Iron Maiden, 'Somewhere in Time' (1986)
That was my favorite Maiden album, because that was my Maiden album. Obviously, I went back and I got into [their 1982 album] Number of the Beast and the first two, and [1984's] Powerslave, and all that shit. But [Somewhere in Time's] "Wasted Years" was my fucking soundtrack for years, and I think it's probably one of the most perfect heavy-metal songs ever written – just from a song standpoint, not riffage or anything like that. It's just so fucking catchy. And you can still put it on, to this day, for people who don't like heavy metal, and they'll dig it. It's just got a cool vibe to it.
And that whole album is fucking brilliant, man. Whether it's the pseudo-title track ["Caught Somewhere in Time"], "Heaven Can Wait," "Stranger in a Strange Land" or "Alexander the Great." I took that last song in and played it for my fucking eighth-grade history class, and they were blown away. They were like, "Whoa, this is kind of cool." This is back when hip-hop was really starting to take over. And I was like, "Hold on. Hip-hop is cool, but check this out. These guys are singing about history." And my teacher let this happen. It was like a fucking seven-minute tune. It was either that, or they let me do [Iron Maiden's 1984 rendition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem] "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," and they certainly weren't gonna let me do that. It was perfect, man. It was really, really good.