The boys are all excellent songwriters, but no one can deny that over the course of thirteen studio albums there have been a few duds. Come on, admit it - no matter how much we love the band, any free-thinking, open-minded Iron Maiden fan will have those few songs that make them cringe. Here's my definitive list: Quest For Fire - Embarrassingly cheesy. I understand that it's supposed to be tongue-in-cheek but it's still just bad. Deja Vu - A fairly decent sounding song, but with some very juvenile lyrics. "Ever had a conversation / That you realise you've had before / Isn't it strange? / Have you ever talked to someone / And you feel you know what's coming next / It feels pre-arranged!" *groan* Alexander the Great - Again, not TOO bad musically, but the lyrics are horribly simplistic and lack any kind of skilful use of words or imagery. Come on, it just lists everything Alexander did, straight out of a textbook. Not a speck of originality. Assassin - Corny, hokey and silly. All apparently unintentional. "Better watch out/Better watch out..." ...Santa Claus is coming to town. [!--emo&--][img src=\'style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/smile.gif\' border=\'0\' style=\'vertical-align:middle\' alt=\'smile.gif\' /][!--endemo--] The Apparition - Worst... Iron Maiden... song... ever. Lots of man-to-man advice but is there even a tune here? Lightning Strikes Twice - Or, Fear of the Lightning. Dull, dull, dull. It seems to attempt a deeper meaning but the lyrics offer no insight whatsoever and it doesn't stand out much musically either. The Nomad - Long, boring and completely uninteresting. By this point Maiden should have matured past writing a pointless song about some non-specifically frightening figure wandering the desert. I know a lot of people like this one, but I just don't see it. Age of Innocence - A good sounding tune but I hate the narrow-minded, thinly-veiled right-wing lyrics because they make Steve sound like Alf Garnet. With lines like "Assailants know just how much further they can go / They know the laws are soft, conviction chances low" he is in danger of sounding like the editor of the Daily Mail. I don't want to sound like I'm knocking Maiden here. They're my favourite band. Eight stinkers in thriteen albums isn't too bad I reckon. What about you guys?