In a recent interview with Spin.com IRON MAIDEN front man Bruce Dickinson had choice words for what he thought about the self titled debut and what the press has penned about it. His statement was as follows.
“If you look at all the old Steve Harris interviews — he hates punk rock. The first MAIDEN album sounded punky because it sounded like a sack of shit. He hates that record. The first singer (Paul Di’Anno) gave it a little bit of that kind of vibe, but the punk thing was nailed to the band by the press. The band absolutely hated it, because there was no way on God’s green earth MAIDEN were ever, even remotely, a punk band. As soon as ‘Killers‘ came out, which was a proper-sounding record, it was obvious — where’s the punk thing on ‘Killers‘? You’ve got ‘Murders In The Rue Morgue‘, which basically could have been off of DEEP PURPLE‘s ‘In Rock‘, you’ve got ‘Prodigal Son‘, a proggy, sweet little ballad, you’ve got ‘Twilight Zone‘, all this kind of stuff — where’s the punk thing? Don’t get it.”
Steve Harris told why he always hated punk in a 2012 interview with The Quietus. When asked if he shared the do it yourself approach of the punk bands of the late 70’s and early 80’s he replied “I didn’t share it with them. I wouldn’t share anything with them, because I hated them! They were taking gigs away from us. They came along — the upstarts that they were — and most of them couldn’t play their instruments, which was annoying. And most of them were getting gigs and publicity and not letting us get a look in. So we were lucky that we had a few places where we could play like the Cart and Horses, The Ruskin Arms in Stratford and The Bridgehouse in Canning Town. It was really, really tough. So no, we hated them and we hated what they were about. We had nothing in common with them. Most of them seemed to be kids from good backgrounds who were just bullshitting about being young and hungry anyway. They weren’t for real, most of them.”