Dead Ringer for Love

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"Dead Ringer for Love"
UK 7" single cover
Single by Meat Loaf featuring Cher
from the album Dead Ringer
B-side More Than You Deserve
Released November 1981
Format CD single, 7"
Recorded 1981
Genre Rock, hard rock, rock and roll
Length 4:20
Label Epic Records
Writer(s) Jim Steinman
Producer(s) Jim Steinman, Jimmy Iovine
Meat Loaf singles chronology
"Bat out of Hell"
"Dead Ringer for Love"
"I'm Gonna Love Her for Both of Us"
Cher singles chronology
"Young And Pretty"
"Dead Ringer for Love"

"Dead Ringer for Love" is a rock song performed by American rock singer Meat Loaf and American singer-actress Cher from Meat Loaf's third studio album, Dead Ringer. The song was written by Jim Steinman and one of only two tracks on the album produced by Steinman and Jimmy Iovine.

Song information[edit]

The song was originally written by Jim Steinman, Tony Hendra and Sean Kelly (and sung by Michael Simmons) for the short-lived television comedy series, Delta House. Steinman reworked the melody into the song "Dead Ringer for Love" for the Dead Ringer album, while portions of the lyric would later appear in his "Tonight Is What It Means to Be Young" Cher also wrote the song but remains uncredited.[1]

The song was performed many times by Loaf but never by Cher. There is no footage of Cher and Loaf ever performing this song live together, and Cher appeared only in the music video. The song performed by Loaf is available in two live CDs; Live Around the World and Bat out of Hell: Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The song was also used in the Loaf's Hits out of Hell and in Cher's Greatest Hits: 1965–1992 compilations. The song can also be found on Cher's album Essential Collection.

The track was released in the United Kingdom in November 1981 and debuted at number 63 on the UK Singles Chart, it slowly climbed the chart and peaked at number five in early February 1982.

Allmusic editor William Ruhlmann highlighted the song.[2] Also, Donald A. Guarisco praised the lyrics "The tongue-in-cheek lyrics tell the tale of a guy who’s realized he cant "live by rock ‘n’ roll and brew alone" and sets his sights on his ideal woman (...) The lyric devotes equal time to his vampy object of affection", and added that "This unique blend of vocal and instrumental firepower makes "Dead Ringer For Love" feel like a long-lost outtake from the Grease soundtrack on steroids."[3]

Track listing[edit]

UK 7" Picture Disc (EPCA 1697)[4][5]

  1. "Dead Ringer For Love" (4:21)
  2. "More Than You Deserve" (7:02)

Spanish 7" vinyl (Promo) (EPCA 1697)[6][7]

  1. "Dead Ringer For Love" (4:21)
  2. "More Than You Deserve" (7:02)

Australian 7" vinyl (Promo) (ES698)[8][9]

  1. "Dead Ringer For Love" (4:21)
  2. "More Than You Deserve" (7:02)

Austrian 5" CD Single (1991 Re-released) (6569822)[10][11]

  1. "Dead Ringer For Love" (4:21)
  2. "Heaven Can Wait" (4:38)
  3. "Bat Out Of Hell" (9:51)



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