Judas Priest have been storming the gates firstly of the 80s. The band’s sixth album, British Metal had carried the band into the Prime 10 of the UK music charts (peaking at no. 4) and Prime 50 (no. 34) within the US, whereas their look of leather-based and bikes shortly turned a defining picture for heavy metallic as a complete.
“As a decade, the 80s have been phenomenal for Priest,” admits former guitarist KK Downing. “The 70s have been all about attempting to consolidate what we do, this unreal style that wanted to be etched in stone for posterity. It wasn’t till the 80s that all of it exploded; we got here out with British Metal, went on Prime Of The Pops and began to get on the radio in plenty of totally different nations.”
Sadly, British Metal‘s successor did not obtain as a lot acclaim. 1981’s Level Of Entry was derided by critics who felt the band had ventured too far in the direction of radio friendliness, whereas the band themselves later admitted they’d buckled to label stress to carry out covers and write ‘hits’, Downing explaining: “we gave them what they wished.”
Fortunately, this being Priest within the 80s, it wasn’t lengthy earlier than they have been taking one other shot on the title and 1982’s Screaming For Vengeance gave a complete new life to the band, turning them into megastars within the US, in the end attaining double-platinum standing.
Sarcastically, for all of the complaints about radio-friendliness that Level Of Entry had acquired, it was the large singles of Screaming For Vengeance that really helped the band get a foothold within the US. Though they’d once more acquiesced to characteristic a canopy on the album – Bob Halligan Jr.’s (Take These) Chains – it was one in every of their very own compositions that turned a breakaway radio hit.
“It was a reasonably constant listening expertise, besides we did have one observe on there that clearly poked out,” KK admits. “That was the Bob Halligan Jr. track (Take These) Chains. Again then, document firms all the time pushed to have a canopy model or further songwriter seem on an album, so there could be one track that might get massive radio play. However lo and behold, it truly ended up being You’ve got Received One other Factor Comin’.”
One of many final songs written for Screaming For Vengeance, You’ve got Received One other Factor Comin’ was envisioned to stability out the opposite tracks on the document. “Myself and Glenn [Tipton, guitarist] have been all the time taking inventory,” KK explains. “Like, ‘is there one thing we will actually add to the album’? Over time that could possibly be a extremely up-tempo, aggressive track, or it could possibly be a ballad, and even an anthem that might full the entire expertise.”
Listening to a tough combine for the album, KK remembers each he and Glenn have been excited, however nonetheless felt one thing was lacking. “We have been sort of pleased, however nonetheless speaking about that further track that we hadn’t actually provide you with but,” he remembers.
“We wished one thing that might do a very totally different job to the blood and thunder of tracks like Screaming For Vengeance and Electrical Eye. We bought the embryo of the concept going as much as Glenn’s home close to Stafford and bought it in our minds that we wanted further substances and flavours to throw into the pot that might make it extra appetising for radio. Clearly it actually took off!”
With a strutting riff from Priest’s twin guitarists and a gentle beat from drummer Dave Holland, KK remembers that proper from the off You’ve got Received One other Factor Comin’ felt like an excellent addition to the Priest canon, “an actual driving track – you set it in and also you’re off”.
Clearly, the band’s label agreed – when Screaming For Vengeance was launched in July 1982, You’ve got Received One other Factor Comin’ was chosen as its lead single, debuting on the US Billboard Sizzling 100 in June 1982, earlier than attaining its peak place of no. 67 in November that very same yr, additionally reaching no. 4 on the US Mainstream Rock chart that very same month.
Sometimes, Priest weren’t in a position to relaxation on their laurels; they’d been booked for a US tour in August 1982 that might see them crossing the States and Canada for the rest of the yr. It was on the street they first turned conscious that You’ve got Received One other Factor Comin’ was turning into a radio hit.
“We kicked off our tour and the bus driver would have native stations on, we’d hear it just about in all places we went,” KK remembers fortunately. “It was being performed by native radio stations, performed in supermarkets, purchasing malls… no matter!”
At that time, the closest Priest had come to radio success had been no. 12 positions within the UK for each Residing After Midnight and Breaking The Legislation, however this was one thing else fully. Seemingly in a single day, the band went from relative unknowns within the US to a Large Factor, venues having to improve to accommodate the swelling demand for tickets.
“We turned an area band and that was simply great, a large increase of confidence,” KK says, beaming. “We have been new youngsters on the block in so some ways, however we felt that we had the sting, we weren’t afraid to play anyplace with anybody. We would labored exhausting and it was time to begin to take pleasure in our confidence. The viewers may feed on that once we got here out all weapons blazing and we did, each night time. We’re a drive to be reckoned with, giving 110% and extra.”
It did not harm issues that Judas Priest have been joined on some dates of their US tour by fellow British metallic sensations Iron Maiden, themselves using excessive on the success of 1982’s Quantity Of The Beast and the arrival of latest singer, Bruce Dickinson. Each bands have been headed for superstardom, and naturally there have been some clashes.
“It was a bit sticky to begin with,” KK says sheepishly. “Clearly these guys have been equally very happy with themselves. However it was great to have suitable bands on the invoice, it actually optimised what the viewers wished.”
“The followers who bought to expertise that bought one thing few others ever did, or will. It was aggressive and we have been actually preventing for a similar area. We have been there going ‘no, no, the crown’s ours – you possibly can’t take it’ ha ha. However you take a look at the mighty Maiden now and I’m extraordinarily proud to have travelled the world with that band, a minimum of partially.”
Over 40 years later, You’ve got Received One other Factor Comin’ has seldom left the band’s setlists. It has additionally resurfaced in popular culture quite a few instances, featured in all the pieces from TV exhibits like Californication and Archer (with a killer “Screaming For Vangeance” pun, no much less), to films (Unhealthy Instructor) and video video games starting from Grand Theft Auto: Vice Metropolis and Rock Band to Main League Baseball.
It stays one of many band’s most iconic songs, its lyrical message testomony to the undefeatable spirit of Priest as they clawed their strategy to heavy metallic stardom. It was the track that broke Priest in America and established them as worldwide heavy metallic icons, a cultured ‘fuck you’ to the critics who tried to write down the band off after Level Of Entry – as vocalist Rob Halford himself put it, ‘Out there’s a fortune, ready available/when you assume I am going to let it go you are mad… You’ve got bought one other factor comin’.
“In America, Screaming For Vengeance was and nonetheless is our largest ever promoting document,” KK says fortunately. “We partied each night time! We might have a resort room and simply give the small print out to buddies and women, ‘we’ll see you there!’ We’d be working very, very exhausting within the day travelling and doing interviews, being pushed round principally, so we wanted the wind down and our reward was to stay after midnight, naturally! The entire thing was a blast, we have been such a drive to be reckoned with.”