Bruce Dickinson: Tattooed Millionaire



ON THIS DATE (22 YEARS AGO)

May 8, 1990 – Bruce Dickinson: Tattooed Millionaire is released.
# ALL THINGS MUSIC PLUS+ 4/5
# allmusic 4/5
Tattooed Millionaire is the first solo album by Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, released on this date in May 1990.
The album project began when Dickinson was asked to record a song for A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, and so wrote “Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter”. Collaborating with future Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers, Dickinson began creating a solo album which was fundamentally different from his works with Iron Maiden, sounding much more rock-oriented. “Bring your Daughter…” wasn’t included on the original release, as Iron Maiden planned to record an alternate version for their 1990 album No Prayer for the Dying, which went on to become the band’s only number one single to date.
REVIEW
by Alex Henderson, allmusic
In 1990, Bruce Dickinson launched his solo career with Tattooed Millionaire, which is far from a carbon copy of his work with Iron Maiden. Many of the fans who knew him as Maiden’s lead vocalist assumed that this solo debut would be Maiden-like — they expected an album of aggressive yet melodic fantasy metal in the Maiden/Ronnie James Dio/Black Sabbath vein. But Tattooed Millionaire found Dickinson favoring more of a hard rock/pop-metal approach. This album is full of glossy and lighthearted pop-metal that wouldn’t be out of place on an album by Winger, Bon Jovi, or Def Leppard. “Lickin’ the Gun” is more Aerosmith than King Diamond, and “Son of a Gun” is more Bad Company than Candlemass. And while some Maiden worshipers might prefer to hear Dickinson singing fantasy metal, the fact is that Tattooed Millionaire is excellent. With this album, Dickinson did what fellow Brit Rob Halford did on some of Judas Priest’s more commercial and pop-influenced releases — he showed listeners another side of himself and demonstrated that he wasn’t obligated to embrace fantasy metal 100 percent of the time. For Dickinson, coming out with something more pop-minded didn’t mean being contrived or unimaginative. Tattooed Millionaire, for all its pop-metal gloss, has a lot of guts, and Dickinson is consistently inspired whether he is embracing original material or providing a memorable remake of David Bowie’s “All the Young Dudes.” On subsequent solo efforts like 1994’s Balls to Picasso and 1998’s The Chemical Wedding, the British vocalist got back to fantasy metal. But he seemed to need a break from it in 1990, and Tattooed Millionaire turned out to be a most pleasant surprise.
TRACKS:
All songs written and composed by Bruce Dickinson and Janick Gers, except where noted.
1.            “Son of a Gun”                  5:55
2.            “Tattooed Millionaire”  4:28
3.            “Born in ’58”       3:40
4.            “Hell on Wheels”              3:39
5.            “Gypsy Road”    4:02
6.            “Dive! Dive! Dive!”          4:41
7.            “All the Young Dudes” (David Bowie)      3:50
8.            “Lickin’ the Gun”              3:17
9.            “Zulu Lulu”          3:28
10.          “No Lies” (Dickinson)      6:17

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