Friday, July 22, 2005

Iron Maiden Can Teach Us a Lot About the Battle of Britain

Mitch Berg got caught in a time warp, and is somehow managing to live blog the Battle of Britain some 60 years after it happened.

[Here, LearnedFoot pauses to allow the various "geek" jokes being murmured around the blogosphere to run their course.]

Fortunately for Mitch, Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris once stepped into a rift in the space-time continuum, got caught somewhere in time (sorry - inside joke - had to), and saw Mitch's 2005 live blog of a 1940s event. He then warped back to 1982 (or so) and penned the only heavy metal British patriotic anthem known to man - Aces High: a rollicking song about the Battle of Britain that, we now know, Harris meant to be a soundtrack for Mitch's Epic "Live" Blogging Event:

There goes the siren that warns of the air raid
Then comes the sound of the guns sending flak
Out for the scramble we've got to get airborne
Got to get up for the coming attack.

Jump in the cockpit and start up the engines
Remove all the wheelblocks there's no time to waste
Gathering speed as we head down the runway
Gotta get airborne before it's too late.

Running, scrambling, flying
Rolling, turning, diving, going in again
Run, live to fly, fly to live, do or die
Run, live to fly, fly to live. Aces high.

Move in to fire at the mainstream of bombers
Let off a sharp burst and then turn away
Roll over, spin round and come in behind them
Move to their blindsides and firing again.

Bandits at 8 O'clock move in behind us
Ten ME-109's out of the sun
Ascending and turning our spitfires to face them
Heading straight for them I press down my guns

Rolling, turning, diving
Rolling, turning, diving, going in again
Run, live to fly, fly to live, do or die
Run, live to fly, fly to live, Aces high.

Part two is up. If you are a history or WWII buff, this looks like it would be your thing: "first" person perspective complete with period and service-specific vernacular. Pretty interesting and innovative stuff. Kind of a digital-age version of that old radio show "You Are There".

Although Mitch doesn't help himself with the whole suspension-of-disbelief thing when he starts off with his character talking about his MacIntosh. (Note to Mitch: An Apple 2e would have gotten you closer to the time period.)

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