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Holy Smoke

Discussion in 'No Prayer For The Dying' started by Anonymous, Mar 5, 2004.


How good is Holy Smoke on a scale of 1-10?

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  1. Vortex

    Vortex Invader

    By Maiden standards, it's rubbish.
  2. portermoresby

    portermoresby Trooper

    For me this is 7/10. I think it's a gleefully entertaining song. I like the sarcastic lyrics and the main riff. I'm not entirely comfortable with the somewhat raw sound but it doesn't worry me much. It feels dated lyrically but that doesn't bog it down IMO.
  3. Jupz

    Jupz Ancient Mariner

    Ehh... not one of my fave maiden songs, 5/10.
  4. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    An average song with a good solo by Dave Murray. The solo saves this song, 7/10.
  5. Jeffmetal

    Jeffmetal Ancient Mariner

    9. Funny, sarcastic and povocative! Love Janick's manic solo; I love his style since I listened to this song, back in December 1990.
  6. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    What Jeff said + Dave's solo also rocks!

    However, song is way too simple to be above 8.
  7. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    I actually like this one. The lyrics are good, solos are awesome and the melody is great. A solid 8/10
  8. Vap

    Vap Ancient Mariner

    I would have given it 6, but the solo saves the song and makes it a solid 7.
  9. Fugazi

    Fugazi Alchemist

    7/10, I like this song mainly because of it's humorous lyrics.
  10. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler ɹǝlʍoɹԀ ʇɥƃᴉN Staff Member

    Fantastic song, great vocals and solos. Video for this song is my favorite Iron Maiden video. Lyrics are excellent. 10/10.
  11. MaidenCanada

    MaidenCanada Trooper

    This song's message has really dated badly.

    I suppose that's what happens when the topic is contemporary politics or news.
  12. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    No it hasn't. Televangelists are just as corrupt now as they were in the 90's. Nothing has changed.
  13. Taker

    Taker Cannon Fodder

    They're even more corrupt, because there is more scrutiny and cynicism that they have to deal with. Lotsa lemmings out there though...
  14. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

  15. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    7  Good song, but sounds dated, Maiden should stay away from current events.
  16. 9. Really cool song. The lyrics are nice and the video is really funny. I like the raw feeling of this song!
  17. portermoresby

    portermoresby Trooper

    The last verse is puzzling to me. "Friend of the president, trick of the tail"?, "they can have a Lincoln for their bed"? I'm not American so I might not be getting those references for that reason, can anybody explain?
  18. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    the Lincoln bedroom is in the White House, it is where guests (who are often large campaign contributors) stay.
  19. Revelations85

    Revelations85 Trooper

    7/10. A fun rocker.
  20. Sara

    Sara Not even Wensleydale?

    I can't say I'm in the least bit surprised that the comments for this song are so scathing, but seeing as I'm in a very small minority that loves everything on the No Prayer album, I don't agree with them. I do have to take issue with some comments saying it can't rate highly as it's a "simple" song. I didn't realise that in order for a song to qualify for classic status, it must be a technical progressive epic... I obviously missed something there!

    The song opens with a deceptively happy sounding riff, although this is offset a little by the grimy production. It's an angry song, with a befittingly aggressive vocal by Bruce, and the solos are awesome, particularly Davey's! I feel the biting lyrical content is just as relevant today as it was back in 1990, which makes the song sound anything but dated to my ears. I also have lasting memories of being scared as a kid listening to the single whilst looking at the creepy single cover. Especially the end of the song when Bruce goes "Ahhh!"  :p

    An amazing song, and one I definitely feel should have survived in Maiden setlists beyond the No Prayer tour...

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