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Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

Date: Jun 23 2008

Themes: Music, Pop Culture


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Heavy metal doesn’t have to be hard to listen to. In fact, many would argue that the greatest metal band of all time, Iron Maiden, makes downright beautiful music. It’s easy to make out the words as they’re sung in an operatic style, and the rhythm section sounds like a powerful horse. The guitars are distorted but clear and precise. The whole package is full of energy.

Iron Maiden has one of the most distinct sounds and looks of any band in history. They imitate no one and no one can fully imitate them. Even after almost three decades of making music, they remain one of the most popular bands in the world. But one particular place in the world loves Iron Maiden more than any other. Listen to Jason and Marni talk about it.


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Jason:  Do you know what the most popular band in South America is?

Marni:  Ah, the Ramones?

Jason:  Iron Maiden, maybe. I guess the Ramones might be more popular…

Marni:  The Ramones are very popular in Argentina. I know that.

Jason:  ...but I think their popularity may be [def ]waning[/def] since they can’t keep playing.

Marni:  Because they’re dead.

Jason:  But Iron Maiden only gets more and more popular on every tour they play.

Marni:  And rightfully so! They’re awesome!

Jason:  I know!

Marni:  “2 Minutes to Midnight”...

Jason:  Their music is so simple and corny, but it’s amazing.

Marni:  It’s amazing. His voice, that falsetto.

Jason:  Just the talent comes through.

Marni:  It does.

Jason:  And, I mean, things like guitar harmonies aren’t really all that difficult to come up with, it’s just major scale kind of stuff, but it just sounds so good!

Marni:  It sounds super good and I think worked for them so was they had the icon. They had Eddie and that’s just classic. Every kid that I hung out with in grade school had Eddie posters. I don’t even know if they loved Maiden or just loved Eddie, but, you know, he’s synonymous to me…

Jason:  He’s so distinct, as is their logo, that font they use. You can’t miss that.

Marni:  Yeah. It’s so good.

Jason:  But it’s amazing too. They never really had radio play and they still don’t have radio play and they get more popular all the time, even in the United States.

Marni:  That is really interesting because you think of bands like…I don’t know…not that they’re similar, but like Metallica or something that weren’t so popular with just an underground scene and they got radio play and they got huge and then…

Jason:  ...and now it’s sort of peaked.

Marni:  Exactly.

Jason:  But Iron Maiden does not peak. They’re still playing gigantic venues. 10,000+. It’s just a testament to whatever they’re doing right.

Marni:  They’re doing something right.



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Marni guesses that the most popular band in South America is the famous founders of fast punk rock, the Ramones. But Jason believes it’s Iron Maiden, who still play to giant stadiums there.

Like many people, the perfect, high-pitched vocals define Maiden’s sound to Marni. Jason points out that overall their music is relatively simple, but it showcases how talented the members of the group are as musicians.

And Iron Maiden’s mascot, Eddie, is as memorable as their music. Eddie is a 39591 that appears on many Iron Maiden album covers and shirts.

Another thing that makes Iron Maiden’s success so remarkable is that they do not rely on radio or television to keep them relevant. People just love them.

Is there a band you like that has really distinct artwork or a mascot? Who is more popular in your country, Iron Maiden or the Ramones?



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Great band, with great musicians! Listen to “The number of the beast” or “Hallowed be thy name” and you will be convinced of Dickinsons bombastical voice. And they are popular since beginning of the 80´s. I really love them!

01:26 PM May 01 2017 |



United States

amaazziiinnnggg band!!

03:46 AM Jul 20 2009 |




I have never listened to the songs of iron maiden.maybe oneday i hope that i get chance to admire their songs.

02:36 PM Jun 29 2008 |



where is the nusic?

04:31 AM Jun 28 2008 |



where is the nusic?

04:31 AM Jun 28 2008 |




Maiden, Maiden, Maiden!!!!

09:35 PM Jun 27 2008 |





01:31 PM Jun 27 2008 |


Hong Kong

 Althought i'm not their fun ,but i like some songs with they .so i think they're good for music.Laughing

03:23 PM Jun 26 2008 |



I like R&B. This is very cool musicLaughing

06:23 PM Jun 25 2008 |




Bruce Dickinson is a genius singer; Steve Harris is a master and excelent musician; Dave Murray is a god playing the guitar; Janick Gers is a tornado in stage; Adrian Smith is a virtuos and genius and Nicko McBrian is a beat that never stops…IRON MAIDEN RULES¡¡

11:16 PM Jun 24 2008 |

Mariangela Giuliane


i love iron maiden!!!
nice lesson!!!
the best of!!!

11:04 PM Jun 24 2008 |



i think Iron Mainden is one of the best heavy metal band around the world. I like Ramones too, but Iron Maiden RULES!!

09:45 PM Jun 24 2008 |




well, i am not fond of heavy metal type of music. i don’t even know iron maiden & ramones. But sometimes, i love listing to the cranberries w/c i think is similar to iron maiden’s type of songs based on how marni & jason described IM’s music. i don’t know if people here in the Philippines know iron maiden or ramones. nowadays, filipino bands dominates the airwaves than foreign bands.

06:47 PM Jun 24 2008 |




why there isn't just a song to give our ear a chance here?

02:35 PM Jun 24 2008 |




Nice rock bands! but of course i prefer Ramones!

11:23 AM Jun 24 2008 |


Russian Federation

Iron Maidan is the best band!!

07:22 AM Jun 24 2008 |




i want that movie

07:08 AM Jun 24 2008 |

munhozsonecaSuper Member!


I my opnion both are popular here in brazil !! I like more of the ramones than iron maiden !!!

 Punk Rock !!!

12:48 AM Jun 24 2008 |




I think this lesson was kinda poor, but one thing I have to agree with: Iron Maiden rocks!

11:35 PM Jun 23 2008 |




I think this lesson was kinda poor, but one thing I have to agree with: Iron Maiden rocks!

11:34 PM Jun 23 2008 |

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