i would love to lie and say that i am their biggest fan, but, i'm not. i just have always found their mascot, EDDIE, to be.. rather.. striking..
This is EDDIE.
at first glance, i thought EDDIE was a SHE, a la
still effing scary
aside from invoking Edvard Munch's haunting painting "The Scream",
..upon further inspection, the renowned mascot made me also think- ZOMBIE
the band's art reinforces this.. the art above especially. THIRD Eye, CYBORG, sphinxes.. seems like the guys in Iron Maiden were on some shit. with just a little research, i could already see that Iron Maiden was a band who's art was misunderstood in its time..
ABOVE is the cover art for Iron Maiden's 1982 album "The Number Of The Beast".. notice that the DEVIL is not only holding a small puppet, but is Actually a PUPPET HIMSELF.. a puppet of the undead.. interesting. i was born in 1982, and this was the THIRD album.. Iron Maiden has, all in all, released a grand total of THIRTY-SIX albums..
in typical fashion, the conservative talking heads and the religious right got all fussy, pulling the SATANISM card and burning things..
"The album was strongly criticised by social conservatives – especially in the U.S., where the band were accused of being Satanists. Public burnings of the band's catalogue were organised, although some religious groups smashed the records with hammers, for fear of inhaling fumes from burning vinyl. Harris has stated, "it was mad. They completely got the wrong end of the stick. They obviously hadn't read the lyrics. They just wanted to believe all that rubbish about us being Satanists." As a result, The Beast on the Road tour was subject to numerous boycotts and demonstrations: venues were sometimes surrounded by activists who handed out leaflets and, in one case, a 25-foot cross was carried in protest."
here's a picture of Iron Maiden chillin with MARGARET THATCHER-
aaaand here's the cover art for Iron Maiden's second single -ever- "Sanctuary"
and Yes, that is First Female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, murdered..
"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."
..apparently due to a fatal knife wound inflicted by a ZOMBIE named EDDIE
..you can probably see where this is going..
i hadn't noticed until now that IRON MAN's armor is colored RED and GOLD
i've already written plenty about the goddess and her robot, but after Jake's latest, this scene from ROBOTS seems especially relevant..