Strangely enough, the Bring Your Daughter... single made it to Number One
in the U.K. charts and the song itself received abundant airplay throughout Britain at the time.
The lyrical content of the song has triggered many remarks that I was able to hear
first-hand when I mentioned that I was a Maiden fan. "How can you listen to
a band that encourage the rape of women?" was the most common of these
remarks and I have to admit that it was hard to understand why a song with such
repulsive lyrics (if taken at face-value) could have become so popular. Maybe the
AC/DC kind of sound and style was responsible for such popularity. In any case, that
was a weird xmas release – quite remote from your average 'Jingle Bells'!
It was brought to my attention that the red woman depicted with Eddie –
the Scarlet Whore of 'Moonchild'? Charlotte? – was inspired by Jessica Rabbit.
It does make sense when you compare with the picture on the right.
The cover also shows the door of the Paradise Club in the background.
The Paradise Club
was a British TV-series of independent 50-minute episodes aired from September 1989 to
November 1990. The basic scenario is about two brothers, Frank and Danny Kane (respectively
played by Don Henderson and Leslie Grantham, of EastEnders fame). Danny owns the "Paradise
Club" and runs a small scale gangster business, whereas his brother Frank is a priest (!).
What has this all got to do with Maiden, then? Well, Bruce Dickinson actually starred in episode 17,
called Rock'n'roll roulette and aired on 6th November 1990 on the BBC, in which he is
a famous guitarist/singer, Jake Skinner, who's pissed off with the way the record company dictates his life.
He's out playing on the street in the opening scene of the programme and is being picked up
by some Al Capone-ish guys who brings him to the studio where he was supposed to be recording
an album. What happens is that the record company has signed him to a sponsoring deal which
says that he should drink only one drink, "Rock 'n' Cola", until the upcoming tour is done.
This, of course, pisses him off and he leaves the studio in anger and the rest of the fifty-minute
episode is based on his battle against the record label.
In the studio we see "Fraud Squad" which are, Janick Gers on guitar, Andy Carr, bass
and Dickie Flitzar on drums, i.e., the band that Bruce used during his 1990 solo tour.
In a clip where they're in the studio recording they play a part of the song 'Wishing Well' by Free,
which they used to play on the Tattooed Millionaire tour. The recording used in the
studio scene was done in CTS studios (where all the James Bond themes were done)
on 7th-8th June 1990, when the band was rehearsing for the tour. This studio version
of the song remains unreleased. (All this info comes from the defunct Bruce Dickinson
Well-Being Network website.)
As a last piece of trivia, note that the bands playing "tonight" at the Paradise Club
Charlotte And The Harlots
999 And The Inverted Morons
Ron Maiden And The Dixie Chickens
Rod Smallwood's comments are taken from the
Best Of The B'Sides album booklet included in the
Eddie's Archive box.