Welcome back to Forgotten Tracks! Judas Priest was one the first Heavy Metal bands. Their sound and look defined what metal was in the 80s. Their songs took the airwaves by force and their videos found their way into the homes of many during the MTV explosion. Like many metal bands though, they peaked in the mid to late 80s and faded a little as the “grunge rock” and alternative rock scene unfolded.
Living after midnight- (featured above) One of my favorite Priest songs to this day. Like most of their songs, this one is a great “driving song”. A little more melodic and laid back, but a party anthem nonetheless.
Breaking the law– Kind of a “metal anthem” for them and many. A hard rocking song without getting too crazy.
Hell bent for leather– A little grittier and raw then the more polished music they would create in the 80s, but a fine Priest song, indeed.
Freewheel burning– A screeching, ear-ringing, tour de force announcing Judas Priest as full-on players in the metal scene.
Some heads are gonna roll– It didn’t get the airplay or accolades of many other of their songs, but if you had a good metal station in your city, or saw them live, this was probably one you looked forward to.
Turbo lover– This might have been “the song” that got me into Judas Priest. Not as hard or “ballsy” as their heavy metal staples, but still edgy.
You got another thing coming– I love hearing this one on the radio. Especially in the car. Classic Judas Priest, even if it’s a little “lighter”.
A touch of evil– I got into Judas Priest a little later on than most people my age. Thanks to my sister, who had a nice collection of records (yes records!). This was the first Priest album I would buy (actually CD). This is my favorite song from the album, Painkiller. Been too long since I listened to it.
Hell Patrol– Also off Painkiller, this song rocks hard and beautifully shows off vocalist Rob Halfords’ range as a singer. Which is impressive. This song didn’t get much airplay in the new “grunge era”, but it embodied what the band stood for.