Meat Loaf named his most recent album Hell in a Handbasket because that’s where the ‘70s rock icon—who now prefers to be known simply as “Meat”—feels the world is headed.
“I keep hearing these stories about selfishness and ‘me, me, me, me, what I believe and all of you can just go to Hell’”, he said in a recent PopMatters interview. He heard a student sued a high school to remove a prayer that was on a wall. “It cost the school money and I’m saying to myself, ‘The money could have been better used in the school district by teaching students, helping students, supporting art programs’,” he said. “‘Go down and volunteer at the homeless shelter. Go to the Ronald McDonald House. Go to the kids’ hospital. Volunteer to help the homeless. Go do anything. Don’t just make it about me, me, me, me, me and this is my belief and I believe that I am right.’”
For Meat, Hell in a Handbasket is about humanity, compassion, dignity, and being truthful. Meat says this is his most personal record ever: “I want everyone to know who I am”, he says, projecting a straightforward, confessional honesty. In the first song, “All of Me”, Meat sings: “I caught a glimpse of myself today / It wasn’t a pretty picture / I must say / This is my anger / This is my shame. / These are my insecurities that I can’t explain”.