Back from the Edge

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"Back from the Edge"
Single by Bruce Dickinson
from the album Skunkworks
B-side "I'm in a Band With an Italian Drummer"
Released 7 March 1996
Genre Heavy metal, Grunge
Length 4:28
Label EMI
Writer(s) Bruce Dickinson,
Alex Dickson
Bruce Dickinson singles chronology
"Shoot All the Clowns"
"Back from the Edge"
"Accident of Birth"

"Back from the Edge" is the first and only single released to promote Bruce Dickinson's third solo studio album, Skunkworks, released on 7 March 1996. The single peaked at number 68 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Back From The Edge" – 4:19
  2. "Rescue Day" – 4:11
  3. "God's Not Coming Back" – 2:19
  4. "Armchair Hero" – 2:43

"I'm in a Band With an Italian Drummer"[edit]

"I'm in a Band With an Italian Drummer" is an ironic/spoof rock song by Bruce Dickinson, first issued as the b-side of "Back from the Edge" (only on its 7-inch vinyl format), and subsequently released on the second disc of the 2001 The Best of Bruce Dickinson compilation album.

It was written by bassist Chris Dale, who was in Dickinson's short-lived backing band for that album, also named Skunkworks. The song's instrumentation features funny breaks with lots of deliberately off-beat electronic drum machine effects, each occurring immediately after the line "...and when he plays his drums it sounds like this".[2] The lyrics, which (unusually for Dickinson) are composed of rapped verses and sung choruses, are an ironic portrait of the band's drummer Alessandro Elena, who is "really Italian" - as a line in the lyrics defines him - and feature most of the clichés commonly associated with the way Italians are perceived outside of Italy, in the Italians Do It Better style.[3]

The song's end was spoken by the drummer in a Sicilian language (starting with a line in heavily inflected, "Italianized" English and then going straight into dialect) and features him complaining about his complete lack of understanding of what Dickinson is singing, all spiced up with "colourful" Italian and Sicilian language expressions.[citation needed]


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
UK Singles Chart[1] 68


  1. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Bruce Dickinson". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  2. ^ The Best of Bruce Dickinson, CD 2, track 11.
  3. ^ "Including a translation of the spoken bit at the end". Retrieved 2012-08-08. 

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