PRAYING MANTIS Cheated (1980 UK 7″ vinyl double pack also featuring Thirty Pieces Of Silver & a bonus live 7″ featuring Flirting With Suicide & Panic In The Streets recorded live at The Marquee, gatefold picture sleeve, ARIST378).
2. Thirty Pieces Of Silver
1. Flirting With Suicide
2. Panic In The Streets
Tino Troy (G,V)
Chris Troy (B,V)
Dave Potts (D)
Steve Carroll (G,V)
“Captured City” was the bands first single, and on the actual record is credited to brothers Chris and Tino Troy (under their real surname Neophytou), although the lyrics were actually supplied by a friend, Paul Williamson.
On October 31, 1979, Praying Mantis recorded a session for the November 9 edition of BBC Radios The Friday Rock Show. The tracks they put down were “Johnny Cool”, “Lovers To The Grave” and the uptempto commercial “Captured City”, a song that more than any of their recordings has stood the test of time.
“Captured City” appeared on Metal For Muthas, Volume I; this take used a session drummer who had only two and a half hours to learn the arrangement, and runs to 5 minutes 31 seconds. It was also released on Ripper Records backed by “Johnny Cool”. The single was produced by the band and Alan Leeming.
Although it was dated 1979, it was actually released on February 15, 1980, and according to the band, sold fifteen thousand copies in less than three weeks.
They also offer the following anecdote from M.G. MacMillan:
“Captured city appeared unintentionally on the Heavy Metal records ‘NWOBHM’ retrospective compilation LP in 1991. Credited on the sleeve as ‘Ambitions’ by Dragster, I’m reliably informed that this is a unique version! How this happened is a complete mystery, since PM were never signed to Heavy Metal at any point and they didn’t have the rights to this track. Bizarre, to say the least.”
Excellent indeed, one of their best from the 80s and even with a motive (opening riff) parroted later by Maiden for 2 Minutes to Midnight… Its a real SHAME it didn’t originally appear on Time Tells No? Lies.