I…. ummmm… well I just don’t know what’s wrong with me. All I can say is that I heard this song long before I knew this, ahhh, video for it existed. Just listen to it with your eyes closed.
For seven minutes.
Chock full ‘o shirtless boys, with short shorts, and waaaay too much eye liner.
And featuring a man teeming with musical talent, and yet seemingly has no rhythm.
Two versions of the same song. Both produced by Steinman.
“Once upon a time was a backbeat, Once upon a time all the poets came to life. And the Angels had guitars even before they had wings. If you hold on to a chorus you can get through the night”
“You’re never alone, ’cause you can put on the ‘phones, and let the drummer tell your heart what to do.”
I like the Steinman version better. Better drums, better piano. The voice, (while it’s not Steinman, it’s Rory Dodd) not better. Must be played loud.
The interpretive dance, is straight out of an episode of Fame! from 1983.
A veryBAD episode.
The Meat Loaf version: Better vocals, better video production. A somewhat famous actress. Don’t forget that both Meat Loaf and Steinman have a Musical Theater background. Maybe some show tunes would be in order!
These live clips are a bit of bad and good. The quality of both the audio and the video are a bit lacking, but it also lends itself to the sense of the live performance. Plus, there are always too many fans singing along.
I remember Toy Matinee, well, Kevin Gilbert really, performing this acoustically at a Sacramento Rawk station (station shall stay nameless because it was mis-managed by a succession of jackholes) back in 1990. Sadly while the song itself was somewhat popular, no record company support, and collaborator disinterest, put the kibosh on any meaningful Toy Matinee follow up efforts.
Kevin, Sacramento born, was a member of the Pasadena based Tuesday Music Club, and started bringing his girlfriend Sheryl Crow along. The result: Kevin co-wrote many of the songs on Crow’s breakout Tuesday Night Music Club.
Kevin passed away in 1996 just as he was being considered as a replacement for Phil Collins in Genesis. His death wasn’t tragic, it was stupid. If you care to learn more about it, check out his listing on Wikipedia.
I’d prefer to just enjoy the music he left behind.