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Best Eddie

Discussion in 'Maiden Chat' started by LooseCannon, Jun 22, 2017.

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  1. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    77. Wildest Dreams (Greenhalgh)
    Overall: 3.62/10

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    What am I supposed to say about this? It's a dated CGI Eddie, literally a screen capture from the video. The Eddie is fine, I guess, for what it is. Not sure why his collarbone is exposed. It just looks horribly out of date and cartoonish, but not in a good cartoon way. I got nothing else, guys. Eddie's wearing a top hat, but not the rest of a tux.

    Your votes:
    10: 0
    9: 0
    8: 2
    7: 5
    6: 5
    5: 7
    4: 8
    3: 7
    2: 17
    1: 7

    Overall Rankings:
    77 - Wildest Dreams - single - Greenhalgh
    78 - Virus - single - Unknown
    79 - Dance of Death - album - Patchett
    80 - Lord of the Flies - single - Syme
    81 - Futureal - single - Synthetic Dimensions
    82 - Virus, first alternate - single - Unknown
    83 - Ed Hunter - compilation album - Synthetic Dimensions
    84 - The Angel and the Gambler - single - Synthetic Dimensions
     
  2. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    76. Best of the B-Sides (Wilkinson)
    Overall: 3.66/10

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    The lowest-ranked fully hand-drawn cover, and for a good reason. It looks like Eddie is in the front of a bus, and he is mooning out of it. You know, I hate that I have to look at this longer than a heartbeat to analyze it. It's not particularly funny - mooning people is a type of insult that has gone out with the dodo in modern humour - but graphically there's some serious WTFs. Like, for example, the Best of the B Sides logo. Why is the font just an outline? At least you can read it, but it looks weird. Why does Eddie have Up The Irons tattooed on his buttocks, and why has the tattoo not mummified with the rest of his flesh? But most importantly...why is his belt so small, and why does it disappear on the right hand side of the...well..the buttocks? Just weird, bad idea, worse execution.

    Your votes:
    10: 1
    9: 0
    8: 0
    7: 7
    6: 6
    5: 8
    4: 5
    3: 9
    2: 8
    1: 14

    Overall Rankings:
    78 - Best of the B-Sides - compilation album - Wilkinson
    77 - Wildest Dreams - single - Greenhalgh
    78 - Virus - single - Unknown
    79 - Dance of Death - album - Patchett
    80 - Lord of the Flies - single - Syme
    81 - Futureal - single - Synthetic Dimensions
    82 - Virus, first alternate - single - Unknown
    83 - Ed Hunter - compilation album - Synthetic Dimensions
    84 - The Angel and the Gambler - single - Synthetic Dimensions
     
  3. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    LC, are you sure the second Virus image isn't by Hugh Syme. Relevant because he's known to lazily paste cheap sprites into recycled images for his album artwork submissions, which explains why Virus looks like a cheap cut and paste job.
     
  4. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    I'm honestly not sure who made it. That's why it said Unknown. I don't have the liner notes nor could I find them during my initial research.
     
  5. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    I have a physical copy of it, will check when I'm home
     
  6. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Come to the Sabbath

    Virus, second alternate - This one I didn't rank either, being an alternate, but I like it about the same as the first alternate - around 6 - 8/10.

    Wildest Dreams - #74: Absolute shite. I really like Wildest Dreams, but both the single cover and the music video can die. Second-lowest ranking on my list (out of 75), it only beats Live!! +one, which isn't included on her, so we'll skip over that crap. 2/10.

    Best of the 'B' Sides - #67: Fuckin' hell. 2.5/10.
     
  7. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    CD is uncredited, but the Commentary says it's Hugh Syme and even links to the original image:
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    Also went on to Hugh Syme's website and found this HQ version of The X Factor without the logos, pretty cool:

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  8. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide Domini canis

    WTF?

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    Is this real? Mind, Endeavor is from 2005, so did Syme actually offer the same picture to Maiden and then to Nevermore ten years later?
     
  9. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    That's what he does. I believe the clown on the tightrope from A Dramatic Turn of Events was also recycled from somewhere.
     
  10. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    75. The X Factor - alternate (Syme)
    Overall: 3.72/10

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    I have to admit, this actually looks pretty cool in some ways. I like it much better than the very similar "Lord of the Flies" cover. But, there's still some weird graphical stuff. I'm not sold on the lighting and you can see the dividing line between the two sheets that form what is supposed to be a window, where they're improperly aligned. For what Maiden paid for their cover, surely they could have gotten something better than that. Still not a fan of the Iron Maiden font plate here. It's...it's okay. It's not good.

    Your votes:
    10: 1
    9: 0
    8: 2
    7: 4
    6: 6
    5: 9
    4: 6
    3: 7
    2: 13
    1: 10

    Overall Rankings:
    75 - The X Factor, alternate - Syme
    76 - Best of the B-Sides - compilation album - Wilkinson
    77 - Wildest Dreams - single - Greenhalgh
    78 - Virus, second alternate - single - Syme
    79 - Dance of Death - album - Patchett
    80 - Lord of the Flies - single - Syme
    81 - Futureal - single - Synthetic Dimensions
    82 - Virus, first alternate - single - Unknown
    83 - Ed Hunter - compilation album - Synthetic Dimensions
    84 - The Angel and the Gambler - single - Synthetic Dimensions
     
  11. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    74. Run to the Hills - Rock in Rio single (unknown)
    Overall: 3.90/10

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    This is another one of those times where I question your judgement. This is garbage. I don't even know where to start, so I'm just going to say this is garbage, it's a shit idea and I'm glad they've never decided to do something like it again. Terrible Eddie-head superimposed on a colour-changed Bruce body. Great.

    Your votes:
    10: 0
    9: 1
    8: 1
    7: 3
    6: 8
    5: 8
    4: 12
    3: 8
    2: 11
    1: 6

    Overall Rankings:
    74 - Run to the Hills, Rock in Rio - single - Unknown
    75 - The X Factor, alternate - Syme
    76 - Best of the B-Sides - compilation album - Wilkinson
    77 - Wildest Dreams - single - Greenhalgh
    78 - Virus, second alternate - single - Syme
    79 - Dance of Death - album - Patchett
    80 - Lord of the Flies - single - Syme
    81 - Futureal - single - Synthetic Dimensions
    82 - Virus, first alternate - single - Unknown
    83 - Ed Hunter - compilation album - Synthetic Dimensions
    84 - The Angel and the Gambler - single - Synthetic Dimensions
     
  12. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    I always thought that dividing line was part of the electric chair device, not the window.

    Either way, it's nowhere near as bad as that Run to the Hills cover. Pure garbage.
     
  13. srfc

    srfc Educated Fool

    It is, you can see clearly enough on the LP, it connects into something like a box on the wall
     
  14. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Come to the Sabbath

    The X Factor, alternate - Again, it's an alt so I didn't include it, but I do like this one a lot. About the same as Lord of the Flies. Well, they are similar, of course. About a 7 or 8.

    Run To The Hills, Rock In Rio single - #64: A terrible idea, but it's not ALL that bad. Still very low though. And released with RTTH? Da fuq?? 3/10.
     
  15. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    I agree that's a really lazy cover this way, but I'm not sure how dated it is... it holds up better than the Ed Hunter covers, which, whisper it, are merely five years older.

    I agree the execution is horrible, but I appreciate the cheeky interpretation of "B-Side".

    I bought the album because of that cover, so it worked. I guess they thought that re-using one of three covers of a ten-year-old single from the low point of heavy metal popularity would go by unnoticed - and it did, more or less. I don't remember any outrage, merely a pointing out here or there on this board.

    Not sure why you dislike the Maiden name plate so much. I admit it's not always very well placed, but the idea itself is pretty neat. It's one of the items I could imagine having custom made, next to the t-shirt that Nicko was wearing at the time, saying "Eddie would go". It's just nice, angsty nineties cheese. I like this particular cover for what it is, too.

    It would have been cool had it been a painting. I like the idea of Eddie dressing up as Bruce. I guess they just couldn't be arsed to put any kind of effort into the cover of a charity single.
     
  16. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    I'm not a big fan of the execution of this cover, that's for sure - a lot should have been done, including putting more shading and texture on the figures, so that the midget doesn't look like it's floating, for example. But one thing I always thought may have been deliberate is the twisted anatomy. It's like you're being invited to a surrealistic dance, and only on second glance you see that all the people there aren't quite human, but twisting and turning their bodies like some grotesque demons. The problem is that so much of the artwork is unfinished that this appears like a glitch too - when maybe it's not.
    But I agree, this cover could and should have been so much better. It's an excellent theme, and it could have been developed much further than it was. It could have spawned a number of great single covers and such as well.
     
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  17. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    I thought we were voting for actual Eddie rather than artwork overall.
     
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  18. MrKnickerbocker

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    Yeah, same here. I think we still were, there's just more to be discussed in regards to the overall artwork.

    Personally, I find the Dance of Death Eddie to be pretty simplistic yet cool, whereas the cover as a whole is terrible.
     
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  19. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Same here. I don't remember how I voted, but I probably gave more leeway to stuff like Dance of Death. It's a bad cover but the Eddie is ok.
     
  20. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Yes, I think that is what I asked. It's clearly not what people did.
     

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