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Encyclopedia > Holy Smoke (song)
"Holy Smoke"
Holy Smoke cover
Single by Iron Maiden
from the album No Prayer for the Dying
B-side(s) "All In Your Mind"
"Kill Me Ce Soir"
Released 10 September 1990
Recorded Summer 1990
Genre Heavy metal
Length 3:50
Label EMI
Writer(s) Steve Harris
Bruce Dickinson
Chart positions
  • 3 (UK charts)
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"Infinite Dreams (live)"
(1989)
"Holy Smoke"
(1990)
"Bring Your Daughter...to the Slaughter"
(1990)

"Holy Smoke" is Iron Maiden's 21st single and the first to feature guitarist Janick Gers, who joined the band in the summer of 1990. It was released just weeks before the album No Prayer for the Dying. The song deals with the many Televangelist scandals that took place in the United States in the late 1980s, including mentions of "Jimmy Reptile" (a reference to Jimmy Swaggart), Noah, and "plenty of bad preachers for the Devil to stoke." A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-side, often accompanied by several B-sides, usually remixes or other songs. ... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from East London. ... No Prayer for the Dying is the eighth studio album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... 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 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. ... 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. ... Bruce Dickinson For the record producer Bruce Dickinson featured in Saturday Night Lives skit, see More Cowbell. ... 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 are an English heavy metal band from East London. ... Bring Your Daughter. ... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from East London. ... Janick Gers of Iron Maiden Janick Robert Gers (born January 27, 1957 in Hartlepool, England) is one of three guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... This article is about the year. ... No Prayer for the Dying is the eighth studio album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... In the USA and Canada, a televangelist (portmanteau for television evangelist) is a religious minister (often a Christian priest or minister) who devotes a large portion of his (or her) ministry to TV broadcasts to a regular viewing and listening audience. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Noahs Ark, Französischer Meister (The French Master), Magyar Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, Budapest. ...


The b-sides are covers of Stray's "All In Your Mind" and "Kill Me Ce Soir" originally performed by Golden Earring. Golden Earring is a Dutch Rock/Pop Group that was founded in 1961 in The Hague as the Golden Earrings (the s was later dropped). ...


Track listing

  1. "Holy Smoke" (Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson) – 3:50
  2. "All In Your Mind" (Stray cover) – 4:31
  3. "Kill Me Ce Soir" (Golden Earring cover) – 6:17

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. ... Bruce Dickinson For the record producer Bruce Dickinson featured in Saturday Night Lives skit, see More Cowbell. ... Golden Earring is a Dutch Rock/Pop Group that was founded in 1961 in The Hague as the Golden Earrings (the s was later dropped). ...

Credits

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 | Beast Over Hammersmith | The BBC Archives | 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: The Soundhouse Tapes | Live!! +one | Maiden Japan | No More Lies
Singles
"Running Free" | "Sanctuary" | "Women in Uniform" | "Twilight Zone" | "Purgatory" | "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" | "The Number of the Beast (live)" | "The Trooper (live)" | "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg"
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