Electric Eye (song)

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"Electric Eye"
Single by Judas Priest
from the album Screaming for Vengeance
Released 1982
Recorded 1982
Genre Heavy metal
Length 3:39
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Rob Halford
K. K. Downing
Glenn Tipton
Producer(s) Tom Allom
Judas Priest singles chronology
"(Take These) Chains"
(1982)
"Electric Eye"
(1982)
"Freewheel Burning"
(1983)
Screaming for Vengeance track listing
"The Hellion"
(1)
"Electric Eye"
(2)
"Riding on the Wind"
(3)

"Electric Eye" is a song by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, from their 1982 album Screaming for Vengeance, and released as a single later that year. It has become a staple at concerts, usually played as the first song.

Benediction and Helloween, amongst many other bands, have covered this song.

Musically, the song is in the key of E minor, and its guitar solo is played by Glenn Tipton.

"Electric Eye" is featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories for PSP and PlayStation 2. It is also a playable track in Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s as a master track, including "The Hellion", and it also appears on Guitar Hero Smash Hits. Additionally, it is available for download on Rock Band, as of 22 April 2009, as part of the entire Screaming for Vengeance album download, or as a single song. It was also featured in the second trailer for the video game Brütal Legend. [1]

This song is referenced in the movie Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, in the song "Break in-City (Storm the Gate!)".

"Electric Eye" is an allusion to the book Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, in the use of the name of the pseudo-omniscient satellite that watches over the community at all times. In this dystopia, the form of government, Ingsoc (Newspeak for English Socialism), is utterly totalitarian, and if citizens are caught rebelling in any manner, they "disappear". The song has been called "prescient" for its depiction of a modern surveillance state.[2]

The song is usually played right after the album's intro "The Hellion" during live concerts. An exception is during the tour for the album Demolition, in which the band went straight into "Electric Eye" with no intro, which can be heard on their live album Live in London. "The Hellion" was recently used for a commercial for the 2011 Honda Odyssey.

The song was played live at the 2011 Revolver Magazine Golden God Awards show by Duff McKagan's Loaded, with vocals by Slipknot and Stone Sour's Corey Taylor and guitar by The Sex Pistols' Steve Jones.

"Electric Eye" was covered by the metalcore band As I Lay Dying from the compilation Decas, and was released as a single. The band made a music video for the song and was first available to stream via Noisecreep on 3 October 2011.

In his 2004 tribute album, Mirada Electrica: Tributo A Judas Priest, Arturo Huizar, a prominent pioneer of Mexican heavy metal, covered the song in Spanish with his band Lvzbel. The tribute album also includes other popular Judas Priest songs translated to Spanish. During live concerts, Huizar often switches between English and Spanish in the chorus.

The song was also covered in 2014 by Lissie and released on an EP album "Cry'in to You" and performs the songs on tour. 

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