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Encyclopedia > Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
"Two Out of Three Ain't Bad"
"Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" cover
Japanese single cover
Single by Meat Loaf
from the album Bat out of Hell
Released 1977
Format 7"
Recorded 1977
Genre Classic Rock
Length 5:27
Label Epic Records
Writer(s) Jim Steinman
Producer(s) Todd Rundgren
Meat Loaf singles chronology
You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth Two Out of Three Ain't Bad Paradise By the Dashboard Light

"Two Out of Three Ain't 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. A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Meat Loaf is the stage name of Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday on September 27, 1951), an American rock singer and actor (stage and screen). ... This article describes the album by Meat Loaf. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Classic rock was originally conceived as a radio station programming format which evolved from the album oriented rock (AOR) format in the early-1980s. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Epic Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. ... Meat Loaf is the stage name of Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday on September 27, 1951), an American rock singer and actor (stage and screen). ... Paradise By the Dashboard Light is the second hit single by the American musician Meat Loaf, after Two Out Of Three Aint Bad. It is a track off his 1977 album Bat Out of Hell, which was entirely written and composed by Jim Steinman. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... Meat Loaf is the stage name of Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday on September 27, 1951), an American rock singer and actor (stage and screen). ... Paradise By the Dashboard Light is the second hit single by the American musician Meat Loaf, after Two Out Of Three Aint Bad. It is a track off his 1977 album Bat Out of Hell, which was entirely written and composed by Jim Steinman. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... This article describes the album by Meat Loaf. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


It was the final song written for the album. In a 2003 interview for the Classic Albums series, Steinman recalls the following:

"I remember [Mimi Kennedy] telling me, she said, you know, when I was probably complaining why no one liked my stuff and couldn't get a deal, she says, well Steiny, your stuff is so complicated. Can't you write something simple, and while she was saying that the oldies station was on the radio and it was playing that old Elvis song, I Want You I Need, whatever it was.
"I Want You I Need You I Love You, you know. I just started singing my own song but it was I Want You I Need You I Love You. She said, why don't you write something simple like that, I want you, I need you, I love you? I said, well I'll try. I don't try to make them complicated. I remember going home and I tried so hard but the best I could do was: I want you, I need you but there ain't no way I'm ever gonna love you, don't be sad, 'cause two out of three ain't bad.
"So it was still a twist but it was my closest to a simple song, and one Elvis could have done."
Meat Loaf in the video for "Two Out Of Three Aint Bad"
Meat Loaf in the video for "Two Out Of Three Aint Bad"

Mimi Kennedy (born September 25, 1949 in Rochester, New York) is an American actress and film director. ...

Explanation of the title

The title is explained in the chorus:

I want you
I need you
But there ain't no way I'm ever gonna love you
Now don't be sad
'Cause two out of three ain't bad

Meat Loaf's character in the song wants and needs the person being sung to, but he does not love her.


The song "Why Isn't That Enough?" from the album Couldn't Have Said It Better makes use of a similar theme: "You know that I want you / You know that I need you baby / You know that I love you / So why isn't that enough?" Couldnt Have Said It Better is a 2003 album by Meat Loaf. ...


Video

The video featured Meat loaf mainly singing by a piano with Jim. The video has a continuity error: in some shots Meat Loaf has his red scarf, in others he hasn't.


 
 

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