Listening Booth – Iron Maiden, “The Trooper”
What better way to end the week than with some classic metal? I played the hell out of this album (yes, on vinyl) when it came out and it’s still one of my favorites. Not so sure about the spandex, but it was the ’80s.
The inspiration for this song is a poem by Lord Alfred Tennyson called “The Charge of the Light Brigade“. The vintage movie footage you’ll see in the video comes from the 1936 movie of the same name, starring Errol Flynn. Both describe a famous battle during the Crimean War, during which the British managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against the Russian Empire.
Anyway, enough talk. Let’s headbang! It’s “The Trooper”, from Iron Maiden’s Piece of Mind album (1983).