Inspired by the cult 60s television show that was created by and starred Patrick McGoohan, The Prisoner is one of Iron Maiden’s best songs. This music video is taken from a 1982 performance at the Hammersmith Odeon. One thing I like about this performance is that, even in the live show, the song still opened with a recording of McGoohan being interrogated in The Prisoner.
According to the band, getting McGoohan’s permission to use the dialogue from the show was the most intimidating part of recording The Prisoner. The band’s manager, Rod Smallwood, was the one who called McGoohan. McGoohan has apparently never heard of Iron Maiden but when Smallwood told them that they were a “rock band,” McGoohan said, “Do it!” and then promptly hung up on him.
Did I pick this song for music video of the day because I’m currently going stir crazy as a result of being locked down for three weeks? No comment.