Iron Maiden – Run To The Hills
If we want to talk about 80s and Metal, there are many possible starting points, but I think we cannot ignore a fantastic album, released on March 22, 1982 by a band that will revolutionize the concept of merchandising and storytelling. “Run to the hills” was the first single from that album, and in fact anticipated it by more than a month, being released on February 12, 1982.
The album is “The Number of the Beast”, and we are obviously talking about Iron Maiden, whose album and singles covers will become cult objects that day after day will turn more and more into increasingly outstanding patches to apply to leather and denim jackets, with Eddie T.H. (Edward the Head, a comic mascot created specifically for the group) always starring.
“The Number of the Beast” is the debut album for the band’s new vocalist, Bruce Dickinson, and contains eight epic tracks. To push the album is chosen, as the first single, “Run to the Hills”, a shouted story of the conflict between Native Americans and white invaders, clearly a masterpiece that opens the climb to success beyond the Metal genre to the band.
The text alternates points of view of the natives and invaders right from the earliest verses, and there are also some almost neutral words of narration. The cover, however, generated some controversy, because it depicted an American Indian fighting with an axe against a devil in hell. Which might suggest that after all Iron Maiden considered the opponents of the Indians, that is, the white conquerors, as the incarnation of the devil, perhaps the very same beast mentioned in the title of their album.
Iron Maiden on Wikipedia