Re: Never understood why Leppard went with Jim Steinman to produce Hysteria.....
Date: February 15, 2010 01:14PM
No track record?!? Did you live through the early 80's? Here's a small history of his track record - as a producer - and more around that time....
- Steinman is credited as producer of every track on Bonnie Tyler's 1983 album Faster Than the Speed of Night. Steinman also wrote two of the songs on the album: "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Faster Than the Speed of Night". For a period in 1983, two songs written and produced by Steinman held the top two positions on the Billboard singles chart, with "Total Eclipse of the Heart" at number one, and "Making Love out of Nothing at All", performed by Air Supply, at number two. The second of those appeared on Air Supply's 1983 compilation albums Greatest Hits and Making Love... The Very Best of Air Supply, and was also released as a single.
Barry Manilow's 1983 compilation album Greatest Hits Vol. II included the song "Read 'Em and Weep", written and produced by Steinman. It had appeared on Meat Loaf's Dead Ringer album in 1981, but with a slightly different lyric. The song stayed at #1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart for eight consecutive weeks.
In 1983, Ian Hunter released his album All of the Good Ones Are Taken. On the title track, "All of the Good Ones Are Taken", Steinman is credited with "assistance". Rory Dodd and Eric Troyer, two singers who often sang on Steinman's studio work, were credited with "additional background vocals".
In 1984, the film Streets of Fire was released. The soundtrack included two songs written and produced by Steinman. They are "Tonight Is What It Means to Be Young" and "Nowhere Fast". The performance of these two songs is credited to "Fire Inc.", which was a reference to an assembly of studio musicians and singers hired for these two songs. The voices heard on these songs include those of Rory Dodd, Holly Sherwood, and Laurie Sargent.
Steinman is credited for producing all of the tracks on Billy Squier's 1984 album Signs of Life, and Barbra Streisand's album of the same year, Emotion, featured "Left in the Dark", which Steinman wrote and produced. The song had previously appeared on Bad for Good.
The soundtrack for the 1984 film Footloose included the song "Holding Out for a Hero", performed by Bonnie Tyler. Steinman produced the track and is credited with writing the music.
...so yes, he was very much the "IT" man at the time, which is why he was chosen to produce the band. Granted, it was just as much a decision of the record label at the time, as it was the bands.