Born in 1956 in New York but raised in California, Jim Steinman would form his first band in high school under the moniker Clitoris That Thought It Was A Puppy in 1974, shortly after then penning the off-Broadway musical More Than You Deserve. After meeting Meat Loaf, who was applying for a role in that very same stage play, the pair would tour together and eventually settle in New York . Forming a working relationship they would collaborate on the massively popular Bat Out Of Hell album. Produced by Todd Rundgren and released under Meat Loaf's solo name in 1978, the album grew to become one of the biggest selling recordings of all time and helped both Meat Loaf and Steinman to become much desired men in the songwriting and performance fields respectively. But Steinman and Meat Loaf had a falling out of sorts, compounded by Meat Loaf's health (and vocal) illnesses that followed, leaving Steinman to release the follow-up Bad For Good (1981) as a solo debut effort under his own name and featuring musicians Rory Dodd (vocals), Todd Rundgren (production and guitars), E-Street Band members (Roy Bittan (piano), Max Weinberg (drums), more famous for performing with Bruce Springsteen), along with Karla DeVito (vocals), Davey Jonstone (add. guitar), Roger Powell (synth.), Jimmy Maelen (add. percussion), Joe Stefko (drums), Steve Buslowe (bass) and backing vocals by Todd Rundgren/Kasim Sultan/Eric Troyer/Ellen Foley, along with other musical assistance by Larry Fast/Neal Jason/Alan Schwartzberg/Steven Margoshes. The disc made a full 7 in the U.K. but only 63 in the U.S. due mostly to the absence of Meat Loaf's vocals for which the music was clearly written. The album was obviously designed to be a "Bat Out Of Hell II". Indeed, "Bat Out Of Hell II" it was, with many of the tracks later being re-released with Meat Loaf's vocals in the early '90's for the pair's reunification some 14 (or so) years later on the official Meat Loaf Bat Out Of Hell II: Return To Hell release (although Steinman's songwriting credits appear on Meat Loaf's follow-up Dead Ringer (1981) they were nothing more than left-overs from the Bat Out Of Hell days).
The Bad For Good effort would be the last for Steinman for sometime, with the exception of left-over spin off singles, as Steinman now turned to the production desk for most of the 1980s including work on Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse Of The Heart hit, with other production credits on Sisters Of Mercy's Floodland set (2 tracks), and the aborted collaboration with Def Leppard.
Steinman's bombastic theatrical musings and styles in his songwriting was always evident in his own and works for others, and although he would try a band again in 1984 under the moniker of Jim Steinman's Fire Inc., producing only a handful of singles, it would not be until 1989 when he re-emerged with an album of his own as Pandora's Box featuring himself with Eddie Martinez (guitar), Elaine Caswell (vocals), Steve Buslowe (bass), Roy Bittan (piano), Jeff Bittan (piano/back. vocals) andEllen Foley/Deliria Wilde/Gina Taylor/Holly Sherwood/Laura Theodore (all back. vocals) for Original Sin (1989). Despite being praised in the Metal press the album failed to succeed commercially, but after his return with Meat Loaf for the hugely popular aforementioned Bat Out Of Hell sequel (merging new material with tracks from both Original Sin and Bad For Good) he was a much sought after producer and songwriter again.