Sunday, May 19, 2013

Judas Priest - The Hellion/Electric Eye

A few weeks ago, NBA player Jason Collins came out of the closet. It's a very courageous decision, considering that professional sports is the last safe haven of macho men in a constantly evolving society. Most players supported Collins publicly via Twitter, but it will be something else on the court next year. Considering that Collins is a marginal player on the wrong side of thirty, he might not even have a job next year.

Heavy Metal music is also a rugged subculture and during the eighties (arguably the finest decade in metal), nobody rocked harder than Judas Priest. They were Gods on the stage. Imagine the surprise of life-long Priest fans when frontman Rob Halford declare his homosexuality about a decade and a half ago. Worshipers of the band were confused. Truth is, Halford is a great rock n' roll mind and his sexual preferences have no bearing whatsoever on his ability to rock out. Press play for hard evidence.


Up here in space
I'm looking down on you.
My lasers trace
Everything you do.
You think you've private lives
Think nothing of the kind.
There is no true escape

I'm watching all the time.
I'm made of metal
My circuits gleam.
I am perpetual
I keep the country clean.

I'm elected electric spy
I protected electric eye.
Always in focus
You can't feel my stare.
I zoom into you
You don't know I'm there.
I take a pride in probing all your secret moves
My tearless retina takes pictures that can prove.

Electric eye, in the sky
Feel my stare, always there
's nothing you can do about it.
Develop and expose
I feed upon your every thought
And so my power grows.
Protected. Detective. Electric eye.


  1. I've covered my share of Priest tunes over the years. Frankly I was shocked that people were shocked when Rob came out. The guy has been a classic leatherman since the 70s. He wrote "Desert Plains", for Pete's sake!

    Great musician, great band.

  2. Yeah it seems a little obvious in perspective. Maybe it has something to do with girls all flashing their titties to him during Priest shows.