The Evil That Men Do (song)

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"The Evil That Men Do"
Single by Iron Maiden
from the album Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
B-side "Prowler '88"
"Charlotte the Harlot '88"
Released 1 August 1988 (UK)
13 August 1988 (US)
Format CD single
Vinyl record
Picture disc (cut-to-shape)
Recorded 1987
Genre Heavy metal
Length 4:33
Label EMI
Writer(s) Adrian Smith
Bruce Dickinson
Steve Harris
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"Can I Play with Madness"
(1988)
"The Evil That Men Do"
(1988)
"The Clairvoyant"
(1988)

"The Evil That Men Do" was released in 1988 by Iron Maiden. It is the band's seventeenth single and the second from their Seventh Son of a Seventh Son album. The single debuted at number six in the UK charts and quickly rose to number five . The single's B-sides are re-recordings of "Prowler" and "Charlotte the Harlot" which appear as tracks number one and seven/eight respectively on the band's debut album Iron Maiden.

The title of the song is taken from Marcus Antonius's speech while addressing the crowd of Romans after Caesar's murder (Act 3, scene 2, "The Forum") in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: "The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones." Bruce Dickinson may sometimes repeat this before playing the song, but in reverse (as he did in Rock in Rio). However, the poetic lyrics of the song are unrelated to this.

The guitar solo in "The Evil That Men Do" is played by Adrian Smith while the guitar solo in "Prowler '88" is played by Dave Murray. In "Charlotte the Harlot '88", the first guitar solo is played by Dave Murray followed by Adrian Smith.

The music video was filmed at The Forum in Inglewood, CA, during the Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour in 1988.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Evil That Men Do" (Smith, Dickinson, Harris) – 4:33
  2. "Prowler '88" (Harris) – 4:07
  3. "Charlotte the Harlot '88" (Dave Murray) – 4:11

Covers[edit]

Versions[edit]

Songs Country & Year Catalog Number Format
The Evil that Men Do / Prowler '88 Germany 1988 EMI 006 20 2751 7 Single 7"
The Evil that Men Do / Prowler '88 Japan Promo 1988 EMI PRP-1315 Single 7"
The Evil that Men Do / Prowler '88 UK 1988 EMI EM 64 Black Labels Single 7"
The Evil that Men Do / Prowler '88 UK 1988 EMI EM 64 Silver Labels Single 7"
The Evil that Men Do / Prowler '88 UK 1988 EMI EMG 64 Gatefold Sleeve Single 7"
The Evil that Men Do / Prowler '88 / Charlotte the Harlot '88 EEC 1988 EMI K60 20 2773 6 Maxi Single 12"
The Evil that Men Do / Prowler '88 / Charlotte the Harlot '88 Greece 1988 EMI 052 2027736 Maxi Single 12"
The Evil that Men Do / Prowler '88 / Charlotte the Harlot '88 Italy 1988 EMI 14 2027736 Maxi Single 12"
The Evil that Men Do / Prowler '88 / Charlotte the Harlot '88 Portugal 1988 EMI 2027736 Maxi Single 12"
The Evil that Men Do / Prowler '88 / Charlotte the Harlot '88 UK 1988 EMI 12 EM 64 Maxi Single 12"
The Evil that Men Do / Prowler '88 UK 1988 EMI EMP 64 Shaped Picture Disc
The Evil that Men Do / Prowler '88 / Charlotte the Harlot '88 Japan 1988 EMI CDE12-5740 CD Single
The Evil that Men Do / Prowler '88 / Charlotte the Harlot '88 UK 1988 EMI CDEM 64 CD Single

Personnel[edit]

Production credits are adapted from the 7 inch vinyl,[1] 12 inch vinyl,[2] and picture disc covers.[3]

Iron Maiden
Production

Chart performance[edit]

Single Chart (1988) Peak
position
Album
"The Evil That Men Do" Dutch Singles Chart 23[4] Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Irish Singles Chart 4[5]
Norwegian Singles Chart 7[6]
UK Singles Chart 5[7]
Single Chart (1990) Peak
position
Album
"Can I Play with Madness / The Evil That Men Do" UK Albums Chart[note 1] 10[8]

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. ^ "The Evil That Men Do" 7 Inch Single (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 1 August 1988. 
  2. ^ "The Evil That Men Do" 12 Inch Single (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 1 August 1988. 
  3. ^ "The Evil That Men Do" Picture Disc Single (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 1 August 1988. 
  4. ^ "Iron Maiden - 'The Evil That Men Do'". MegaCharts. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Irish Charts Archive". IRMA. irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Iron Maiden - 'The Evil That Men Do'". VG-lista. Norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive 20 August 1988". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Top 40 Official Albums Chart UK Archive 21 April 1990". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 October 2011.