Day 2: Your least favourite song #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 2: Your least favourite song

Iron Maiden—The Angel and the Gambler

I’m sure there are plenty of songs that I can’t stand, I just can’t remember what they are; which is probably a good thing.

They probably have accordions in them.

With the advent of digital radio, MP3s and online music streaming services like Spotify I now get the chance to listen to what I want pretty much when I want to. I remember the first week that I moved from listening to BBC Radio 1 all the time to a randomized playlist of MP3s on my own PC. About an hour in I remember thinking to myself “Wow! I’ve liked every song they’ve played on this radio station!” And then I remembered…

Anyway, I thought I’d restrict myself to my least favourite song of the songs that I own, or at least something that is representative of it. Sadly, it’s from those stalwarts of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) Iron Maiden.

The Blaze Bayley-era of Iron Maiden is by far my least favourite. I have nothing against the guy, I just didn’t like his voice, certainly compared with Paul di’Anno and Bruce ‘Human Air Raid Siren’ Dickinson.

Largely because of his voice I just didn’t connect with the songs on the two studio albums Bayley recorded with Maiden: The X Factor (1995) and Virtual XI (1998). Firstly, I just couldn’t hear past the vocals, and secondly, I just found the music to be largely unimaginative and same-y.  Sorry guys!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 48 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot.

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