Originally Posted by Yachtzee
I've always been a big fan of Iron Maiden and felt they don't really get their due when it comes to airplay on the radio. I often wondered if it was because people really misunderstood "The Number of the Beast" and felt they were too "satanic." I've always felt they were one of the more intellectual metal acts from the 1980s, much more interesting than popular hair bands like Motley Crue, Poison, Def Leppard and the like. But then again, maybe people just prefer songs about sex, booze and drugs rather than the story of Icarus and Daedelus, the Charge of the Light Brigade, the Doomsday Clock, European Colonization of America, the Battle of Britain, Edgar Allan Poe, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Unfortunately, I believe that many judged Iron Maiden unfairly based on the Album cover artwork. It is a shame.
As for airplay, I also recall Sanctuary
and 2 Minutes To Midnight
receiving significant airplay, as well. Surprisingly, Run To The Hills
didn't chart on the Top Rock Tracks Chart at all, and no such chart existed when Sanctuary
was released. The Wicker man clocked in at #19 and 2 Minutes to Midnight at #25.