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Metal for Friday: Iron Maiden “Caught Somewhere in Time” [audio].

Earlier this week I did a post on the romantic science fiction film Somewhere in Time, directed by Jeannot Swarc from 1980. It goes to show you what a diverse group of people follow this blog, and follow me on Twitter, because when I announced that an article about “Somewhere in Time” was coming up I had to specify that I wasn’t talking about the Iron Maiden album! In the interest of restoring balance and harmony to the universe–hey, after all, I do a lot of metal-related stuff on this blog–I thought today’s Metal for Friday absolutely had to be this song, “Caught Somewhere in Time” by Iron Maiden, from their 1986 album Somewhere in Time.

Needless to say this has nothing whatsoever to do with the 1980 film, but it’s definitely a piece of musical art in its own right. Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith and the other members of Iron Maiden were definitely at the top of their form in the mid-1980s when this album came out. They were fresh off their amazing success with 1984’s Powerslave, and Somewhere in Time was definitely a worthy follow-up. It perfectly showcases the quintessential Iron Maiden sound. The classic cover art by artist Derek Riggs is probably the most memorable Iron Maiden cover he ever did–and one of the coolest album covers in the entire history of heavy metal.

This is a great way to start the weekend. Have a great Friday and Shabbat Shalom! \m/



  1. This is my favorite Derek Riggs cover, by far! Do much to see here on vinyl.

    I have the Eddie figure from this cover, my favorite Eddie.

  2. You certainly have a diverse group of followers, cause then there’s me. The name Christopher Reeve took me on a whole different path. I remembered “Deathtrap”, a play he was in with Michael Caine in the 80’s. It was such a good story, and I was blown away when Christopher and Michael (as Clifford and Sydney) kissed!! If the term OMG had been in, in the 80s, that is what I would have said. I was sitting on the floor and I just fell over. At first it was a shock and then I thought “how cool”, it was so perfect in that play, so, of course I have followed Christopher Reeve forever and I can still pull up Michael Caine’s face in my head.

    • It wasn’t a play, but a movie version of the play (Deathtrap) which was written by Ira Levin, most famous for Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives. I love Deathtrap, I mentioned it in a blog a few months ago. Try searching for “Boston comfort movies” and it should pop right up.

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