A tribute to the larger-than-life legends of music, entertainment, film and Wagnerian rock opera who tragically passed away during the pandemic: Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf. Steinman wrote “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” for his long-time collaborator, and it was originally recorded in 1993 – featuring on the album Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell. It was released in numerous forms – you’ll be pleased to know ours is closest to the short radio edit – and all of them starred a powerful closing coda duet sung by Lorraine Crosby. It’s an amazing collaboration for its energy, impact, mysterious meaning – enhanced by the magnificent gothic video featuring motorbikes, mansions, and floating sofas. And the whole track is built on the sensational presence and incredible voice of Meat Loaf, who broke the mold when it came to rock tenors and combining fierce passion with tongues in cheek, character, and a sense of humour.
P&O is a ferry company (running ships just down the road from us from Dover) who outrageously decided to lay off 800 of their workforce a couple of weeks ago and replace them with agency workers, with the consequence that ships to France could not even run and large parts of Kent are gridlocked.