It’s Friday the 13th. The unluckiest day of the year… or so they say. In light of this dreadful date, let’s keep things dreary with a look at the evil and eerie. Iron Maiden is one band that knows how to cause fright in the night (and frankly, in the daytime too). So give a watch to their videos for “The Number Of The Beast” and “Can I Play With Madness” and vote to decide which song deserves the title Most Superstitious, Vicious and Frightening.
Iron Maiden “The Number Of The Beast” – This song was released in 1982 and caused its fair share of controversy in the good ole’ red, white and blue. Unsurprisingly, the religious subject matter pissed off a lot of groups, but Iron Maiden wasn’t too worried about ruffling a few feathers. According to Steve Harris, the writer of the song, it was actually inspired by the horror movie Damien: Omen II – so we can just call this song cinematic commentary, right? And obviously, we have to give recognition to Bruce Dickinson’s gnarly wail at the end of the song. It’s chilling to the core and absolutely awesome.
Iron Maiden “Can I Play With Madness” – This single was released in 1988, off the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son album. It was originally a ballad titled “On the Wings of Eagles” but apparently that didn’t stick. The music video is set at Tintern Abbey and Chislehurst Caves, and features the ever-endearing Monty Python vet, Graham Chapman. Chapman plays a cranky professor who chastises his students for drawing the Iron Maiden mascot instead of the boring task assigned. Needless to say, things end badly for the nutty professor. Fun fact? Footage from “The Number of the Beast” music video is featured in this video. Pretty meta stuff, ey?