Friday, July 20, 2012

Judas Priest - "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"

You've Got Another Thing Comin' - Screaming for Vengeance

(Debuted November 6, 1982, Peaked #67, 7 Weeks on the Chart)

Here's an irony...back in 1982, the same person who'd say to me, "you've got another thing coming" was the same person who normally told me to turn the volume down on songs like this one. But, that was part of what made the song so listenable to a generation of youth: the "us-against-them" attitude, mixed with the amped-up guitar riffs, the catchy, memorable chorus and the melody that was easy to sing along with.

Surprisingly, "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" was also the only U.S. pop hit for Judas Priest, a British metal group that was one of the more popular in the 1980s. I know when I was in the weight room at my school's gym (I was on the football team...but not a good one, mind you), Judas Priest was on several of the cassettes that played during our workouts. The albums British Steel, Turbo and Screaming For Vengeance -- which included "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"-- were in fairly heavy rotation there. Those aren't bad choices when the desired result is to get the adrenaline pumping and teenaged boys are around.

Well, besides bringing in some of the cheerleaders. But that would have been counter-productive.

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