Fist – Name, Rank and Serial Number [Single] (1980)
1. “Name, Rank and Serial Number”
2. “You’ll Never Get Me Up (in One of Those)”
A single that has gone down in history as an all-time NWOBHM/NENWOBHM classic, Fist‘s debut release may sound antiquated to modern ears, but the rough edges of “Name, Rank and Serial Number” – spliced with an almost boogie-rock innocence – made this track an instant hit, and big things were predicted for a band who composed some of the catchiest choruses in the genre.
“You’ll Never Get Me Up In One Of Those” was no slouch either, although it did resemble a faster paced 70’s hard rock track than a purist moment in NWOBHM history. As B-Sides go though, this was solid stuff from a band who were pumped and primed to throw a fist at anyone who doubted their credentials!
Fist are still fighting the good fight and, in 2013, the band reformed with original members Harry “Hiroshima” Hill and Dave Irwin, plus Norman Appleby from the Back With A Vengeance period and former Blitzkrieg and Tygers of Pan Tang vocalist/guitarist Glenn S Howes.