Making Love out of Nothing at All

Making Love out of Nothing at All

Infobox Single
Name = Making Love Out of Nothing At All

Artist = Air Supply
from Album = Greatest Hits
Released = 1983
Format =
[Recorded =]
Genre = Power Ballad
Length = 5:43 (Album Version)4:29 (Edited 45RPM Single Version)
Label = Arista for the USA
Writer = Jim Steinman
Producer = Jim Steinman
[Certification =]
Last single = "Two Less Lonely People in the World"
[This single =]
Next single = "Just As I Am"
Infobox Single
Name = Making Love (Out of Nothing At All)

Artist = Bonnie Tyler
from Album = Free Spirit
Released = 1995
Format =
[Recorded =]
Genre = Power Ballad
Length = 7:49
Label =
Writer = Jim Steinman
Producer = Jim Steinman
[Certification =]
Last single =
[This single =]
Next single =
"Making Love Out of Nothing At All" is a song written and composed by Jim Steinman and has been released by Air Supply and Bonnie Tyler. There have also been numerous other versions that have not been as commercially successful.

History of recording

The song was first performed by Air Supply, gaining them a number two hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States of America (US). Interestingly, it was another Steinman production, Bonnie Tyler's recording of "Total Eclipse of the Heart", that was at number one while "Making Love..." sat in runner-up position, keeping Air Supply from scoring their second number-one single in the US (the first being The One That You Love in 1981). The song subsequently became the title track of their 1983 album. The B-side of the single was a song called "Late Again". [cite web |title=Special Sub-Topic: 'Making Love Out Of Nothing At All' | |url= |accessdate=2006-12-09] They have included the song on their numerous greatest hits and live albums, and recorded an acoustic version for their 2005 album "The Singer and the Song". [cite web |title=Air Supply: The Singer And The Song |work=CD Baby |url= |accessdate=2006-10-22] The original is also featured on the "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" soundtrack album, where it was played during the car chase / gunfight scene. It was also used in the films "Click" and ""

Steinman gave the song, along with "Total Eclipse of the Heart", to Meat Loaf for his "Midnight at the Lost and Found" album; however, Meat Loaf's record company refused to pay Steinman for the material and Meat Loaf ended up writing the songs for the album himself. Steinman's song was then offered to Bonnie Tyler & Air Supply. [cite news |first=Cameron |last=Adams |title=Meat Loaf's a Hell raiser |work=Herald Sun |url=,21985,20642893-5006024,00.html |date=2006-10-26 |accessdate=2006-10-26]

By 1983, Air Supply had changed much of its classic musician line-up, both in the recording studio & on tour. But Steinman known for his lavish, rock-opera-ish type productions, used Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band members Roy Bittan on keyboards and Max Weinberg on drums to musically underscore the recording with like energies. 70's glam-rock icon Rick Derringer, supplied the electric guitar solo that made the sound of this song stand so drastically apart from most other Air Supply productions.

Music and lyrics

The song opens with a few bars of the melody played on piano. The first part of the song lists several things that the vocalist knows how to do, followed by something that they do not. The structure is similar to Steinman's "I'd Do Anything for Love (but I Won't Do That)", where the chorus consists of things that the vocalist would and then would not do.

:"And I know just where to touch you":"And I know just what to prove":"I know when to pull you closer":"And I know when to let you loose"

Like the final lines of each chorus in "Anything for Love", the end of "Making Love" contrasts with the previous stating what he "doesn't" know how to do. The final part of the verse laments:

:"But I don't know how to leave you":"And I'll never let you fall":"And I don't know how you do it":"Making love out of nothing at all"

The title is repeated six times, with background vocals supplying the "making love" part, and the lead vocalist singing the last part of the line.

Strong drumbeats begin the next section of the song, which concentrates upon the attributes of its subject:

:"Every time I see you all the rays of the sun":"Are streaming through the waves in your hair":"And every star in the sky is taking aim at your eyes like a spotlight"

There is an instrumental interlude, dominated by the melody of the title line played by piano. The final verse returns to the structure of the first. The original Air Supply version had an American football analogy, with "I can make the runner stumble, I can make the final block; And I can make every tackle at the sound of the whistle, I can make all the stadiums rock."


The video for the Air Supply version begins with a couple driving to an airport. The male singer is leaving for "one more tour" and asks the woman to join him, as he "can give you anything". The remainder of the video intersperses the singer on stage with a microphone with various scenes of the relationship. Graham and Russell, who comprise Air Supply, leave their dressing room for the stage. As they sing with the band, the female is shown packing and leaving their home, placing their photograph face down on the table in the process. Nevertheless, she changes her mind and does a u-turn on the freeway, and now drives to the airport. She meets him at the side of the stage near the end of the song and they embrace.

:"Graham Russell: So, won't you be considered?":"Girlfriend: So, won't you?":"Graham Russell: Come with me, I can give you everything.":"Girlfriend: I've been there, all I want is you.":"Graham Russell: But it's one more tour then I'll be back.":"Girlfriend: But I won't...I can't..."


Bonnie Tyler version

The song was later covered by Bonnie Tyler on her album "Free Spirit". It opens with a word-less choral voice, before the melody begins, played on piano. "Allmusic" call this version "fantastic, clocking in at nearly eight minutes, and seems perfectly suited for her voice. [Air Supply's] version was already great, but hers is awesome." [cite web|title=Bonnie Tyler: Free Spirit|work=Allmusic|url=|accessdate=2006-10-22] It was produced by Steinman, with Steven Rinkoff as co-producer, at The Hit Factory, New York City. Ma-Elsie Hopkins provided some vocals. [cite album-notes |title=Free Spirit |albumlink=Free Spirit (album) |year=1995 |bandname=Bonnie Tyler |format=booklet |publisher=East West Records |publisherid =0630-12108-2 |mbid=a9f44011-6e6a-411a-83b8-bcb7c0079bba]

These lines were changed for the Tyler version, and also for the subsequent Karine Hannah version, to:

:"I can make you find your power":"I can make you lose your fear":"I can make your body do some very magical things":"I'll make your inhibitions all disappear"

Other cover versions

*Dallas based band Funland covered this song on there 1993 "Sweetness EP" under the name "Obligatory Cover(For The Kids)"

*Karine Hannah recorded a demo of the song when she was working with Steinman on an album. The project fell through, but her version has been leaked onto the internet.

*The song was covered by singer Frankee under the name Nikki A. in 2003 for Louie Devito's Dance Divas, Volume One.

*An electronica pop version was recorded by the band Sexton Blake on their 2007 album "Plays the Hits".

*A Wendy's commercial in Fall 2007 features 2 guys eating burgers, one from Wendy's (with the guy wearing a comical red Wendy's wig), and one pretend promotional burger from a competitor that sings "Making Love Out of Nothing at All."

* the zoo Has Covered It During Live Per Formances With Arnel Pineda

Live performances, appearances in other media, etc.

*The Dream Engine have performed the song at their "Over the Top" concerts.

*In 2005, Carrie Underwood performed the song during the fourth season of "American Idol". [cite web |title=American Idol: Carrie Underwood |work=American Idol |url= |accessdate=2007-05-26]
*The song is played on the car stereo of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's minivan in the final car chase scene of "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"
*Currently the song is being used for a Wendy's commercial, where a "burger" is "singing" a part of the song. This is part of a promo being used in conjunction with Rhapsody
*Korean Rock singer Kim Kyung Ho performed the song at a concert broadcast by SBS.


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