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Friday, September 27, 2002

“I Can’t Believe He Said That” Lyric #1

Air Supply, “Makin’ Love Out Of Nothin’ At All”

3:23 into the song, lead singer Graham Russell declares “I can make all the stadiums rock.” I submit that Air Supply has never made a single stadium rock. Ever. Let alone all of them. Which you could probably have figured out just based on the name Air Supply, even if you’ve never heard a note of any of their disturbingly numerous soft-headed hits.

Actually, “Makin’ Love Out Of Nothin’ At All” was written by Jim Steinman, also the writer behind all of Meat Loaf’s hits as well as “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler. Which I had sort of guessed even before I knew that, since it does sound a lot like “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” His songs are characterized by big production, broad and sweeping gestures, and high sentimentality. If they work, you don’t notice how lame the lyrics are. If they don’t work, they sound like bad parodies of Broadway showstoppers of the sort you might here on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

I suppose he aspired to make stadiums rock in the sense that a lot of the songs from Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out Of Hell” album are intended to sound like early Bruce Springsteen numbers, with varying degrees of success. So perhaps Air Supply was not the act for which this song was written. But it still sounds hilarious.


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