Holy Smoke

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


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Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
"Shit" is definitely the biggest hitter in any Maiden song. Unless you count the songs that make you do a double-take...

"And the ship sails on
Back to the North
Through the fucking fog and ice
And the albatross follows on
"

"Nail that fucker Fokker
Shoot that son!
"

Otherwise Holy Smoke is Maiden's Most Profane.
 

LooseCannon

Enterprise-class aircraft carrier
Staff member
Well, since Fokkers weren't really around during WWII, it's hard to believe Bruce didn't mean it as a lazy replacement for "fucker". :p

Also, isn't it "kill that son"?
They were, but they were primarily flown by the Dutch, and not in use for very long.
 

Jer

Yes, Yes, Another Beer!
In Fear Is The Key "you're outnumbered by the bastards" and in a sense there are swear words also in Tailgunner and El Dorado.
Isn't "ass" a swear word too? In that case, there's "The Assassin" and "Charlotte the Harlot". Not sure if there're others.
I'm only counting things at the level of "shit" or higher. Stuff that would get bleeped on U.S. network television (though "shit" is technically allowed, I guess).
 

Mosh

Winner of the 2020 Dumbest Comment Ever Award
Staff member
I would just go by what would be acceptable on radio. Tailgunner and Holy Smoke are the only songs that would be censored on FM at least. Dunno how the BBC rules work.
 

Jer

Yes, Yes, Another Beer!
I would just go by what would be acceptable on radio. Tailgunner and Holy Smoke are the only songs that would be censored on FM at least. Dunno how the BBC rules work.
What would "Tailgunner" get bleeped for? "Fokker"?
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
A different riff than what many have been accustomed to with Maiden opens up "Holy Smoke", a fun, on-the-nose single about the televangelists of the '80s and '90s. Jeez, I wonder what this song would be like if it was written nowadays... It's pretty catchy and fun overall, but not quite as good as several other Maiden songs. Great music video though. 6
 

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
Fun verses, fun chorus, the melodies and the solos are good. More of a rock type of song. Overall, this is a fun song. 7/10
 

Samantas5855

Educated Fool
So which exactly is the censored version? Where was it censored (Country)?
I found this version:
It's sped up and the same version that exists on High Vaultage Vol.2 (and judging by the running time on Brave New Tour too).
On this version the word Shit is garbled.
Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Smoke_(song)) mentions "This is one of the very few Iron Maiden songs with profanity in the lyrics (for example, "Flies around shit/bees around honey" and "I've lived in filth/I've lived in sin/and I still smell cleaner than the shit you're in"), which is replaced by gunshot sounds in censored versions." without citations tho.
 
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