Bad Attitude (album)

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Bad Attitude
Meat Loaf Bad Attitude.jpg
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 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.

The 30th anniversary re-issue by Cherry Red Records released in 2014 contains only the original UK track listing and mixes.[3]

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

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

Personnel[edit]

Track numbers indicate that a musician only plays the instrument so noted on that specific track.

Production (US release only)[edit]

  • Meat Loaf, Paul Jacobs, Bob Kulick — remixing (1, 2, 4, 5, 7)
  • Harvey Goldberg — remixing (1, 2, 7)
  • Josh Abbey — remixing (4)
  • Tony Taverner — remixing (5)
  • Mack — remixing (6)
  • Simon Sullivan — extra recordings

Arrangements[edit]

Band[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

"Modern Girl" (UK #17), "Nowhere Fast" (UK #67), and "Piece of the Action" (UK #47) were released as 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. "Surf's Up" was released as a promo single and "Sailor to a Siren" was released as a double A-side with "Modern Girl".

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984–85) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[4] 42
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[5] 24
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[6] 36
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 8
US Billboard 200[8] 74

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..
  3. ^ http://theseconddisc.com/2014/05/28/give-me-the-future-hear-no-evil-label-reissues-meat-loafs-bad-attitude-for-30th-anniversary/
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, New South Wales: Australian Chart Book. p. 196. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Meat Loaf – Bad Attitude" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  6. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Meat Loaf – Bad Attitude". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  7. ^ "Meat Loaf | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Meat Loaf – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Meat Loaf. Retrieved October 1, 2016.