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The Entire Population of Hackney is the name used for a project featuring members of Iron Maiden, FM and Urchin that played two concerts in 1985. It is also the name used for a bootleg recording of the first show. It is most notable for being the spark that would lead to Adrian Smith forming his ASAP project later on and ultimately his split with Iron Maiden in 1990 (He returned in 1999 and has since remained a member of the band, although he has pursued other projects). It is also notable for leading to the first Iron Maiden recording without the current lead singer on lead vocals.

The Entire Population of Hackney (a.k.a. The Sherman Tankers)
Years active1985
Associated actsThe Untouchables
Psycho Motel
Iron Maiden



At the end of the 1985 World Slavery Tour, Iron Maiden took six months off, when Nicko McBrain's frustration of not playing after winding down from an extensive Iron Maiden tour and looking at a six-month break, drove him to rent a rehearsal studio and invite Adrian Smith along to jam. The two invited more friends including: Dave Colwell (the one who wrote "Reach Out"), Visage guitarist Andy Barnett [1] as well as Martin Connoly, a friend of McBrain's who also played in Marshall Fury. Colwell and Barnett were both members of an early line-up of the band FM at the time "That Girl" was written in 1984 by Barnett with bassist Merv Goldsworthy and drummer Pete Jupp. It was this early version of the song which was performed by The Entire Population of Hackney and later covered by Iron Maiden, whilst FM re-wrote parts of their song for inclusion on their 1986 debut album Indiscreet.[2]

McBrain arranged two gigs one under the name The Entire Population of Hackney and the other under the name The Sherman Tankers. The audience recording called The Entire Population of Hackney was taken from the first show; Bruce Dickinson, Dave Murray and Steve Harris joined the band on stage only for the encores.[3] Their set includes songs from all the members and some covers from Bob Seger and ZZ Top.

The result of this short break from Iron Maiden was that three of the songs featured in the setlist would be later used on two Iron Maiden singles. "Reach Out" featured on "Wasted Years" and "Juanita" and "That Girl" featured on "Stranger in a Strange Land".[4]

Set list (first show)Edit

The Entire Population of Hackney
Live album by
RecordedMarquee Club, London, England, 19 December 1985.
GenreBootleg recording
  1. EastEnders theme/"Juanita" - 4:32 (Marshall Fury cover)
  2. "See Me Through" - 3:22 (A track played by Urchin. Original by James Buster Band)
  3. "Reach Out" - 3:36 (Written by Dave Colwell for the project)
  4. "Chevrolet" - 3:38 (ZZ Top cover (not Stray Dog). Recorded in 1972 for Rio Grande Mud album)
  5. "Lady" - 6:55 (An Urchin song, released only in 2010 (as "My Lady") on the album High Roller, by High Roller Records)
  6. "Silver and Gold" - 6:21 (Later used with ASAP. Proceeded by an early version of "Walking on Glass", a guitar solo Iron Maiden would use on the Somewhere in Time tour)
  7. "That Girl" - 5:06 (Composed by the first instance of FM band with Andy Barnett on. Its original form appears on American Girls single)
  8. "Fighting Man" - 5:33 (Written by Andy Barnett and Dave Colwell for the project. Later appeared on the ASAP single, Silver and Gold)
  9. "School Days" (with extended drum solo) - 5:51 (Originally written by Colwell for his band 720. Later appeared on the ASAP single, Down the Wire)
  10. "When She's Gone" - 5:30 (written by Adrian Smith, later appeared on the ASAP single Down the Wire. On bootlegs it is wrongly titled as "She's Gone").
  11. "Try" - 4:06 (Written by Kenny Mountain, who also co-wrote Rainbow's Gold)
  12. "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)" - 4:11 (from Iron Maiden's Powerslave) (Steve Harris and Dave Murray enter the stage)
  13. "2 Minutes To Midnight" - 6:11 (from Iron Maiden's Powerslave) (Bruce Dickinson enters the stage)
  14. "Rosalie" - 4:33 (Bob Seger cover)
  15. "Tush" - 4:29 (ZZ Top cover)

Credits (first show)Edit

(On the bootleg, included beneath each member is a list of bands that each were in that had songs played at this concert.)


  1. ^ Kathy's Zak Starkey Site: A.S.a.P - Adrian Smith & Project
  2. ^ "About FM: Q&A with Pete Jupp". FM Official - The Home of British Rock Band FM. Retrieved 31 August 2015. Yes Maiden's version was the original arrangement we did in the "Andy Goes to Canada" line-up with Andy Barnett, Dave Lloyd and Dave Colwell before Steve and Chris were in the band. We rewrote the chorus early on after the Overlands came on board. It was one of the four songs that got us the CBS deal.
  3. ^ Iron maiden: The Entire population of Hackney
  4. ^ The Iron Maiden Commentary