His mug appeared on the television as he belted out Two Tickets To Paradise in a commercial for some beer or burger or chainsaw.
“That’s scary,” she noted.
There was something about the aging rocker, shuffling about the screen in an exaggerated manner and belting out song in a gravelly voice, that made me think of Joe Cocker.
“He reminds me of Joe Cocker. I think that the two should go out on tour together.”
I pictured the pair lurching across America.
“And Meat Loaf,” she added.
She paused, then succinctly expressed the logic with the very thing I was thinking. “He emotes.”
The Dude abides.
The Loaf emotes.
And the world keeps spinnin’ ’round.
And so I imagined Eddie Money, Joe Cocker, and Meat Loaf touring the country, contorting and lurching, belting it to the back rows, emoting with more melodrama than a dressing room full of drag queens…
…it made for quite a spectacle in my head.
Here are four songs from the catalogs of the trio…
Eddie Money’s career was in a lull when I started listening to music at the outset of the ’80s. Of course I knew his early hits like Two Tickets To Paradise and Baby Hold On To Me as I heard them often on the rock stations, but as those had been several years earlier, it was ancient history to me.
Then, he released No Control. I vividly recall hearing Think I’m In Love for the first time and how damned catchy it was (and still is).
As for Shakin’, while it failed to match Think I’m In Love‘s success, it seemed to get as much airplay and it was notable to me and my friends for the novelty of hearing “tits” on the radio.
Joe Cocker – Shelter Me
from Cocker (1986)
Like Eddie Money, Joe Cocker’s career was waning as the ’80s arrived. I imagine that the only thing that I knew by the man was hearing him croak his way through the mawkish You Are So Beautiful.
Then, he duetted with Jennifer Warnes on Up Where We Belong and I saw him perform on Solid Gold – something for which I was wholly unprepared.
I understand that Cocker is well regarded, but he didn’t exactly make a good first impression on me and, over the years, I’ve not become much more acquainted with his oeuvre beyond the basics. I did hear Shelter Me on the radio a bit in early ’86 and, though I imagine the song is unlikely to make a list of his essentials, I finally took to his gruff, soulful voice.
Meat Loaf – You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth
from Hits Out Of Hell (1984)