee Carling — additional lead vocals (track 6)
  • Stephanie de Sykes — backing vocals

Singles[edit]

"Modern Girl" was taken from this album and was the biggest hit. "Piece of the Action", "Sailor to a Siren" is the b side and "Nowhere Fast" were also released singles with extended mixes and exclusive songs: "Take a Number", "Stand by Me" (a Ben E. King cover) and "Clap Your Hands". The latter two songs were recorded during the sessions for the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ A version of "Nowhere Fast" with alternate lyrics appears in the movie Streets of Fire, performed by the band Fire Inc..