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Encyclopedia > Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are
"Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are"
"Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are" cover
Single by Meat Loaf
from the album Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell
Released 1993 (album track)

1994 (single) Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... This article is about the singer. ... Bat out of Hell II: Back Into Hell is a studio album of singer Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday), released in 1993 (see 1993 in music). ... See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 // Date Unknown- Christian Rock label Tooth and Nail Records is formed. ... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ...

Format CD, Cassette
Recorded Ocean Way Recording (LA)
Genre Wagnerian Rock
Length 10:15
Label MCA
Writer Jim Steinman
Producer Jim Steinman
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Meat Loaf singles chronology
"Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through"
(1994)
"Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are"
(1994)
"I'd Lie for You (and That's the Truth)"
(1995)

"Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are" is a song composed and written by Jim Steinman, and recorded by Meat Loaf. The song was released in 1994 as the third single from the album Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell and it reached #38 on US's Billboard Hot 100, and #26 in the UK Top 40. With its chart success, this song became the hit with the longest un-bracketed title.[1] A CD single is a music single in the form of a compact disc. ... Insert from the Winter cassette single by Tori Amos The cassette single was a music recording format that debuted in the 80s. ... Ocean Way Recording - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Wagnerian Rock is a musical genre that was created by Jim Steinman due to his love for the music of Richard Wagner and Phil Spector. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... The Music Corporation of America was a United States based corporation in the music business. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Jim Steinman (born November 1, 1947 in New York City, New York) is notable for being a record producer, composer, and lyricist. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Jim Steinman (born November 1, 1947 in New York City, New York) is notable for being a record producer, composer, and lyricist. ... “Golden record” redirects here. ... The RIAA Logo. ... This article is about the singer. ... Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through is a song composed and written by Jim Steinman, and recorded by Meat Loaf. ... Id Lie For You (And Thats The Truth) is a song composed and written by Diane Warren, and recorded by Meat Loaf and Patti Russo. ... Jim Steinman (born November 1, 1947 in New York City, New York) is notable for being a record producer, composer, and lyricist. ... This article is about the singer. ... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ... Bat out of Hell II: Back Into Hell is a studio album of singer Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday), released in 1993 (see 1993 in music). ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ...


Steinman reused the melody, with new lyrics by Michael Kunze, for "Die Unstillbare Gier", a song in the Tanz der Vampire productions, and for "Confession of a Vampire" in the ill-fated US version (Dance of the Vampires). Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Dance of the Vampires (or Tanz der Vampire as the original German version is named) is a musical, which deals with the legend of vampires. ...

Contents

Music and lyrics

"Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are" is a three part narrative that uses pathetic fallacy, where the seasons (summer, winter and spring) reflect the atmosphere of the events being described. According to the All Music Guide, it draws "its inspiration from the singer’s often-tragic childhood. The lyrics portray a man who has overcome tragedies in his life yet still feels haunted by their memory."[2] Steinman says that it was "the hardest song to write and get across." The pathetic fallacy or anthropomorphic fallacy is the description of inanimate natural objects in a manner that endows them with human feelings, thoughts and sensations. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ...

It's a very passionate song. It's really, I think maybe, the most passionate one on the record. I mean, I'm really proud of it because that's really one that goes over-the-top in the sense that it's got images - it has religious imagery of resurrection, it's got images of fertility and rebirth, it has really very good sexual images, images of cars - which I always like.[3][4] Look up Resurrection in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Fertility is the natural capability of giving life. ... Rebirth may refer the following spiritual/religious concepts: Reincarnation Buddhist Rebirth The experience of being born again in Christianity Rebirth may also refer to: Rebirth, an album by Pain Rebirth, an album by Jennifer Lopez Rebirth, an album by Gackt Rebirth, an album by Angra ReBirth RB-338, software synthesizer...

All Music Guide says "the music takes the concept of a power ballad to epic heights: the verses build from somber softness to piercing heights of drama before giving way to a chorus that releases the tension with a meditative melodic figure that underlines the hypnotically-repeated title in a soothing fashion."[2] The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... To emphasize the emotional aspect of a power ballad, crowds customarily hold up lit lighters. ...


The first verse is set in summer, when "the skies were pure and the fields were green." The vocalist describes his close friendship with his best friend, who dies prematurely in a crash.[5] Although Kenny has died, the vocalist reveals how his memory lives on:

There are times I think I see him peeling out of the dark
I think he's right behind me now and he's gaining ground
Audio sample:
  • "And it was long ago and it was far away..."
    The end of the verse leading into the chorus, with the title line.
  • Problems playing the files? See media help.

Each verse concludes by declaring that the preceding events "were long ago" and "far away." He compares his life to a highway, and his soul to a car. This leads on to a repetition of the title. Image File history File links Meat_Loaf_-_Objects_in_the_Rear_View_Mirror. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Soul (disambiguation). ...


The second verse is darker in tone. The season is winter, when "dreams would freeze," and the sun has "descended." The lyrics document a physically abusive "dangerous and drunk" father. Like the first verse, the memories of the past still effect the present.

And though the nightmares should be over
Some of the terrors are still intact
I'll hear that ugly coarse and violent voice
And then he grabs me from behind and then he pulls me back

Again, the title is repeated several times, softly at first, building into a more dramatic intensity. All Music Guide says it starts "with gentle piano and synthesizer licks that are built up with power chords to enhance their drama and weaving stirring, choir-styled backing vocals into the chorus that keep its repetition fresh by giving it new layers."[2] An instrumental piano and guitar section bridges the second and third verses. The "choir-styled" wordless background vocals were arranged by Todd Rundgren. Guitar is gradually given more emphasis in the mix as the band plays the melody of the verse, concluding with the instrumental of the opening line of the verse. Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA), is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. ...


The third verse describes "a beauty living on the edge of town" and a seemingly intense sexual relationship. The night metaphor from the previous verse remains, but here it has more romantic imagery ("The stars would glimmer and the moon would glow"). However, their relationship ends. Conforming to the structure of the song, and its title, her memory is still present.

She used her body just like a bandage;
She used my body just like a wound
I'll probably never know where she disappeared
But I can see her rising up out of the back seat now
Just like an angel rising up from a tomb

After the title line is repeated twelve times, with growing volume and intensity, the vocalist quietly repeats the first four lines of the above.


Music video

Michael Bay directed the music video for Propaganda Films.[6] He also directed the videos for "I'd Do Anything for Love (but I Won't Do That)" and "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through", also from Bat out of Hell II. Allen Daviau was the cinematographer. Michael Benjamin Bay (born February 17, 1965) is an American film director and producer. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Audio sample: Chorus ( file info) — The final chorus, from a live performance in February 2004 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. ... Allen Daviau (born June 14, 1942 in New Orleans) is a five-time Academy Award nominated American cinematographer. ... A Cameraman-Reporter during a MINUSTAH mission in 2007 (Photo: Patrick-André Perron A cinematographer is one photographing with a motion picture camera (the art and science of which is known as cinematography). ...


The music video has overlapping features so that it looks like that the actors are ghost-like, appearing and disappearing. The length of the music video is 7:42, compared to the 10:15 single version. Actors include Robert Patrick as Kenny's father, Greg as Kenny, Will Estes as the grieving friend (young Meat Loaf) and an unidentified model as "The Beauty on the Edge of Town". Robert Patrick (born November 5, 1958) is a Saturn Award-winning American film and television actor. ... Will Estes (born William Estes Nipper, October 21, 1978, Los Angeles, California) is an American actor best known for his role as JJ Pryor, on the NBC drama American Dreams. ...


Filming took place in and around Denton, Texas.[6] The scene with the "beauty at the edge of town" washing her car was filmed in Valley View, Texas, near to the Oklahoma border.[7] Motto: North of Ordinary Location within the state of Texas County Denton County Government  - Mayor Perry McNeill Area  - City 161. ... Valley View is a town in Cooke County, Texas, United States. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Largest metro area Oklahoma City metro area Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,898 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ...


Plot

The video opens with Kenny playing with his friend, and the father (Robert Patrick) letting them sit in his plane. A little older, Kenny takes the plane for a ride. The father runs outside just in time to see Kenny lose control of the aircraft, crash and killed ("They said he crashed and burned"). The firefighters extinguish the fire from the wreckage and an ambulance takes away the body. Airplane and Aeroplane redirect here. ... A Canadian firefighter A firefighter or fireman is trained and equipped to extinguish fires. ... For other uses, see Fire (disambiguation). ... Wreckage is the debut album from British DJ/producer Overseer. ... An ambulance in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico A Helicopter used as an Ambulance. ...

Meat Loaf and Will Estes in the music video, showing some bleak cinematography.
Meat Loaf and Will Estes in the music video, showing some bleak cinematography.

In the second section of the song, the protagonist sees the ghost of the plane fly over the graveyard at Kenny's funeral. Synchronic with the lyrics relating to "winter" ("freeze"; "no leaves on the trees") in this verse, the cinematography is bleak. It shows his father as a family man during the day but an abusive alcoholic all the time. The line "He hit me again, and again, and again" is accompanied by a baseball scene, rather than visually depicting the violence of "hit" that the autobiographical elements suggest.[2] Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Graves at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York A cemetery is a place (usually an enclosed area of land) in which dead bodies are buried. ... For other uses, see Funeral (disambiguation). ... Abuser redirects here. ... King Alcohol and his Prime Minister circa 1820 Alcoholism is the consumption of or preoccupation with alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the alcoholics normal personal, family, social, or work life. ... This article is about the sport. ...


He runs away trying to regain his freedom ("I had to run away alone... my life became my own"). He then meets an older woman who teaches him everything "about the mystery and the muscle of love." A risqué sequence of them engaging in sexual activity in the back of a car matches the lyrics ("She used her body just like a bandage/She used my body just like a wound"). Mohandas K. Gandhi - Freedom can be achieved through inner sovereignty. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


At the end of the video, whenever Meat Loaf sings the line "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are", he sees either the ghost of the plane, the woman or himself when he was younger. As with the lyrics, the sequence depicts how, as All Music Guide says, "he still feels haunted by their memory."[2]


Single release and reception

The song was the third track from Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell released as a single. It reached #38 on US's Billboard Hot 100, and, in May 1994, #26 in the UK Top 40.[8] The UK Virgin release also featured two tracks performed live in New York City in July 1993: "All Revved Up with No Place to Go" and "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad."[9] These would later appear on Meat Loaf's Live Around the World album. The Maxie single featured live versions of "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through" (which also appeared on Live Around the World), "Masculine" (one of his few Blind Before I Stop live recordings from the early '90s) , and his cover of "Roll Over Beethoven" (recorded for VH-1). Like the album and other singles from Bat II, the artwork for the cover was by Michael Whelan. The graphic also appears alongside the song's lyrics in the album's booklet.[10] Bat out of Hell II: Back Into Hell is a studio album of singer Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday), released in 1993 (see 1993 in music). ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... The UK Singles Chart is compiled by the Official UK Charts Company on behalf of the music industry. ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Two Out of Three Aint Bad is the first hit single by the American musician Meat Loaf in his solo carrier , followed by Paradise By the Dashboard Light. It is a track off his 1977 album Bat Out of Hell, written by Jim Steinman. ... Live Around the World is another live album by Meat Loaf, this one released in 1996 to capitalize on his two recent successes, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell and Welcome to the Neighborhood. ... Blind Before I Stop is a 1986 album by Meat Loaf. ... Roll Over Beethoven is a 1956 hit single by Chuck Berry // The song is notable as one of the earliest definitive rock and roll recordings. ... VH1 (which stands for Video Hits 1) is an American cable television channel that was created in 1985. ... At the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow, August 2005 Michael Whelan (born June 29, 1950) is a multiple award winning American artist specializing in science fiction and fantasy illustration. ...


The length and narrative led Q magazine to call the song a "near-Springsteen parody ballad."[11] It remains a major favorite with Meat Loaf’s fans thanks to its autobiographical quality.[2] When Meat Loaf performed the song at the Royal Albert Hall in London in October 2006, one reviewer called the "little known but well loved song" a "showstopper."[12] Q is a music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom, with a circulation of 140,282 and a readership of 731,000. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... “Albert Hall” redirects here. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


The song was specified in some of the album's negative reviews, mainly its length and the repetition of the title line. Rolling Stone referred to the songs, naming "Objects", as "harmless, low-octane operatic drivel" with "insufferably long Steinman compositions with equally long names."[13] The Fort Worth Star-Telegram also referred to the length of the songs on the album, in which Steinman "vomits up 75 minutes of endlessly repeated choruses."[14] This article is about the magazine. ... The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is a major U.S. daily newspaper serving Fort Worth and the western half of the North Texas area known as the Metroplex. ...


Meat Loaf performed the song on the 14 April 1994 edition of the BBC television show Top of the Pops.[15] Live versions of the song were included on the 1996 Live Around the World album and the 2007 3 Bats Live DVD. The Dream Engine performed the song at the Over the Top concerts at Mohegan Sun: this arrangement had the second verse being performed by a female vocalist. Steinman reused the melody, with new lyrics by Michael Kunze, for "Die Unstillbare Gier", a song performed by the character Graf von Krolock in the Tanz der Vampire productions. Steve Barton performed the song on the 1998 Original Vienna Cast Recording.[16] Steinman rewrote the Tanz version into English as "Confession of a Vampire" for the ill-fated US version (Dance of the Vampires) of the musical starring Michael Crawford. April 14 is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 261 days remaining. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... BBC Television is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which began in 1932. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ... 3 Bats Live is a music DVD by rock singer Meat Loaf. ... The Dream Engine (sometimes abbreviated as TDE) is a music performance group created by Jim Steinman and Steven Rinkoff in 2006. ... The Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino located in the village of Uncasville in the town of Montville, Connecticut, U.S., is the worlds second largest casino. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Dance of the Vampires (or Tanz der Vampire as the original German version is named) is a musical, which deals with the legend of vampires. ... Steve Barton (June 26, 1954 - July 21, 2001) was an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, stage director and teacher. ... For other uses, see Vienna (disambiguation). ... Michael Crawford (right) as Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do Ave Em Michael Crawford, OBE (born Michael Patrick Dumble-Smith, 19 January 1942 in Salisbury, Wiltshire), is an English actor and singer. ...


Personnel

This article is about the singer. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Bill Payne (born March 12, 1949 in Waco, TX) is one of the founding members of critically acclaimed American rock band Little Feat. ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... Session musician whose notable work includes David Lee Roths solo EP, Crazy from the Heat,and with Run-D.M.C. on Rockbox. Artist and Designer from Pacoima, California. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Bass drum made from wood, rope, and cowskin A drum is a musical instrument in the percussion group that can be large, technically classified as a membranophone. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... Jeff Bova (born Jeffrey P. Bova in 1953) is an American Grammy Award winning keyboardist, composer, arranger and record producer. ... For other uses, see Synthesizer (disambiguation). ... Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA), is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Lorraine Crosby (born November 1958), better known as Mrs. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Ellen Foley (born 1951, St. ... Rory Dodd (born Port Dover, Ontario, Canada) is a rock vocalist who has performed many songs written by Jim Steinman. ...

References

  1. ^ Record Breakers and Trivia : Singles : Miscellany. everyhit.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-09.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Guarisco, Donald A.. Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are. All Music Guide. Retrieved on 2007-08-31.
  3. ^ Jim Steinman. (1993). Back into Hell: Meat Loaf & Jim Steinman interview [DVD]. Virgin Records.
  4. ^ Steinman, Jim. The Artist's Mind Jim Steinman On... Retrieved on 2007-08-28.
  5. ^ The lyrics do not make clear what kind of crash, although the music video uses a flying accident.
  6. ^ a b Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are. meatloaf-oifc.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-09.
  7. ^ Lea H.. The Making of Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are. meatloaf-oifc.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-09.
  8. ^ Rice, Tim; Paul Gambaccini & Jonathan Rice (1995). British Hit Singles, 10th ed, Middlesex: Guinness, 209. ISBN 0851126332. 
  9. ^ Meat Loaf. mattscdsingles.com. Retrieved on 2007-09-24.
  10. ^ (1993) Album notes for Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell by Meat Loaf [booklet]. Virgin (CDV2710 - 7243 8 39067 27). Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell at MusicBrainz.
  11. ^ Nicol, Jimmy. "Excessive - Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell" (Reprint on website), Q, EMAP. Retrieved on 2007-08-26. 
  12. ^ Tuckwell, Catherine. Meatloaf - Royal Albert Hall. DN Magazine. Retrieved on 2007-07-09.
  13. ^ Birkbeck, Matt (October 28, 1993). Album Reviews: Meat Loaf, Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2007-08-25.
  14. ^ "unknown" (Quotation reprinted on website), The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1993. Retrieved on 2007-08-25. 
  15. ^ Objects In The Rear View Mirror. BBC.co.uk Top of the Pops video archive. Retrieved on 2007-10-04.
  16. ^ Steve Barton. BroadwayStars.com. Retrieved on 2007-10-04.

 
 

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