Bruce Dickinson – Tattooed Millionaire (Review)

Bruce Dickinson – Tattooed Millionaire (1990)

The release of Bruce Dickinson’s first solo album,1990’s Tattooed Millionaire, didn’t represent the fulfillment of some pent-up creative ambition. Instead, an offer to record a track for Nightmare On Elm Street 5 turned into an opportunity for the Iron Maiden frontman to have some simple fun recording an album with his drinking pal, jobless ex-Gillan guitarist Janick Gers. Unsurprisingly, it’s a bit of a throwaway effort. The title track is upbeat and infectious but pub rockers like Lickin’ The Gun and Zulu Lulu prove every bit as unremarkable as their titles and album nadir Dive! Dive! Dive! is just too silly (“no muff too tuff”). But the album gets evocative and personal on the excellent Born In ’58, the dusty Bad Company-esque opener Son Of A Gun is one of my favourite Bruce tracks and there’s a sense of fun and warmth in the band’s unpretentious approach. So, while far from a classic, time has been kind to Tattooed Millionaire, especially its stronger first half. I return to this album any time I want a bit of nostalgic summery fun.

HMO Rating : 3 Out Of 5

My copy – Reissue CD with bonus disc

39 thoughts on “Bruce Dickinson – Tattooed Millionaire (Review)”

      1. I love Mott but I’m not a huge fan of that one. It’s just OK. I think he could have picked a cooler song to do. And Bring Your Daughter… would have been great on this! That would have bumped it up to a 4 for sure.

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  1. I remember reviewing this for my school paper. This was the first music writing I ever did. Wanting to get ahead of the curve I reviewed the single and it’s B-Sides as if they were album tracks. No one noticed because I don’t think anyone ever read it but I learned a lesson. Never bullshit in your writing. It’ll make you feel bad. And I never have since. There was a live VHS of the tour that had Bring Your Daughter In it too. All good fun as you say.

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  2. No Muff to Tuff!
    Yeah, this is a decent album. I’ll go half a point more and say 3.5. Pretty decent slice of hard rock. Born in 58 is brilliant. That chorus is killer! The live video is excellent. Gers is off prancing and kicking up a good time and he can’t behind any other guitarists on stage to prance about so he actually pulls it off!
    Great review Sir!

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