If Meat Loaf doesn’t come on The Late Late Show to recreate this interview with a teen James Corden — or at least make a Carpool Karaoke appearance — it might become one of pop culture’s greatest missed opportunities.
In honor of Corden’s birthday on Monday, the BBC shared footage of an interview he did with the rock star back in 1995.
“I’ll be bringing you all the top gossip, plus an exclusive interview with Meat Loaf,” the “Young Good Morning Showbiz Reporter” began from the studio for BBC1’s Good Morning with Anne and Nick. The clip then cuts to Corden outside confirming with a doorman that he’s in the right place to see Meat Loaf.
“Do you like marmalade, by any chance?” Meatloaf asks the rising journalist. “Hi, this is James right here and I’m Meat Loaf and we’re doing this English breakfast show and it’s like really cool.”
Finally, Corden managed to ask his first question, one about how the musician feels about promotional tours. Meat Loaf answers by beating his head against the table. “The table’s too short, and the table’s too tall, and I just messed up my makeup but that’s exactly what I want to do.”
The pair proceeded to bond, with Meat Loaf doling out advice to Corden in the end: “The one thing you’ve gotta do, is that you need to always do the best you can do, no matter what the given situation, no matter what comes up against you. You do the best you can do and you never give up. Never quit.”
And, clearly, he never did. Watch the clip below.