Last we heard from Massachusetts' own 80HRTZ, he was producing "The Ghost of Route 44" as part of BRZOWSKI's 2019 odds-and-ends-style comp. BLooddrive, Vol. 4. Prior to that, 80 had produced a full-length album alongside fellow Bay Stater and emcee Purge dubbed WHERE THERE'S SMOKE... However, The Witzard regulars might remember 80HRTZ from his inexplicitly infectious genre-fusing remixes of The Misfits' "Astro Zombies" & Dead Kennedys' "California Über Alles" both premiered right here at The Witzard, respectively, featuring DJ Halo & Shortrock. Now, 80HRTZ has returned with his next similarly-minded remix concocted exclusively for The Witzard: Iron Maiden's fourteenth single, "Wasted Years." Maiden originally released "Wasted Years" in 1986 as the lead-off single from their then-upcoming synth-laden album, Somewhere In Time. 80HRTZ's "Wasted Years" fuses together Iron Maiden's beloved 80's Heavy Metal sound against his own unique Heavy/Melodic Hip-Hop stylings.
"Wasted Years" has since been repeatedly covered by Less Than Jake frontman Chris DeMakes, Ryan Adams, female-led tribute band The Iron Maidens, Dee Snider (Twisted Sister,) George Lynch, Bob Kulick & Jeff Pilson with Jason Bonham, and plenty more. 80HRTZ's "Wasted Years" remix, however, is vastly different from any of the aforementioned covers and features scratching, cuts, etc. from UK-based turntablist/producer Johnny Crump. In addition to "Wasted Years," 80HRTZ has recently uploaded a remix of B. Dolan's "Kitchen Sink" from Fallen House, Sunken City (2010) for a remix contest. 80HRTZ has previously concocted remixes of B. Dolan's "Earth Movers" & People's Choice Award-winning "Stay Inspired," as well as Aesop Rock, Ghostface Killah, Run The Jewels, and SHREDDERS. 80HRTZ's Iron Maiden "Wasted Years" Remix Feat. Johnny Crump is now streaming exclusively on The Witzard. Additionally, we've put together a Soundcloud playlist called 80HRTZ's Greatest Remixes Collection showcasing some of the aforementioned selections.