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MANOWAR- Defender 12″ (Music for Nations, UK, 1984)

My heart beats like a machine gun fired by a spaz: This is the most courageous of posts! It takes a heart of steel and blood of fire to speak out the truth. The first four MANOWAR albums, the first demo and this 12″ are godlike. Immortals (immorals?) of Metal!

Yes, this is actually Orson Welles’ voice you hear there. Crazy, innit. When you play the song on 45, it loses much of its heroic and larger than life aura though, but it adds a very smurfish feeling. Crazy crazy crazy. The B-side has the album version of “Gloves of Metal”. Gloves of Metal. The title alone. Priceless.

Defender.mp3 [Original version, not the lame re-done version of the 90s]
Smurf-Defender.mp3 [on 45 RPM]

20 Comments

  1. Frank Mossi

    GREAT song!!!!!!!! The smurf version is a bit too much for me as a fan of MANOWAR LOL. The salami on the cover made me think: what are you trying to tell us with it?

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    Posted on 27-Jun-08 at 12:16 | Permalink
  2. jlijoijoi

    the cover is real cheesy.

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    Posted on 27-Jun-08 at 12:17 | Permalink
  3. Haha, Manosmurf was really great!!!! I Love it!! And I was wrong this is ripped with love!

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    Posted on 27-Jun-08 at 12:35 | Permalink
  4. Now that’s the question Pär: Manosmurf or Smurfowar.

    PS – Frank: It LOOKS like a salami. But it could be a SWORD!

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    Posted on 27-Jun-08 at 12:43 | Permalink
  5. Adrian Son of Satan

    Erich I thought you was vegan?!

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    Posted on 27-Jun-08 at 12:46 | Permalink
  6. @ Adrian: I am vegan! Except for meat, fish and milk etc. But I’d never eat honey, that’s too exploitative!

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    Posted on 27-Jun-08 at 12:49 | Permalink
  7. Manosmurf gets my vote.

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    Posted on 27-Jun-08 at 13:06 | Permalink
  8. Industrislaven

    Manosmurf!

    I can’t belive no-one thought of this before. Tomorrow i’m gonna give Battle Hymns and Hail to England a 45 rpm spin.

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    Posted on 27-Jun-08 at 13:29 | Permalink
  9. Picard

    “Mongo Rock”. Of Course.

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    Posted on 27-Jun-08 at 15:41 | Permalink
  10. raymond

    orson welles makes the song interesting. but still it’s scary. those lyrics …..

    is this the only blog to change record covers? honestly I think this picture with the cheese and the sausage thing is art. really. it’s disturbing, gross, nasty.

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    Posted on 27-Jun-08 at 16:05 | Permalink
  11. Priceless! Long live Smurfowar! All smurfs play on 2!

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    Posted on 27-Jun-08 at 19:34 | Permalink
  12. Listen to both songs now early this morning again and as much as I love Manowar, the Manosmruf version is far superior the Manowar one. The vocals of Eric Adams sound it´s taken from a third rate NWOBHM 7″ and Orson Welles has never sounded so powerful as he does on 45 rpm and I´ll bet he now smiles in heaven thinking that “finally I got my revenge on Joey DeMaio for tricking me into readning those words”

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    Posted on 27-Jun-08 at 21:17 | Permalink
  13. hahahah, i thought it was the smurf version i heard about ten years ago with epic rhythm section doup-doupou-doup and a smurf choir singing but this one on 45 is cool too 🙂
    and the photo is nice 😉

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    Posted on 28-Jun-08 at 05:32 | Permalink
  14. Mmmm pass me the cheese please mister :).

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    Posted on 29-Jun-08 at 13:04 | Permalink
  15. I ate it all.

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    Posted on 29-Jun-08 at 13:20 | Permalink
  16. The most Mongo of them all my friend.

    Hail To England!!!!!!

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    Posted on 29-Jun-08 at 15:49 | Permalink
  17. thru the night

    this has got to be the funniest shit I ever heard & read & saw (the cheese – photo to illustrate the cheesyness!!!!!). wonderful blog!

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    Posted on 11-Jan-09 at 10:35 | Permalink
  18. M.

    The 45 RPM version makes Eric Adams sound a lot like Geddy Lee. I think you may be on to something. Thanks for uploading!

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    Posted on 22-Jan-09 at 17:25 | Permalink
  19. spermaburg

    ekki you are a GOD!!!

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    Posted on 27-May-09 at 03:26 | Permalink
  20. queasyfish

    Looks like no one else is willing to get out there on that ledge with you, but I will: as over-the-top as those guy’s image was (embarrassing then, embarrassing now), those first four albums are absolute classics!

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    Posted on 29-Jan-11 at 03:35 | Permalink

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