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"Wasted Years"
"Wasted Years" cover
Single by Iron Maiden
from the album Somewhere in Time
B-side(s) "Reach Out", "Sheriff of Huddersfield"
Released 6 September 1986
Genre Heavy metal
Length 12:12
Label EMI
Writer(s) Adrian Smith
Chart positions
  • 18 (UK charts)
Iron Maiden singles chronology
Run to the Hills (live)
(1985)
Wasted Years
(1986)
Stranger in a Strange Land
(1986)

"Wasted Years" was the fifteenth single released by Iron Maiden and the first from their Somewhere in Time album. Released in 1986, it was the first single to be written by guitarist Adrian Smith alone. It reached number 22 in the UK charts. Image File history File links Wastedyears. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... For other uses, see iron maiden. ... Somewhere in Time is the sixth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 29 September 1986. ... 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 music that emerged as a defined musical style in the 1970s, having its roots in hard rock bands which, between 1969 and 1974,[1] mixed blues and rock music to create a hybrid with a thick, heavy, guitar-and-drums-centered sound, characterised by... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The EMI Group is a music company comprising the major record label, EMI Music, based in Brook Green in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based on Charing Cross Road, London. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists/songwriters in 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. ... For other uses, see iron maiden. ... Run to the Hills is a song from Iron Maidens 1982 album The Number of the Beast. ... Stranger in a Strange Land is the sixteenth single released by Iron Maiden, written by guitarist Adrian Smith for the 1986 Iron Maiden album Somewhere in Time. ... For other uses, see iron maiden. ... Somewhere in Time is the sixth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 29 September 1986. ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists/songwriters in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...


The B-side "Reach Out" was sung by Adrian Smith, with Bruce Dickinson singing backing vocals. This song was performed by Nicko McBrain and Adrian Smith's jam band who called themselves The Entire Population of Hackney. Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists/songwriters in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden Michael Henry McBrain (born June 5, 1952 in Hackney, London, England) is the drummer for heavy metal band Iron Maiden, and a songwriter. ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists/songwriters in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...


The song "Sheriff of Huddersfield" is about Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood's decision to move to Los Angeles and buy a house in the Hollywood hills. Apparently he had trouble adjusting to the new lifestyle in LA and often complained to the band about it. Interestingly Rod Smallwood was unaware of the song until it was released on the single (the band had kept it secret). Later, a similar comedy piece mocking Smallwood was released as an unlisted untitled B-side ("Space Station N°5"'s epilogue) in the Be Quick or Be Dead single. For other uses, see iron maiden. ... Rod Smallwood, co-manager of heavy metal band, Iron Maiden and co-founder in 1976 of Sanctuary Records, now the worlds largest music management company. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Rod Smallwood, co-manager of heavy metal band, Iron Maiden and co-founder in 1976 of Sanctuary Records, now the worlds largest music management company. ... Be Quick or Be Dead is the first single from the Iron Maiden album Fear of the Dark, released in 1992. ...


Track listing

  1. "Wasted Years" (Adrian Smith) – 5:06
  2. "Reach Out" (Dave Colwell) – 3:31
  3. "Sheriff of Huddersfield" (Iron Maiden) – 3:35

Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists/songwriters in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Dave Colwell is an English guitarist known from bands like Bad Company , Samson , ASAP, The Eastenders Angel Street and FM. Categories: | | | ... For other uses, see iron maiden. ...

Numbers from the Beast version

An all-star cover version of the song is found on the tribute album Numbers from the Beast. It features Dee Snider on vocals, George Lynch and Bob Kulick on guitars, Jeff Pilson on bass, and Jason Bonham on drums. This version follows the basic schedule of Smith's original composition, but varies in terms of guitar solos. Numbers From The Beast is a tribute album to Iron Maiden, performed by some of the leading names in heavy metal music. ... Numbers From The Beast is a tribute album to Iron Maiden, performed by some of the leading names in heavy metal music. ... Dee Snider (on right) Dee Snider in his Twisted Sister persona Daniel Dee Snider (born March 15, 1955 in Massapequa, New York, United States). ... George Lynch (b. ... Bob Kulick is an American guitarist best known for his studio work with KISS. He is the older brother of former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, and was the one to suggest KISS hire him. ... Jeff Pilson (born January 19th, 1958, Lake Forest, Illinois, USA) is an American bass guitarist specializing in heavy metal music. ... Jason Bonham (born July 15, 1966) is an English drummer and son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. ...


Credits

Iron Maiden
Bruce Dickinson | Dave Murray | Janick Gers | Adrian Smith | 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 | The BBC Archives | Beast Over Hammersmith | Death on the Road
Compilations and box-sets: The First Ten Years | Best of the Beast | Ed Hunter | Edward the Great | Eddie's Archive | Best of the B'Sides | 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 '85)" | "Wasted Years" | "Stranger in a Strange Land" | "Can I Play with Madness" | "The Evil That Men Do" | "The Clairvoyant (live)" | "Infinite Dreams" | "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 '01)" | "Wildest Dreams" | "Rainmaker" | "The Number of the Beast (2005)" | "The Trooper (live)" | "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" | "Different World"
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