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Discussion in 'Killers' started by Anonymous, Oct 9, 2003.


How good is Drifter on a scale of 1-10?

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  1. Collin

    Collin Jambi

    It's a great closer, this would have been a better song than Running Free to close a show with. I like everything about this song. The solo at the end is extremely atmospheric and among Maidens best.
    Don't kill me but 9/10

    Killers Rankings:
    1. Killers
    2. Drifters
    3. Prodigal Son
    4. Murders in the Rue Morgue
    5. Innocent Exile
    6. Wrathchild
    7. Purgatory
    8. Ides
    9. Another Life
    10. Genghis Kahn
    11. Twilight Zone
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2016
  2. Bombusbombus

    Bombusbombus Nomad

    A great live song. Not a great studio song.
    To me it's the most disappointing last song on any maiden album, they shouldn't have recorded it at all and just have the live versions on the singles as the only versions of it, it certainly works better there. It's not a complete disaster of course but I often just skip and ignore it.
  3. Pand

    Pand Ancient Mariner

    I don't understand how people can describe this as "boring". To me, it's quite an interesting track, with a few surprises if you haven't listened to it for a while. A good album closer, with a great solo at the end. Still, like most of Killers, it doesn't go beyond a 7/10.
  4. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    How good is Drifter on scale 1 to 10? No good. Fail on an otherwise excellent album. 3 for good intro and some good solos and that's about it.

    P.S. : whoops clicked 1 :D, so correct it to 3 please.
  5. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    @Zare You can change your own vote by clicking "change vote" up at the top!
  6. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    And I think this song is extremely underrated too. I seriously don't understand the hate. Sure the lyrics are kinda silly, but are the lyrics to Prowler that much better? Or Running Free?

    Anyway, I love how upbeat and happy sounding this song is after such a dark album in general. It's a great way to really end it. Makes the album feel more conclusive than some other Maiden albums. There's a lot of very cool stuff happening in the guitar department as well.

  7. Nick2632

    Nick2632 Nomad

    10/10. This is my favorite Maiden song from the early days. Some of my very favorite solos on it. Of course the live performances are where this one comes to life, which I don't care if it's Paul or Bruce, both sound great on it!
  8. DJMayes

    DJMayes Educated Fool

    5. A disappointment as some excellent instrumental bits are lost in an otherwise forgettable song.


    1980 - Iron Maiden - 6.67

    8 - Prowler
    6 - Sanctuary
    7 - Remember Tomorrow
    6 - Running Free
    9 - Phantom Of The Opera
    7 - Transylvania
    4 - Strange World
    6 - Charlotte The Harlot
    7 - Iron Maiden

    1981 - Killers - 5.91

    6 - The Ides Of March
    6 - Wrathchild
    6 - Murders In The Rue Morgue
    5 - Another Life
    5 - Genghis Khan
    5 - Innocent Exile
    8 - Killers
    5 - Prodigal Son
    8 - Purgatory
    6 - Twilight Zone
    5 - Drifter
  9. Sth2112

    Sth2112 Nomad

    Cool song, a great way to end the album with! 9/10
    Black Bart likes this.
  10. Black Bart

    Black Bart Ancient Mariner

    And the version from the New York Palladium 1982 concert (probably one of the most easily accessible bootlegs) is among the best ways they have ever ended a concert. :)
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2016
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  11. Vorg

    Vorg Prowler

    I've been listening to Clive's drumming last days. I know Clive was a more jazz oriented drummer, Gangland is a perfect example of that. And Drifter...

    Drifter is the only Maiden song you could actually dance, but more than a jazz, it is a swing, maybe the first metal swing in history. As a swing song, tells a swing story.

    Just listen it again with that in mind, think about dancing this song and you will end up with a different opinion of it.

    10/10 for creating a new metal subgenre
    Black Bart likes this.
  12. Poto

    Poto Ancient Mariner

    I didn't become a fan until I heard live versions from 2005 of it. Cool intro and it has great guitar solos. I'm surprised to see the low ratings. 8/10
  13. Better yet listen to the Sanctuary B-side version (which also has a killer Dave solo). I always felt that Bruce only did the audience participation part because the crowd expected it. Paul seemed to do it more earnestly (or fake it better).
  14. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    Love the bass riff in this and quite nice chorus. Pretty run of the mill like much of the album in other respects though.

  15. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    Maiden goes rock'n'roll. I am also a part of the Drifter lovers club. It's a great fun song. The live versions are even better. Great solos.

    Great song.
    Black Bart likes this.
  16. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Gott Mit Uns

    A fairly good song and an excellent closer for Killers. Only reason it's not an 8/10 is because that part that starts at 1:54 and ends at 2:19 just sounds weird and is almost annoying. It feels like circus music and, um, I dunno, circus music doesn't seem to fit Maiden's music very well. As it is, though, it's a strong 7/10.

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