Riff ov the Week: IRON MAIDEN

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Since its inception, Riff ov the Week has had a single general rule: No Iron Maiden. Why? Because it’s like a grown-ass man showing up to a footie pajama pillow fight with a garage-project Howitzer you designed to shoot pillows with pinpoint accuracy at tremendous and perilous velocities. You’re technically still fighting with pillows, but it’s unjust and irresponsible. But this week – and this week only – we’re letting everyone break out the big guns. 

Last week, Howard Dean’s Disma riff took the supergroup edition crown with 17 votes. His reward is the feeling of a job well done after giving 100%.

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Next week:

  • Vegglampe has suggested that, since we’ve done album openers, the time is nigh for an edition for album closers. I agree.
  • Send your album-closing riffs to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com. Include your name, a link, the time of the riff, and an explanation.
  • If you have an idea for a theme, let me know.

 

Masterlord

Not just my favorite Maiden riff, but quite possibly my favorite riff ever written. Iron Maiden knows how to kick off an album, and beginning of Somewhere in Time is one of the greatest in the history of metal. That gallop under those signature guitar harmonies gives me an iron erection. Starts at around 0:50, but I suggested letting it build from the start. Up the irons.

 

W.

I love eponymous songs. The opening riff. I know you know it.

 

Shrimp in a Pizza Box

Explanation: >open Spotify >go to Iron Maiden >top tracks >1st one: Fear of the Dark >FUCK >2nd one >pick a riff >submit. 0:07.

 

Vegglampe Ted Nü-Djent

V: “Dance of Death” builds up perfectly, and the riff at 2:59 keeps on giving several climaxes for the song, which in general is tighter than Batman’s suit.

TND: I figure at this time of submission that all early era Maiden riffs have been submitted, so you may attend the renaissance fair at 3:00, which is then followed by some of the most perfect guitar solos you will ever hear.

 

Ahmed Johnson

There are so many choices for an Iron Maiden riff that it’s almost impossible to pick one. Here’s mine. 0:00 to 0:26.

 

Ellipsis

Up the Irons. 0:50.

 

Iron Lawnmower

10/10 best riff. 1,000 years anal destruction riff. Fucking riff of fucking doom mega riffage yeah yeah riffity riffity riff fuck yeah ooggle boggle bing bang ba boo.

 

Leif Bearikson

While this is a riff that completely rules on it’s own, within the context of the song it feels like sweet release. A driving build up that soars straight into the solo, as well as the hearts and minds of non-posers everywhere. 9:02.

 

Link

This Riff ov the Week edition is sponsored by Iron Maiden, so we’re all winners. My vote goes for “Moonchild”, from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, in this moment my favorite record from La Doncella de Hierro. It’s a great example of how good this band is. The building up on a metal song and the creation of different sensations without relying in bombastic chorus and symphonies, just the core instruments and exploiting the characteristics of the powerhouse that is Bruce. Thanks Maiden bros, for continue inspiring! Riff: 1:57.

 

Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nip

Iron Maiden has so many classic riffs to choose from. Here’s one of my favorites. Main riff @ 1:45.

 

Paris Hilton

I consider myself quite versed in the art of jamming to Maiden, as well as the art of jamming to tunes that use one riff to carry an entire song (such as “Walk” by Pantera or “Symphony of Destruction”). “Wrathchild” from Killers gives me the best of both worlds! This bumping bassline compliments the guitar work to give this song that UMPH it needs! Although I like all Maiden albums, I prefer their older stuff when they had a drunken Judas Priest fan in a sleeveless shirt headbanging vibe to them. When they focused on the rock rather than how epic they can make their songs. 15 fucking minutes for one song!? I don’t got time for that shit!

 

Virgil the Ghost Poet

Hello everyone. This is my favorite Maiden song. Do I really need to put the time down? Enjoy.

 

SMOHLG

An Iron Maiden ROTW??? You’re gonna need a bigger locker for this one, folks! The thought of it all immediately made me want to gargle the balls of “Aces High”, but being the posevr extraordinaire that I am, I went a different route. Not only does TTLBLAH feature my favorite vocal performance by Bruce, but it has some super simple and super awesome riffs. Look for them at the opening and @ 6:20 when the song goes in for the finale (note: have a fresh set of undies for when the solo kicks in).

 

Randall Thor

Every Maiden riff is better than everyone else’s riffs. Fact. If you don’t vote for every single person on this ROTW, you are a false. To re-iterate this fact, listen to the guitar/bass work on the verse (or really, the whole song) for this track. If you think you’re better than Maiden, pick up that guitar or bass and try learning this song. You will either fail miserably or have the time of your life playing some of the best and most fun music ever written.

 

Jimmy McNulty

First of all, The Trooper is overrated. Okay let’s go to their second album Killers, to a song that starts — and ends — as a ballad. But that middle section! Thrashy, punky, NWOBHMy goodness. P.S. Fuck modern Paul Dianno! 2:23. [Do note: This song is not from Killers and Mcnulty is a poserhack. — Masterlord].

 

Scrimm

I’m a jackass and forgot all about this until the last minute and knew some of the ones I would pick had already been taken, but I’m glad to go with one a little less obvious. I could have went with one of their signature gallops but instead I’m going for one with a different feel. Starts when the guitars do but it’s better in the chorus.

 

Jay Alan Goodwin

The beginning riff and that which begins at about 30 seconds are so good that they’d make Iommi and Blackmore proud. Piece of Mind is stacked with nothing less than brilliant songs and musicianship but “Revelations” is worth the price of admission alone.

 

Simon Phoenix

As much as people shit on Blaze Bayley and his two albums, they have some excellent moments on them. For example, the riff at 1:58 of this song. The buildup with the clean guitar chords and Blaze calmly singing about the horrors of war sets the mood well, then BAM the riff comes in. Simple, bluesy, mid paced, and badass. It goes back to the clean guitar for a bit and then comes back in with a sweet solo behind it. No matter the quality of the singer or the songwriting or the production, Maiden always comes through with the riffs.

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start_date 14-12-2014 20:22:33
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  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    Ahmed wins. I love that song. Then again we all technically have the best riffs from the best band as they’ve never had a bad riff ever.

  • Scrimm

    The first riff I was thinking about going with was the same as Masterlord’s pick. Several others I would have considered are here as well. Good job people.

  • Scrimm

    Also, lolbuttz@James_Jimmy_Mcnulty:disqus

  • If you guys would’ve expanded this to band’s whose names have “iron” in them, I would’ve got in.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQmrChMHfr0

  • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin
  • KJM

    I went with Iron Lawnmower. Powerslave is just packed with riffy goodness and Murray’s solo is to die for. Seeing the World Slavery(Twisted Sister opened) tour was a high point of my lowly existence.

    • Oli Fucking Sykes, Son.

      I didn’t know they toured Westeros.

      • KJM

        Yep, Iron Maiden at the Iron Islands, even paid the Iron price for my ticket.

    • IronLawnmower

      You aren’t a poser. Even though I don’ t know wtf I was doing with my blurb.

  • I DON’T BELIEVE IN RIFFS.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Only breakdowns is real

  • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin
  • Oli Fucking Sykes, Son.

    This is probably the hardest one to choose, but Leif’s choice takes it for me.

  • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

    My vote goes to Link, well, because it’s Link!

  • KJM
  • Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo

    Still voting for Masterlord this week

  • This was the hardest choice I’ve ever made. I ultimately went with “Fear of the Dark” as it is my favorite Maiden song.

  • Oli Fucking Sykes, Son.

    Also @masterlordsteeldragon:disqus , seeing as there has been a whiff for this topic, why not a Metalcore, Deathcore, Post-Hardcore and (to make things slightly easier) Mathcore RotW.
    It will be a really hard one for everyone, and thats coming from someone who likes the genre… mostly.
    Also, if it does happen, exempt The Black Dahlia Murder and The Dillinger Escape Plan, don’t want to make things too easy.

    • I’m still picking up the shattered pieces of my shitty soul after nü-metal ROTW. I don’t know if I could handle it.

      • Oli Fucking Sykes, Son.

        Wow, it must be hard recovering from Seppuku, I’ll remove The Dillinger Escape Plan rule for your sake, if that’s not enough, I’ll understand.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        I still want a power ballad ROTW

        • Lacertilian

          ROTW WoTW

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Nope, power ballads rule

    • Void Dweller

      Wow.

  • Plot Twist: voting for Aces High

    • If this was for solos, yours would win. Best soloing of the band’s career.

  • KJM

    Want a really tough contest? Black Sabbath RoTW.

    • Oli Fucking Sykes, Son.

      Wow, that would be even tougher than my suggestion. Jesus KJM, have you seen a therapist, because you are either a masochist or a sadist.

    • Dagon

      Damn, son.

    • john

      Not sure it’d be tough, because the devil’s riff is basically the riff, of all riffs, of all time. How could it not win?

    • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

      Angra RoTW.

    • Hubert

      Black Sabbath though, that I like.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        So if Maiden is grandpa metal, wouldn’t that make Sabbath great grandpa metal?

        • Óðhinn

          Good point. Although, I suppose one could argue that Sabbath has a more timeless sound, whereas Maiden is more distinctively 80s. But yeah, Sabbath is the original Metal band, so it doesn’t get older than that.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      I would just find a You Tube video with every (true) Sabbath song in existence and submit that.

    • JW(E)G

      Tougher: Tony Martin-only Black Sabbath RoTW

      (this comment a.k.a. “why I’m glad I can’t see down-votes without effort”)

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        I’d love that. There’s so many choices.

    • No, make RoTW be from only new shit from toilet tuesday

      • EsusMoose

        From the week I saw that happen, yeah it can be the hardest due to lack of good new stuff

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        It’s been attempted and it failed miserably

    • Óðhinn
      • CyberneticOrganism

        GAH!

  • I deserve no votes for making that mistake. It’s inexcusable.

    • That’s a paddlin’

      Not knowing from which IM album you chose a song from.
      Now THAT’s a paddlin’

      • Oli Fucking Sykes, Son.

        Keep on saying ‘thats a paddlin’
        That certainly ISN’T a paddlin’

        • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

          I smell a paddlin’ contest!

          https://i.imgur.com/NnoGhN1h.jpg

          • KJM

            Is that New Jack? Sure looks like him.

          • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

            Nope, because is doesn’t involve stabbing people!

          • KJM
          • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin
          • KJM

            Seen him a bunch of times.

          • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

            Awesome! He’s the thinking man’s hip hop. Also tossing this on over. Think King 810 without the corny bro shit.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZQz4FQLjmw

          • KJM

            Good stuff, checking out more tracks.

          • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

            Youtube ‘KRS One anthology’.

          • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

            Youtube ‘KRS One anthology’.

          • more beer

            I saw him with Sick Of It All, and Burn. It was a crazy show to say the least.

          • KJM

            The first time was BDP with Chi Ali and some local crews opening at The Strand in Dorchester.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            Looks like him. Maybe he’s going to hit someone with that chair.

          • JamesGrimm

            not broken enough

          • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

            And not enough blunt objects and random weapons.

      • Oh I knew. It was a mistake because I changed my song mid-write-up.

      • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

        Oh, look above, I gave him worse than a paddlin’!

    • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

      As punishment, you get to hear this!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e8J9gDjUcs

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      We all make mistakes bb

  • john

    Oooooooh so many goddamn choices!

    Gotta go with the old school though. Dat Killers riff tho. TIMELESS.

    • Phoenix of the House Tendies

      I know. And still no fucks given. That riff is awesome and you can’t tell me otherwise.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        Here’s a proverb for you
        If a Maiden riff was played with Bayley singing and no one was around to hear it, was the riff actually written?

  • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

    The first cassette I ever bought. How did you guys forget this opening riff!?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_K6sl4jp3A

    • EsusMoose

      The Masterloaf didn’t

      • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

        DOH!!!!

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    iron maiden > msm and their agenda

    —-

    all large “racist” groups that are publicized on tv –in the united states—are controlled by the southern poverty law center (Clinton controlled lawyer group)–as shills

    tax payer funded—-yet also racists
    —-
    (both at once–full vol)
    -https://youtu.be/V4U07_4rvbM

    -https://youtu.be/y1QnW8thgJE

  • McNulty: I thought you had me with “Remember Tomorrow” which is perhaps my favorite Maiden tune, but you did not choose the correct riff. WTF is wrong with you today?

    JAG: See above, in r.e: “perhaps my favorite Maiden tune”. The riff you chose is pretty sweet, but that song is busting at the seams with better ones.

    Virgil: I love this song and perhaps would have voted for you if you’d selected a specific riff.

    Ellipsis: Nailed it. I forgot this song existed–and how much I love it. The riff you selected is not even close to the greatest Maiden riff of all time, but it is surely the greatest submitted for this contest.

    Richter: Shut up, asshole. Go back to bed.

    • Whatd I do wrong? Should I have picked the build up riff prior to my selection?

    • You’re absolutely right about Revelations IMO. Something about the ones I chose just seemed to fit the Purple/Sabbath legacy fairly well.

  • Dagon

    I voted for Paris.

    • Paris Hilton

      Early Maiden gets no love 🙁

      • KJM

        It gets plenty from me. It’s just that there’s so much classic material that some will get overlooked. Phantom Of The Opera is one of my top Maiden songs.

  • INDUBITABEARD

    I may abstain from voting this week

    • INDUBITABEARD

      I also had an idea for rotw: riffs with feedback

    • KJM

      Not a fan or difficult to choose?

      • INDUBITABEARD

        apathy?

  • OldMetalHead

    This is the first ROTW where I needn’t have listened to a single video. Well done Gentlemen. Well done.

  • There is not a single Iron Maiden album without at least one bad song on it.

    #SuicidalHonesty

    • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

      The Blaze days were stinkers. His solo stuff rules, though!

    • This is untrue and inflammatory.

      • You don’t scare me.

        (Don’t make me start listing all their shitty, shitty, shitty songs. I’ll do it. With a song in my heart. And not even an Iron Maiden song. Myah!)

    • KJM

      Exhibit A: 22 Acacia Avenue

      • Quest for Fire

        • KJM

          The Duelists

          • Paris Hilton

            The Duelists, especially! Holy shit is that song dumb lmfao

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Brucey boy going full nerd with his love of fencing. That song is the antithesis of metal

      • IronLawnmower

        Oh.

        • KJM

          Never cared for that song.

      • Scrimm

        Another favorite.

    • Well fuck it, you guys started the list for me, might as well complete it. This list of terrible Maiden tunes was compiled using only those albums which I consider to be Canonical: from Iron Maiden to Fear of the Dark (after which point it is no longer necessary to pay any more attention to this band). In chronological order:

      Sanctuary
      Strange World
      Wrathchild
      Another Life
      Innocent Exile
      Twilight Zone
      Drifter (Yeah pretty much half of Killers)
      Sun and Steel
      To Tame A Land
      Back in the Village
      Stranger in a Strange Land
      7th Son of a 7th Son
      The Prophecy
      PRETTY MUCH ALL OF NO PRAYER FOR THE DYING
      Fear is the Key
      Chains of Misery
      The Apparition

      Fin.

      • KJM

        The only ones I agree with are everything from The Prophecy onward. I don’t really care much about any of their stuff after 7th Son.

      • Scrimm

        Some of my favorites are on that list!

      • My ignorance of Maiden begins after Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. It’s not that everything after it sucks, but rather that the first seven are enough and they’ve done more at that point than should be reasonably expected of any great heavy metal band.

        Edit: Killers is an amazing album and even holds up well today. Dafuq’s-a-matter wit choo? 😉

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        “PRETTY MUCH ALL OF NO PRAYER FOR THE DYING” would be correct. That albums existence makes me angry

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

    My favorite riff is in “Wasted Years” so I had to vote for my second favorite riff, “Fear of the Dark.”

  • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

    Link gets my vote. I’m not a giant Maiden guy, but any song from my favorite album by them gets my vote.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFLVSxc8nVA

    • #Shabubu2015! Surrender, posers. We’re in the house >:)

  • Paris,

    I wanted to let you know that you have my vote. All these other posers have voted incorrectly!

    GL

  • Hubert

    I go to the Toilet ov Hell, expecting some great metal riffs, and all I see is grandpa metal! What is this!?

      • KJM

        Indeed.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        This is the greatest comeback ever

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Ha ha ha lolz

      • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

        Close thread, we already have a winner! Be sure to turn off the lights behind you.

    • KJM

      Watch it or we’ll turn you into goat curry.

    • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

      Sure beats dad rock though!

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        Shabubu plz!

    • Conans paradise

      • KJM

        That would be a Rush RoTW(not a bad idea really).

        • Maik Beninton

          I would try to be the first one to send Tom Sawyer.

          • KJM

            Tom Sawyer = The Trooper = HELL NO

        • These kids (who coincidentally are on our collective lawns) wouldn’t know how to play…

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        Peter Neal now

      • JW(E)G

        Something something ‘lamentations of their Women’…

    • Zeke

      Right on Hubert! I’m not wasting my time listening to this Eddie Trunk shit! W gets my vote by default because he introduced me to Shrinebuilder last week and i didn’t vote for him then

      • The W.

        I like you.

        • Zeke

          Well I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that our doofiest ex-president has good taste in stoner doom

          • Óðhinn

            I have to second W’s taste in music. The man knows his shit.

        • Flattery will get a person everywhere.

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        Zeke plz! Eddie Trunk is my lord and savior!

      • Óðhinn

        Eddie Trunk should be killed.

    • “Grandpa metal” >>>>>>>>>> “RAAAAAAR(I sound exactly like every other vocalist in this oversaturated sub-genre!”)metal.

  • Maik Beninton

    Voted for Shrimp, that was hard to choose.
    If I had submitted one that would be this, the chorus riff is one of the catchiest they have done:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm1qg9IVvtc

    • Paris Hilton

      Maiden opened with song when I saw em! It’s an underrated hidden gem!

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        All new era Maiden is under rated. For me they’re my favourite Maiden albums. The early stuff has the classics but the newer stuff are more complete albums with no filler

        • Paris Hilton

          Final Frontier had some filler I felt, but other than that I totally agree! An example of a complete, comprehensive album is A Matter of Life and Death. I fucking love that album even though it’s critically disliked. Fuck the critics man!

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            I almost submitted For The Greater Good Of God. That fucking song is so epic.

          • Grease Sells… But Who’s Frying

            Totally agree with you and Paris.

            Brighter Than A Thousand Suns would be my pick of reformed Maiden…

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox0S0A3qt4U

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Bruces off time singing throws me off in the opening verses of that one, but geez it finishes off strongly

  • Coolstorybro

    AFRAID!! AFRAID TO SHOOT STRANGEEEEERS

  • KJM

    To all you Maiden non-believers out there, I give you…A BOOT TO THE HEAD!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFldBVWFgWo

  • KJM

    Looks like Masterpants is gonna be a happy camper this week.

  • Paris Hilton

    Dance of Death (both the album and song) are criminally underrated! I was gonna pick 2 Minutes To Midnight because that opening riff is so fucking tasty, but I thought it would have been taken for sure! I’m highly surprised it’s not in here actually!

    • EsusMoose

      I had expected the opening to Hallowed Be Thy Name to have been chosen, but maybe everyone is a poseur and/or thought it was already taken.

  • Phoenix of the House Tendies

    Lol I already knew my submission would get no votes cause peeps hate Bayley that much. It is what it is.

    I vote for Dubs because sometimes simple is best and that opening riff gets me pumped. But you really can’t go wrong with any of these cause Maiden.

  • nbm02ss

    “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is my absolute favorite Iron Maiden song ever, so it was an easy choice for me.

  • I can’t believe no one posted Hallowed Be Thy Name

    • Scrimm

      Me either.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      One of those where everyone else probably assumed that someone else would have submitted it and in the end no one did. I know that’s what I thought and in the end submitted a song that I had to share credit for.

    • Guppusmaximus

      I thought the selections from Powerslave were too obvious. I’ve always thought that “Flash of the Blade” or “The Duelists” had cooler riffs, imho. “Flash” showing off the influence of “The Prisoner” (which would be another pick). My counter to “Hallowed” would be “Children of the Damned” – That chorus has epic riffage.

    • Óðhinn
  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    I voted for Randall, but really, everyone is a winner this week. Except for the 2 that didn’t read the t’s & c’s and submitted non Maiden riffs (I’m looking at you Ahmed & Simon :P)

  • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin
  • KJM
    • Guppusmaximus

      Gawd… those vocals completely ruin this decent riff.

      • KJM

        I’m not a fan of Black/Death Metal style vocals so I’m cool with it.

        • Guppusmaximus

          Not looking for Black / Death Metal vocals just a singer with some real power & range. Nowadays, it seems like the vocalist doesn’t have to project because they just lower the volume levels for all the other instruments when they engineer this stuff.

          Edit: That and I still can only hear the mighty King Diamond’s voice in my head when I hear anything from Ghost…

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-yYG00Nr8I

          • KJM

            I’ve seen them live a few times and Papa does a great job in concert. I agree about the whole loudness thing though.

          • Guppusmaximus

            Fair enough… I don’t think they are terrible musicians. I wouldn’t see them live because I’m not a fan, but, to each their own. I guess I was just pumped to hear a fairly epic & heavier riff from them considering I always thought they sounded like a rip on The Blue Oyster Cult. Just my .02

          • KJM

            Can’t ask for a more fair opinion than that. I’m a big early B.O.C. fan so it works for me. I’d love to hear them do a cover of ‘Deadline’.

          • Guppusmaximus

            I’ll play the far less knowledgeable BOC fan that I am and request a cover of “Don’t fear the Reaper”…

          • KJM

            Their 1st 4 albums(including ‘Agents of Fortune’ where ‘Reaper’ comes from) are excellent. After that the quality dropoff begins with the exception of ‘Fire Of Unknown Origin’ (featuring ‘Burning For You’ among other great tracks).

          • Guppusmaximus

            So my task of catching up isn’t so daunting after all. However, I was just listening to the album ‘Club Ninja’ and some of those tracks weren’t too bad. Probably because I am very forgiving towards all kinds of 80’s cheese:)

          • KJM

            ‘Wings wetted down’, ‘Career of evil’, and ‘Screams’ are good songs that fit the criteria. ‘Revenge of Vera Gemini'(w/lyrics by Patti Smith) is a good one as well. Their best 80s cheese song is ‘shooting shark'(w/more lyrics by Patti) which was their last big hit.

          • Guppusmaximus

            Fantastic…Thanks! Oddly enough, as you just replied I am listening to Shooting Shark. I feel like Crockett & Tubbs are gonna come blasting through my door any minute now…lol. Donald definitely had his finger to the pulse of that time. It’s a shame that he was easily lead, imho.

          • KJM
  • Óðhinn

    It will be nice to go back to the no Iron Maiden rule next week. I like Iron Maiden, up to and including Powerslave (like any proper Metal fan), but we all know what they sound like. Riff of the Week is better with newer stuff that allows us to explore new sounds. No need to over-saturate our ears with Iron Maiden on a weekly basis.

  • Disgustache

    Fucking love Maiden, but I don’t like the Blaze Bailey era at all.