Meatloaf's reminiscence about a back-seat love affair is a 14-minute tour de force penned by Jim Steinman. The song was a part of a longer, epic teen drama which formed the basis for the album Bat out of Hell (1978), which ultimately achieved platinum status seven times over. In one of rock's strangest twists, singer Karla DeVito appeared in the famous video version of the song, though on the record the female part was played by Ellen Foley; neither woman became famous in her own right, though one might've predicted it would've been a lucky break for any background vocalist. Perhaps they were lucky; as it is, they are saddled with the identity of the women who repeatedly sang the lines, "'Cause we were barely 17 and we were barely dressed." As the loving couple in the song covers the bases, the game is called by announcer and former Yankee Phil Rizzuto. But it is Meatloaf's vocal performance that provides the meat here; sweaty, impulsive, full of bravado, and with no shame, the Loaf plows through the verses and changes in the song's tempo and range with operatic dexterity. There are no known existing rock band covers of the song -- it would be akin to a mere mortal band attempting something as over the top as Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" -- it simply can't be done. However, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays the Music of Meatloaf contains an orchestrated, instrumental version of the rock opus.