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Encyclopedia > Can I Play With Madness
"Can I Play with Madness"
Can I Play with Madness cover
Single by Iron Maiden
from the album Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
B-side(s) "Black Bart Blues"
"Massacre"
Released 20 March 1988
Format Vinyl record
Picture disc (cut-to-shape)
Genre Heavy metal
Length 13:05
Label EMI
Writer(s) Adrian Smith
Bruce Dickinson
Steve Harris
Chart positions
  • 3 (UK charts)
Iron Maiden singles chronology
Stranger in a Strange Land
(1986)
Can I Play with Madness
(1988)
The Evil That Men Do
(1988)

"Can I Play with Madness" was the seventeenth single released by Iron Maiden. Released in 1988, "Can I Play with Madness" is the first single from the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son album. The single hit number 3 in the UK charts. The song is about a young man who wants to learn the future from an old prophet with a crystal ball. The young man think he is going mad and seeks the old prophet to help him cope with his visions/nightmares. The prophet's advice is ignored by the young man and he becomes violent. Image File history File links Caniplaywithmadness. ... In music, a single is a short (usually ten minutes or less*) record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-side, often accompanied by several B-sides, usually remixes or other songs. ... Iron Maiden is a British heavy metal band from East London. ... In old Irish and other legends, the seventh son of a seventh son is supposed to hold great power granted by gods or other cosmic forces. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles were released beginning in the 1950s. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... Usual types of gramophone record (phonograph record in U.S. English) are discussed in the main article. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that emerged as a defined musical style in the 1970s, having its roots in hard rock bands which, between 1967 and 1974, mixed blues and rock to create a hybrid with a thick, heavy, guitar-and-drums-centered sound, characterised by the... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The EMI Group is a major record label, based in Kensington in London, in the United Kingdom. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is one of three guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Bruce Dickinson For the record producer Bruce Dickinson featured in Saturday Night Lives skit, see More Cowbell. ... Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris Stephen Percy Harris or Arry to his fans (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, UK) is the bass player and primary songwriter of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... Iron Maiden is a British heavy metal band from East London. ... Stranger in a Strange Land is a song written by Adrian Smith for the 1986 Iron Maiden album Somewhere in Time. ... The Evil That Men Do was released in 1988 by Iron Maiden. ... Iron Maiden is a British heavy metal band from East London. ... In old Irish and other legends, the seventh son of a seventh son is supposed to hold great power granted by gods or other cosmic forces. ...


The b-side "Black Bart Blues" is about the suit of armour that rode in the back lounge of Iron Maiden's tourbuses (named Black Bart). Bruce Dickinson tells that he, his bandmates and their tour manager were driving in a Ford Thunderbird through Florida in 1983, when they passed a petrol station with three suits of armour standing outside. So Bruce stopped the car and went to buy one of the tree suits of armour that were on sale. Iron Maiden is a British heavy metal band from East London. ... Bruce Dickinson For the record producer Bruce Dickinson featured in Saturday Night Lives skit, see More Cowbell. ... The Ford Thunderbird is a car manufactured in the United States by the Ford Motor Company. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,794 sq mi (170,451 km²)  - Width 162 miles (260 km)  - Length 497 miles (800 km)  - % water 17. ...


"Massacre" is a cover of the Thin Lizzy song that comes from their Johnny the Fox album. Thin Lizzy in 1975 Thin Lizzy was an Irish Rock band, formed in Dublin in 1969. ... Johnny the Fox is the seventh studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1976. ...


The guitar solos in "Can I Play With Madness" and "Massacre" are played by Adrian Smith. Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is one of three guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...


The video of the song features Graham Chapman, this would be his last ever apperance on television as he was dieing of throat cancer. Graham Chapman (8 January 1941—4 October 1989) was a British comedian and writer. ...


Track listing

  1. "Can I Play with Madness" (Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris) – 3:30
  2. "Black Bart Blues" (Harris, Dickinson) – 6:41
  3. "Massacre" (Thin Lizzy) – 2:54
Iron Maiden
Bruce Dickinson | Dave Murray | Adrian Smith | Janick Gers | Steve Harris | Nicko McBrain
List of past and present Iron Maiden members
Discography
Studio albums: Iron Maiden | Killers | The Number of the Beast | Piece of Mind | Powerslave | Somewhere in Time | Seventh Son of a Seventh Son | No Prayer for the Dying | Fear of the Dark | The X Factor | Virtual XI | Brave New World | Dance of Death | A Matter of Life and Death
Live albums: Live After Death | A Real Live One | A Real Dead One | Live at Donington | A Real Live Dead One | Rock in Rio | Death on the Road
Compilations and box-sets: Best of the Beast | Ed Hunter | Edward the Great | Eddie's Archive | The Essential Iron Maiden
Videos and DVDs: Live at the Rainbow | Video Pieces | Behind the Iron Curtain | Live After Death | 12 Wasted Years | Maiden England | The First Ten Years: The Videos | From There to Eternity | Donington Live 1992 | Raising Hell | Classic Albums: The Number of the Beast | Rock in Rio | Visions of the Beast | The Early Days | Death on the Road
EPs and singles: The Soundhouse Tapes | "Running Free" | "Sanctuary" | "Women in Uniform" | Live!! Plus One | "Twilight Zone" | "Purgatory" | Maiden Japan | "Run to the Hills" | "The Number of the Beast" | "Flight of Icarus" | "The Trooper" | "2 Minutes to Midnight" | "Aces High" | "Running Free (live)" | "Run to the Hills (live)" | "Wasted Years" | "Stranger in a Strange Land" | "Can I Play with Madness" | "The Evil That Men Do" | "The Clairvoyant (live)" | "Infinite Dreams (live)" | "Holy Smoke" | "Bring Your Daughter...To the Slaughter" | "Be Quick or Be Dead" | "From Here to Eternity" | "Wasting Love" | "Fear of the Dark (live)" | "Hallowed Be Thy Name (live)" | "Man on the Edge" | "Lord of the Flies" | "Virus" | "The Angel and the Gambler" | "Futureal" | "The Wicker Man" | "Out of the Silent Planet" | "Run to the Hills (live)" | "Wildest Dreams" | "Rainmaker" | No More Lies | "The Number of the Beast (live)" | "The Trooper (live)"
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