June 29, 1992: Iron Maiden release “From Here To Eternity”

MaidenEternity“From Here to Eternity” is a song by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released as the second single from their album Fear of the Dark.

The song is the fourth and most recent song in the ongoing saga of “Charlotte the Harlot” (other songs include “Charlotte the Harlot,” “22 Acacia Avenue,” and “Hooks in You”, although the status of the latter song is a point of debate among fans since it does not actually mention “Charlotte”, just “the keys to a view at number 22”). The songs tells the tale of Charlotte going on a fateful motorcycle ride with the Devil. [Wikipedia]

Watch the video on the Iron Maiden YouTube Channel.

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June 20, 1983: Iron Maiden release “The Trooper”

The_Trooper_song_cover“The Trooper” is a song by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was released as the second single from the band’s fourth studio album, Piece of Mind (1983). It was one of only a few songs to get much radio airplay in the US, thus peaking at No. 28 on the US Mainstream Rock charts. It also achieved success in the UK, peaking at No. 12 in the UK Singles Charts as well as gaining a much better reception than the band’s previous single, “Flight of Icarus“. [Wikipedia]

Watch the video on the Iron Maiden YouTube Channel.

May 23, 1980: Iron Maiden seek “Sanctuary”

Maidensanctuary“Sanctuary” is the second single released by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, reaching No 29 in the UK. Although originally issued as a non-album single, the song was added to the later US release of their debut studio record, Iron Maiden (1980). When the album was re-released in 1998, the song was added in all territories.

The cover art caused controversy for the band as it depicted their mascot, Eddie, wielding a knife while crouching over the corpse of then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. The band’s manager, Rod Smallwood, explained the artwork’s concept: “The artwork is very tongue in cheek, as usual. At that time, Maggie had visited the old USSR and, following her tough stance with them, had been christened the Iron Maiden. Eddie took offence to this, and even more so when she started taking our posters.” It was Smallwood himself who suggested to EMI that the cover be released with Thatcher’s face censored “as this would give the tabloids an angle and draw attention to the single.” Margaret Thatcher would also appear on the band’s next single, “Women in Uniform“, in which she is shown seeking revenge on Eddie with a machine gun. [Wikipedia]

Listen to “Sanctuary” and the b-side tracks “Drifter (Live)” and “I’ve Got The Fire (Live)” on the Iron Maiden YouTube Channel.

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On the single were (l-r): Clive Burr – drums; Dave Murray – guitar; Steve Harris – bass guitar; Paul Di’Anno – lead vocals; Dennis Stratton – guitar.

May 11, 1992: Iron Maiden release Fear Of The Dark

220px-Iron_Maiden_-_Fear_Of_The_DarkFear of the Dark is the ninth studio album released by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was their third studio release to top the UK albums chart (certified Gold) and the last to feature Bruce Dickinson as the group’s lead vocalist until his return in 1999.

It was also the first album to be produced by bassist and band founder Steve Harris, and the last to feature the work of producer Martin Birch (who retired after its release).

It spawned two singles, “Be Quick Or Be Dead” and “From Here To Eternity“.

Listen to the album on Spotify.

On the album were:

Iron-Maiden-1992(l-r) Dave Murray – guitar; Steve Harris – bass guitar, producer, mixing; Bruce Dickinson – vocals; Nicko McBrain – drums; Janick Gers – guitar
plus Michael Kenney – keyboards

May 16, 1983: Iron Maiden give us a Piece Of Mind

Iron_Maiden_-_Piece_Of_MindPiece of Mind is the fourth studio album by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was the first album to feature drummer Nicko McBrain, who had recently left the Paris-based band Trust and has been Iron Maiden’s drummer ever since.

Piece of Mind was a critical and commercial success, reaching No. 3 in the UK Albums Chart and achieving platinum certification.

Lyrically, the album largely reflects the group’s literary interests, such as “To Tame a Land”, inspired by Frank Herbert‘s 1965 science fiction novel Dune; “Sun and Steel”, based on Yukio Mishima’s 1968 essay about samurai Miyamoto Musashi; “Still Life”, influenced by Ramsey Campbell’s 1964 short story “The Inhabitant of the Lake”, and “The Trooper”, inspired by Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s The Charge of the Light Brigade (1854). Film influences are also present, such as “Where Eagles Dare“, based on the Brian G. Hutton 1968 film, scripted by Alistair MacLean, and “Quest for Fire“, based on the 1981 film by Jean-Jacques Annaud. On top of this, “Revelations”, includes lines from G. K. Chesterton’s hymn O God of Earth and Altar, while the remainder of the song is influenced by Aleister Crowley. More exotic influences include Greek mythology, albeit slightly altered, for “Flight of Icarus”. “To Tame a Land” was meant to be entitled “Dune” after the novel. But after seeking permission from Frank Herbert’s agents, the band received a message which stated, “Frank Herbert doesn’t like rock bands, particularly heavy rock bands, and especially bands like Iron Maiden” and were forced to change the name. [Wikipedia]

Two singles were released: “The Flight Of Icarus” and “The Trooper“.

Listen to the album on Spotify.

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On the album were (l-r): Dave Murray – guitar; Steve Harris – bass guitar; Bruce Dickinson – lead vocals; Nicko McBrain – drums; Adrian Smith – guitar.

April 14, 1980: Iron Maiden releases debut album

Iron_Maiden_(album)_coverIron Maiden is the eponymous debut studio album by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was issued by EMI in the UK, and a few months later in North America. The North American version also included the song “Sanctuary“, previously released in the UK as a non-album single. In 1998, along with the rest of the band’s pre-1995 releases, Iron Maiden was remastered with “Sanctuary” added in all territories. It is the band’s only album to feature guitarist Dennis Stratton.

When first issued, the album received immediate critical acclaim, with Geoff Barton, reviewing the album in Sounds, writing, “Heavy metal for the ’80s, its blinding speed and rampant ferocity making most plastic heavy rock tracks from the ’60s and ’70s sound sloth-like and funeral-dirgey by comparison.”

Although Iron Maiden have since criticised the quality of the album’s production, the release was met with critical and commercial success, debuting at No. 4 in the UK Albums Chart as well as achieving prominence for the band in mainland Europe. [Wikipedia]

Listen to Iron Maiden on Spotify.

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Iron Maiden in 1980 (l-r):

Clive Burr – drums; Dave Murray – guitar; Steve Harris – bass, backing vocals; Paul Di’Anno – lead vocals; Dennis Stratton – guitar, backing vocals

April 13, 1992: Iron Maiden tell you to “Be Quick Or Be Dead”

Iron_Maiden_-_Be_Quick_or_Be_DeadBe Quick or Be Dead” is a song by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released as the first single release from their ninth studio album Fear of the Dark.

The song is about several political scandals taking place at the time of its release, including the Robert Maxwell banking scandal, European stock market crashes, and the BCCI case. It was released a month prior to the album and reached No. 2 on the UK singles chart. The song is faster and heavier than most Iron Maiden songs, and is the band’s first single co-written by Janick Gers. [Wikipedia]

Watch the video on the Iron Maiden YouTube Channel.