10 Hidden Details You Never Noticed In Iron Maiden Songs

9. Idi Amin's "Still Life"

1983's Piece of Mind dropped only twelve months after what many consider to be Iron Maiden's magnum opus: the brilliantly controversial The Number of the Beast.

During Piece of Mind's conception, writing and recording, the band was facing many a protest from religious groups, especially in the USA, who hastily branded them as Satanists for their imagery, sound and lyrics.

While this would ultimately die down after Piece of Mind and especially the beloved Powerslave in the ensuing years, Maiden responded to their early '80s controversy with the track "Still Life".

While the song itself is totally unconnected to The Number of the Beast's ultimately polarised reception among religious groups (instead telling of a man who sees the faces of demons in a pool of water), it comes with a backmasked, spoken introduction provided by then-new drummer Nicko McBrain.

When played backwards, the "Still Life" introduction has a drunken McBrain doing an impression of the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. He states "Don't meddle wid t'ings you don't understand", followed by a burp.

The drummer has since stated that this was directed at those who had labelled the band has Satanic, when, in hindsight, that clearly has never been the case.

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