8 year old reviews Bat Out of Hell

Radio 5 Live has a Saturday morning feature where children review old music from parents/relatives collections.

This morning a delightful 8 year old girl reviewed Bat Out of Hell which came from her Granny’s collection. Being 64 myself & remembering this 1977 album as if it were last week, this was not a good start. The fact that it turned out to be a vinyl copy & she had to be taught how to use a record player made me feel even older.

However the bad news stopped there. She was asked to describe the record in three words & said ‘brilliant, exciting’, long pause then… ‘loud!’ She gave it 5 out of 5 &, when asked to compare it against her favourite, Ollie Murs, said it was much better!

She was then asked for her favourite track &, without hesitation said ‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light’ & belted out a surprisingly tuneful & word perfect rendition of the ‘Stop Right There’ & ‘Do You Love Me, Will You Make Me Your Wife’ bit.

Her enthusiasm was infectious & it made me think that there are many youngsters who will have a wonderful time in the coming years when they discover some of the fantastic music granny & granddad enjoyed & that some of the musicians from many years past can indeed show a clean pair of heels to the manufactured pop idols that they believe represent the cutting edge of the music industry.

The interview ended when she asked the DJ if he supported Watford. When he confirmed he did she said it was the wrong team & told him ‘Up the Rams!’ A young lady who definitely knows her own mind!

An uplifting start to the weekend.


That is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
Paradise is one of my favourites. I may have to break out the vnyl tonight.

Good lord, I must be younger than I think. I’ve only got it on CD (& played Paradise this morning!).

Even more remarkable is that I am not a big fan of kids! I could make an exception for her though!

Sadly, I am older than I like to believe.

Or, as I’ve often found, “The older I get, the better I was”, at least according to today’s T-shirt. :wink:

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That’s about right the mental age of people still listening to that. :rofl::rofl::rofl:


…said many record executives who passed on what was to be come an album selling >43million copies :smile: :heavy_dollar_sign:

Taste in music is a strange thing.

You sound a bundle of fun Tony!

Would it help you to know the rest of my mornings listening was Vaughn Williams & Eric Clapton?

Depressingly true…

I’m still gutted that R4 doesn’t start the day with its vaughan williamish mix R4 theme.

Just a bit of banter. Nothing personal. People who know me through out the years know that I’m only joking. Enjoy your music!


I have this dream Tony that one day Ste*** Wil*** will remix Bat Out Of Hell, and the two opposites will cancel out leaving you loving it.

There is hope for the young generation yet!


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Just listening to the album.

A young lady of good taste!

I agree, but you can always DIY: it’s called the Radio 4 UK Theme and there are several recordings available on the usual streaming platforms.

I’ve got a CD single of it which was released when the theme was being retired. SSUKCDS001 - cheap s/h copies abound!


I remember when Bat out of Hell came out people raving over it : to me it was overblown American rock - OK but nothing I would buy or choose to play myself. I was quite impressed, however, that it stood the test of time and still seemed popular a decade later - and Meatloaf still playing it.

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I have the original vinyl, seriously played at the time but mostly unplayed since. ( I even have Jim Steinman’s Bad for Good)

Strangely I do remember playing it again when our eldest started secondary school probably to try and rekindle some feelings of my own secondary school initiation.

It’s not one I’ve ever been tempted to rebuy digitally.

May crank up my trusty Rega P3 tomorrow and reminisce.


I want to make it clear that whilst I like the album it is not one of my favourites. I only bought the CD about 15 years later when I had spare cash.

However I have met, in my small social circle, at least half a dozen people over the years for whom the album reminded them of good times in the past & instantly feel a warm glow whenever they hear a track from it.

My own memory of it dates back to January 1978 & the successful single ‘You took the words right out of my mouth’. I had just received a big promotion at work, large pay rise & first company car, out on the road all the time & answerable to no one except my figures at the end of the month!

This catchy track was often on the radio in the car & just raised the spirit on hearing it. The opposite was true of the other big hit of the time, Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’, which has always sounded to me as if she was recording it whilst someone was trying to strangle her!

I think the reason Bat Out Of Hell was such a success was that all the songs were catchy after only one or two listens & you found yourself singing them without realising. The album was also pure theatre, easy to follow & gloriously over the top. It seemed to tell a story & paint pictures without requiring you put too much effort into listening.

Hi Tony,

You may be interested to read my reply to Innocent_Bystander in this thread to see why I think this album obviously ‘struck a chord’ with so many people.

I don’t really think it was because the music was so outstanding. It was because it was catchy, easy to remember & theatrical.