Victims of the Future

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Victims of the Future
Studio album by Gary Moore
Released December 1983
Recorded October–November 1983
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 43:26
Label 10 Records (UK)
Mirage (US)
Virgin (Canada)
Producer Jeff Glixman
Gary Moore chronology
Dirty Fingers
(1983)
Victims of the Future
(1983)
We Want Moore!
(1984)
Alternative cover
Original North American Cover

Victims of the Future is an album by Northern Irish blues-rock guitarist, Gary Moore, released in 1983. Continuing his path in the hard rock genre, Victims of the Future was a collection of straight-out rock 'n' roll anthems (such as "Teenage Idol" and "Hold on to Love"), a mournful love ballad ("Empty Rooms", which then was redone by Moore for his 1985 Run for Cover album), a cover of the Yardbirds' "Shapes of Things", and two darker songs, with some social and political commentary: "Victims of the Future" and "Murder in the Skies", the latter being a protest against the Soviet Union's shooting down of Korean Air Flight 007.

The album was released in the US with a different cover and some changes to the content: The guitar intro for "Murder in the Skies" was removed, and "Devil in Her Heart" was added. "All I Want" was omitted from the LP, but included as a bonus track on the cassette version.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Gary Moore, except where noted.

Side one – UK release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Victims of the Future"   Moore, Neil Carter, Ian Paice, Neil Murray 6:13
2. "Teenage Idol"     4:07
3. "Shapes of Things"   Paul Samwell-Smith, Keith Relf, Jim McCarty 4:14
4. "Empty Rooms"   Moore, Neil Carter 6:36
Side two – UK release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Murder in the Skies"   Moore, Carter 7:17
2. "All I Want"     4:17
3. "Hold on to Love"     4:27
4. "Law of the Jungle"     6:15
Side one – US release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Victims of the Future"   Moore, Carter, Paice, Murray 6:13
2. "Teenage Idol"     4:07
3. "Devil in Her Heart"     3:29
4. "Empty Rooms"     6:36
5. "All I Want" (Cassette only)   4:17
Side two – US release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Shapes of Things"   Samwell-Smith, Relf, McCarty 4:14
2. "Murder in the Skies"     5:49
3. "Hold on to Love"     4:27
4. "Law of the Jungle"     6:15
CD release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Victims of the Future"   Moore, Carter, Paice, Murray 6:13
2. "Teenage Idol"     4:07
3. "Shapes of Things"   Samwell-Smith, Relf, McCarty 4:14
4. "Empty Rooms"     6:36
5. "Murder in the Skies"   Moore, Carter 7:17
6. "All I Want"     4:17
7. "Hold on to Love"     4:27
8. "Law of the Jungle"     6:15
2002 remastered CD bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "Devil in Her Heart"     3:29
10. "Blinder" (Instrumental) Craig Gruber 2:46
11. "Empty Rooms" (1984 remix) Moore, Carter 4:21

Singles[edit]

  • Hold on to Love (January 1984)
  • Shapes of Things To Come (March 1984)
  • Teenage Idol (1984)
  • Empty Rooms (August 1984)

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1984 UK 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. Victims of the Future at AllMusic