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Here's the definitive interview about 'Bat Out of Hell' (link below) during the 40th anniversary celebration of the blockbuster album. Todd Rundgren, who produced the album, talks about the record being a parody of Bruce Springsteen, who was being promoted at the time as Rock's savior, and the famous the 'wall of sound'. He even got Max Weinberg and Roy Bittan from the E Street Band to play on the album (although neither knew it was a Springsteen spoof).

For Jim Steinman, the album was a retelling of Peter Pan.

Rundgren: "He keeps retrying to tell the story of Peter Pan in one form or another. And so just imagine Meat Loaf as Peter Pan."

Rundgren also talks about getting stuck with the production/recording bill for the album because, in trying to get the album signed and distributed for two-and-half years, no label wanted it.

When he was asked if there was a point where he thought “okay, yeah, we’ve actually got something here” Rundgren replied: "Yeah, it was when I got my first royalty check." The check was $700,000 or $800,000, the biggest check he'd ever seen in his life.

Rundgren talked about the complex melodies in the background vocals, Meat Loaf's proposal to his wife, and much more.

https://www.billboard.com/music/rock/todd-rundgren-meat-loaf...
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