Rocks In The Attic #208: Saxon – ‘Strong Arm Of The Law’ (1980)

RITA#208I’m not sure why I have this record in my collection. I think it may have been part of a batch of records I was handed by somebody in the early 2000s. That’s one of the good things about collecting records – if enough people know that you’re a vinyl junkie, you’re more likely to get handed a pile of unwanted records. One of the bad things about people knowing that you collect records is that you’re more likely to get handed a record like this.

Saxon are one of those bands that belongs in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, and doesn’t really have a place in the 21st century. They’re a poor man’s Judas Priest, and that already sounds like a pretty destitute guy. Similar bands like Iron Maiden have better songs, which means their original fanbase was bigger, and there’s a bigger need for them to continue into this century. Saxon really only exist for me to see what Spinal Tap found so amusing about them.

Although Rob Reiner’s film is drawn from a very large canvas – practically every rock band of the time is lampooned in one way or another – it is Saxon that you always hear as being the key influence on Tap, especially in looks and sound.

Listening to this for the first time, I can hear all of the bad bits of the bands I actually like from around the same time, but none of the good bits. To a normal person, it would be hard to hear the difference between Saxon and a band like Thin Lizzy or Maiden, and I can appreciate the similarities, but I guess history just leaves some bands behind from time to time.

Hit: Strong Arm Of The Law

Hidden Gem: Dallas 1pm

2 thoughts on “Rocks In The Attic #208: Saxon – ‘Strong Arm Of The Law’ (1980)

  1. Matthew Gibson

    Re. Tap: Uriah Heep were convinced it was about them, to the extent that they thought a roadie must have been telling stories. It was them at least who planned a tour based on astrological omens.

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  2. mrjohnnyandrews Post author

    The whole Stonehenge thing is Black Sabbath, although what happens in the film is the opposite of what happened in real life. Sabbath shipped a huge Stonehenge stage set over to the U.S. but then found out it was too big to get in the doors to the arenas they were playing.

    Aerosmith like to think the Stonehenge thing is a comment on them (their album at the time had Stonehenge on the cover), but I prefer the Sabbath story.

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