Ed and Stu discuss Side B of Iron Maiden’s second studio album, Killers! They also discuss their favorite and least favorite songs on the album and where this album ranks in Iron Maiden’s discography, as of 1981. (Hint: It’s easily in the Top 5!)
8. Prodigal Son
The guys also discuss the second single from the album, “Purgatory,” which was released on June 15, 1981. It debuted at #62 on the UK charts, appearing for only three weeks and peaking at #52.
The Top 5 songs on the UK charts at the time Purgatory debuted were:
1. One Day in Your Life – Michael Jackson
2. Being With You – Smokey Robinson
3. More Than In Love – Kate Robbins and Beyond
4. Teddy Bear – Red Sovine
5. Going Back to My Roots – Odyssey
Other notable songs on the charts at the time: Can’t Happen Here – Rainbow (#29); The River – Bruce Springsteen (#35); Would I Lie To You – Whitesnake (#48); Too Drunk To Fuck – Dead Kennedys (#57).
Killers Album Personnel
Paul Di’Anno – vox
Dave Murray – guitars
Adrian Smith – guitars
Steve Harris – bass guitar
Clive Burr – drums
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