Some metal anthems transcend the genre and just become ‘Dad Rock Anthems’ forever to be repackaged and resold in compilation albums with poor graphics on the front of electric guitars and explosions.
“The Biggest Dad Rock Album In The Universe Ever! Volume 11!” type of vibe. You’ve seen them in the supermarkets.
They usually have My Sharona by The Knack rubbing shoulders with some lame joke of a song by The Darkness and You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet. There’s nearly always some Meatloaf too.
When one of those albums stretches itself for disc two they occasionally stumble onto Judas Priest. When they do that, 99% of the time they go straight for Breaking The Law (no side intended here that tune’s a fucking classic) and then move straight on to the Quo or a live version of Smoke On The Water.
The miniscule amount of digging it would take to find a song slightly to the left or right of the obvious never happens. Which brings us to You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.
This song was a massive hit. A massive cross over hit which reigned on MTV and Rock radio across the USA in the 80’s. And rightly so. It’s as great a rock anthem as Livin’ On A Prayer or Paranoid
However, you ask the average Man in the street to name 3 things about Judas Priest in the 21st century and if they can say anything at all they’ll say ‘Breaking The Law, the lead singer’s gay, they were sued for having backwards messages on their records.
So in You’ve Got Another Thing Coming there is a perfect slice of radio friendly genre straddling heavy metal pop music which is unspoiled by repetition or over exposure.
People tend to look at Judas Priest and decide they know all about them from the image. That is a legitimate defence mechanism to keep the tourists away and to defend the faith of the metal crowd.