Guess one out of two continents ain’t good enough for Meat Loaf.
Interviewed on Brandon’s Buzz, the superstar rocker—whose 1977 album, Bat out of Hell, yielded such hits as Two out of Three Ain’t Bad and Paradise by the Dashboard Light while selling 40 million copies—gripes about his latest effort, Hang Cool Teddy Bear.
“It’s kind of being hidden at the moment in the United States, and that’s really a drag,” the Dallas native tells host (and fellow Lonestar Stater) Brandon Henslee of the concept album, which was released April 19 in the UK by Mercury Records and May 11 in the US by Loud & Proud Records.
“I’m very frustrated with the record company at the moment. I’m really frustrated with them here in America.
“I did a record skewed to a younger demographic. I realize [Loud & Proud] wants to hit the older demographic because they are the people who bought records before—but some of them are dead. I mean nothing personal, but some of them are dead and we want to keep the audience moving.
“It’s like a conveyor belt and they just keep saying, ‘Oh, we don’t know how to do that.’ And I’m going, ‘Oh my Lord, help me out!” Meat Loaf, 62, continues.
“I’m somebody critics love to pick on. I’m telling you, if U2 had done this record, Hang Cool Teddy Bear, it would’ve been the second coming. I honestly believe that.”
On May 28, as just one example, The Boston Herald gave Hang Cool a “C-“, writing, “Let’s face it, any album by Mr. Loaf that doesn’t have the words ‘Bat’ and ‘Hell’ in the title usually bites.
“This ambitious but lame effort, which inexplicably entered the UK charts at No. 4, proves the rule.”
To hear Meat Loaf’s full interview today at 11pm ET, click here.
To sample Hang Cool—and decide for yourself—click here.