Sanctuary (Iron Maiden song)

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"Sanctuary"
Single by Iron Maiden
from the album Iron Maiden
B-side "Prowler" (Dutch 12" only)
"Drifter" (live)
"I've Got The Fire" (live)
Released 16 May 1980
Recorded 1980
Genre Heavy metal
Length 3:13
Label EMI
Writer(s) Steve Harris
Paul Di'Anno
Dave Murray
Producer(s) Will Malone
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"Running Free"
(1980)
"Sanctuary"
(1980)
"Women in Uniform"
(1980)
Dutch 12" cover

"Sanctuary" is the second single released by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The single was released on 16 May 1980. The song was included in the US release of their debut album Iron Maiden but it was not included in the UK/European release. However, when the album was re-released in 1998 the song was restored in all territories.

History[edit]

The original mix of the song was recorded in November 1979 and originally appeared on the 1980 Metal for Muthas compilation, featuring several other artists associated with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal,[1] which the band recorded as a four-piece with Doug Sampson on drums.[2] Although the compilation was panned in Sounds, Iron Maiden's songs were praised, with their contributions being described as "raucous heavy metal/punk crossovers and tantalising tasters for their own forthcoming album."[3]

Already a regular in the band's live set, the "Sanctuary" single was released on 7" vinyl on 16 May during the UK leg of the Iron Maiden Tour.[4] This version of the song was recorded during the Iron Maiden album sessions, and, according to guitarist Dave Murray, "was ten times better than the original Metal for Muthas version."[5] The b-side includes two live songs recorded at the Marquee Club in London on 3 April 1980 - "Drifter" (which would feature on the band's next album, Killers) and a cover of Montrose's "I've Got the Fire".[6] The live version of "Drifter" includes a crowd interaction part where the audience is invited to follow the lead singer as he chants "Yo Yo Yo", which parodies The Police's "Walking on the Moon".[7] The single performed even better than their debut, "Running Free", entering the UK Singles Chart at No. 33 before peaking at No. 29 a week later.[5]

Although the song is credited to Murray, bassist Steve Harris and singer Paul Di'Anno, according to Metal Hammer contributor Dave Ling, the song was originally written by guitarist Rob Angelo, a member of Iron Maiden in 1977 who was paid £300 for the song's rights.[2]

Artwork and controversy[edit]

The cover art caused controversy for the band as it depicted their mascot, Eddie, wielding a knife while crouching over the corpse of then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.[8] The band's manager, Rod Smallwood, explained the artwork's concept: "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."[8] It was Smallwood himself who suggested to EMI that the cover be released with Thatcher's face censored "as this would give the tabloids an angle and draw attention to the single."[8]

The attempt to gain coverage proved successful, with the Daily Mirror running a story about the single, as well as publishing the uncensored artwork, on 20 May under the headline, "It's murder! Maggie gets rock mugging."[9] The Daily Record also published an article which deemed the cover "horrific," as well as included interviews with Young Scottish Conservatives who criticised the artwork of being "in very bad taste."[10]

Margaret Thatcher would also appear on the band's next single, "Women in Uniform", in which she is shown seeking revenge on Eddie with a machine gun.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sanctuary" (Iron Maiden) - 3:14
  2. "Prowler" (Steve Harris) - 3:52 (Dutch 12" only)
  3. "Drifter" (Live at the Marquee, London 3 April 1980) (Harris) - 6:03
  4. "I've Got the Fire" (Live at the Marquee, London 3 April 1980) (Ronnie Montrose; Montrose cover) - 3:14

Personnel[edit]

Production credits are adapted from the 7 inch vinyl cover.[6]

Iron Maiden
Production

Chart performance[edit]

Single Chart (1980) Peak
position
Album
"Sanctuary" UK Singles Chart 29[12] Iron Maiden
Single Chart (1990) Peak
position
Album
"Running Free / Sanctuary" UK Albums Chart[note 1] 10[13]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Re-release of both singles as part of The First Ten Years box set. Exceeded the length limit of the UK Singles chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wall, Mick (2004). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (3rd ed.). Sanctuary Publishing. p. 138. ISBN 1-86074-542-3. 
  2. ^ a b Ling, Dave (January 2001). "Liner Notes". Metal for Muthas. London. 
  3. ^ Wall, Mick (2004). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (3rd ed.). Sanctuary Publishing. p. 139. ISBN 1-86074-542-3. 
  4. ^ Bushell, Garry; Halfin, Ross (1985). Running Free, The Official Story of Iron Maiden (2nd ed.). Zomba Books. p. 73. ISBN 0-946391-84-X. 
  5. ^ a b Wall, Mick (2004). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (3rd ed.). Sanctuary Publishing. p. 147. ISBN 1-86074-542-3. 
  6. ^ a b Iron Maiden (16 May 1980). "Single credits". 'Sanctuary' 7 Inch Single Cover. EMI. 
  7. ^ Bushell, Garry; Halfin, Ross (1985). Running Free, The Official Story of Iron Maiden (2nd ed.). Zomba Books. p. 77. ISBN 0-946391-84-X. 
  8. ^ a b c Wall, Mick (2004). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (3rd ed.). Sanctuary Publishing. p. 148. ISBN 1-86074-542-3. 
  9. ^ Bushell, Garry; Halfin, Ross (1985). Running Free, The Official Story of Iron Maiden (2nd ed.). Zomba Books. p. 74. ISBN 0-946391-84-X. 
  10. ^ Bushell, Garry; Halfin, Ross (1985). Running Free, The Official Story of Iron Maiden (2nd ed.). Zomba Books. p. 76. ISBN 0-946391-84-X. 
  11. ^ Bushell, Garry; Halfin, Ross (1985). Running Free, The Official Story of Iron Maiden (2nd ed.). Zomba Books. p. 83. ISBN 0-946391-84-X. 
  12. ^ "Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive 14 June 1980". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive 24 February 1990". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 

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