Margaret Hilda Thatcher was born on 13 October 1925, in Grantham, Lincolnshire. A Merkel before Merkel, in fact frau Angela is a tiny personality in front of Margie, a woman that along with Reagan gave socialism a kick in the ass when the right infidel appeared from the other side. Mikhail Gorbachev acted like Ephialtes to complete the great treason. The woman that was given the famous nickname “The ‘Iron Lady’” by a Soviet journalist was the first British stateswoman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century. Her uncompromising politics and leadership style created Thatcherism, a term describing a cruel political platform emphasizing on free market, tax cuts on multinational corporations, marginalization of trade unions and concentration of power from local authorities to central government, dividing U.K. as the service sector and home ownership boomed (house prices also rose, climbing 32% in the year to March 1989), but manufacturing declined and unemployment rose. Still, Grantham isn’t known only as Thatcher’s birthplace. In 1980 Radio One conducted a survey to find Britain’s most boring town. And no, Sir Isaac Newton wasn’t born in Grantham even though it would fit as a boring place that Newton could do nothing better than sit waiting for an apple to fall on his head. still the enormous and most important scientist of his century (and one of the most influential of all time) was born (in Lincolnshire too, but) in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth. So to make a long-god-damn-story short, Grantham even though is boring as hell, still gave birth to a really great N.W.O.B.H.M. band too folks: Overdrive, which some may confuse with the Swedish Heavy Metal band with the same. British Overdrive formed in 1978. Their influences were no different from the other kids of their generation. Top of the Pops TV program hosted bands and Slade, T.Rex, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath. After some gigs that their own parents booked, Overdrive self-released their own music under their own label so successfully named ‘Boring Grantham Records’. First was a demo tape in 1978 with the tracks ‘All Day’, ‘Overdrive’ and ‘Once in a Dream Piebald Pinto’. This was limited to 50 copies. Next release was the legendary 7” single ‘On the Run’ that also included ‘Nightmare’ and ‘Stonehenge’. ‘On the Run’ originally was pressed in 500 copies out of which only 100 had a picture sleeve. The first 25 copies were signed by the band inside the cover. It was a couple of times re-issued: The Phoenix Records bootleg is limited to 250 copies in blue vinyl, while a CDr was officially released by the band and the most recent (and decent) was a CD single release by Skol Records that is a replica of the 7″ with the original artwork etc limited to 500 copies. Unfortunately their first studio full length was released in 1990! From the very beginning this album was doomed for a commercial disaster. No advertisement, NWOBHM literally dead for more than 6-7 years, Thrash metal was big, Hard Rock Poser was huge and a Grunge lava was coming to burn everything to the ground. Overdrive self released a studio album having a neat, raw production, no promotion, no advertising and the Press searching for the next Skid Row or the new Kurt Cobain. On the other hand all songs are well written N.W.O.B.H.M. hymns fuelled with extra passion, the thirst for creation and the will to play loud and proud Heavy Metal. The artwork was a grotesque sketch featuring the soon (back then) to leave the office prime minister ‘Iron Lady’. It wasn’t the first time a NWOBHM band used an anti-Thatcher artwork on its cover. Iron Maiden’s legendary 7” single Sanctuary that was released on 23 May 1980, showing Eddie wielding a knife while crouching over the corpse of Thatcher was such a bold statement that the conservative ideology of some of the band’s members could not overshadow. For sure we all know the so called rebellious nature of Heavy Metal and the rules of marketing in music and damn sure Rod Smallwood knew them from way before everybody, he almost invented them…The album has some really great moments, even though I can’t find a reason for a washy song like ‘Wisdom And Faith’ to be next to ‘Your Greasy Boyfriend’ with its excellent guitars or the groovy up-tempo ‘If Only’, the brilliant ‘ All Dogs Have Their Day’ with the catchy riff and the nice lyrics, the captivating ‘The Bed With The Broken Springs’, the speedy ‘Play It Hard’, the strong ‘Dishonest Words’ and the finest moment of the tracklisting and personal favorite ‘Diamonds And Pearls’. If you can’t wait for a future re-issue that I hope soon will be printed, try to find a precious copy of the LP (as it was originally limited to 1000 copies) in a reasonable price, or grab a CDr that was officially released (and is also available) by the band, but try to overlook its ugly artwork cover. Overdrive released another studio album in 1994, entitled ‘Home Sweet Home: A Day In The Life’ only in cassette and in CDr in 2007. Unfortunately the band was active in several periods (during 1977-1982, 1988-1994 and 2004 ‘till today) but not continuously, a factor that made things even more difficult for a commercial success. Since their reunion in 2004 Overdrive are enjoying a period where they delivered 3 studio albums (‘On Wizard Ridge’ in 2005, ‘Three Corners to Nowhere’ in 2006 and ‘The Final Nightmare’ in 2014), 2 live ones (‘Live & Raw’ in 2004 and its part 2 in 2006) and a compilation entitled ‘The Boring Grantham Record Years’ in 2007, plus shows and tours in Europe and the US. As Time seems to have a weird sense of humor in British shores, in 2011 Grantham was voted –once again- as “the most boring town in the UK” in the British newspaper Guardian!