This was the heavy metal band's sixth single release, and the first Top Ten single for the band in the UK, reaching #7 in 1982. It was also the first single to feature Bruce Dickinson as lead singer, and features on Iron Maiden's third studio album The Number Of The Beast.
The song's lyrics refer to the violence suffered by the Native Americans during the 19th century.
The band formed in East London in 1975 and have also been popular in Finland, where, during the noughties they had a run of seven top ten hit singles.
That run is similiar to a period at the end of the eighties. In the UK between 1988-90, Iron Maiden achieved success with seven top ten singles from the albums Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son and No Prayer For The Dying.
This was released as the lead single from the album Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, and reached #3 in the UK and also #4 on the U.S. Rock Charts. Released in March 1988, the song was the band's sixteenth single release overall. As well as the standard 7" vinyl, the track was available in many formats including 3" CD, cassette, shaped picture disc and 12" maxi single.
Released on 1st August 1988 (13th August in the U.S.) this follow-up to Can I Play With Madness entered the British Singles Chart at #6 and peaked at #5 the following week. The song features a great guitar solo by Adrian Smith and the B-side features the tracks Prowler '88 and Charlotte The Harlot '88, the latter featuring another solo by Smith, although Dave Murray precedes him.
The original version of this track was recorded by lead singer Bruce Dickinson for the horror movie A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child and also his solo album Tattooed Millionaire. However, it was not included on the album after Maiden's bassist convinced him that it would sound better if the band recorded it instead.
Maiden released the song as the second single from the album No Prayer For The Dying, and it sounds much more energetic than Dickinson's solo effort. The song was banned by the BBC, and, inevitably, shot to No.1.
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