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John Parr a rock 'n' mercenary? Only in the '80s



I know this sounds like a Larry King sound bite, but if you ask me, meatloaf tastes better on the second day. Yesterday we caught up with Meatloaf in 1983 and today we add some John Parr and get some 1986 Meatloaf with Rock 'n' Roll Mercenaries.

The combination of Meatloaf and John Parr may sound like an odd pairing but the two have a history. Parr was a up and coming song writer when he was approached to write some songs for Meatloaf in 1983. While working with Meatloaf and landing two of his songs on his 1984 Bad Attitude album, Parr met John Wolff, touring manager of The Who who was looking for a new project since The Who was splitting up. Impressed by Parr, he championed him a landed a record contract a year later.

After Parr's success with St. Elmo's Fire, the duo teamed up for the single Rock 'n' Roll Mercenaries off of Meatloaf's 1986 album Blind Before I Stop. The song is a rocker as the video intersperses footage of riots and performance by the two friends. In addition to a blistering performance, the video takes it up another notch nearly two minutes in when the female mercenaries (who look a whole lot like the Addicted To Love models) bust some moves. We would be remiss if we didn't also give praise to the grizzled male mercenaries who later prove they can keep in tune while plotting insurrections.

- Kevin Wuench

[Last modified: Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:22am]


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