Saxon

Back on the Streets EP

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Unlike virtually every British band of the 1980s (and beyond), Saxon were not prone to spicing up their singles and EPs with non-album tracks -- but then, they were signed to the tiny French label Carrere, which obviously failed to grasp the English record-buying public's huge interest in these potential collector's items. Sure enough, this oversight was immediately addressed when the New Wave of British Heavy Metal stalwarts signed with U.K. powerhouse EMI in 1985 and released their seventh album, Innocence Is No Excuse. The statement of intent called "Back on the Streets" was the second single drawn from said album, and its extended-play 12" featured one of the band's first and finest outtakes in the energetic "Live Fast, Die Young." Perhaps deemed a tad too negative for what was clearly intended to be Saxon's "comeback" LP, the song played well enough by most any other standards, and fulfilled its mission in helping the single become a highly sought-after collectable.