40 years ago marked the release of an album with a logo and mascot which would be a hit with thousands of tattooists. The music, needless to say, caught on everywhere.
They’ve just celebrated their fortieth anniversary, and just writing this brings a smile to my face.
Because Iron Maiden, the debut album of the London group of the same name which came out on 14th April 1980 on EMI, was such a youthful record and it is strange indeed to see it turn forty. Cranky and restless as ever but forty years of age.
It was a compact album and it’s still dear to the hearts of heavy metal fans, with vocals by a great frontman (the iconic Paul Di’Anno) who many fans consider the definitive Iron Maiden vocalist.
It’s a short album (a mere 38 minutes) but already featured the logo and mascot (the legendary Edward The Head, at the time very punk-oriented in appearance and not yet the Eddie we know and love today) that would lay down the law in the eighties and nineties. An album with a mix of sounds which have remained more or less intact since they came out of nowhere.
It was not that “Iron Maiden” sounded like nothing else before it (its influences are blatantly clear), but nobody had ever managed to amalgamate these sounds so effectively.
Let’s cast our minds back: in 1980 the punk of the Damned and Sex Pistols was still going strong. Fine, Prowler – the opening track which starts with a crybaby guitar effect worthy of Jimi Hendrix – has precisely that expressive urgency, not to mention the angry lyrics of Di’Anno which hinge on the storytelling of a young misfit. A homeless man who just can’t fit into the rigid social structure of an England which was looking at a decade of metal, the iron of a certain Margaret Thatcher.
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