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Ye Olde Metal: Fastway's Fastway 1.0

By Chris Pike

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This app tells the story of the making of Fastway’s 1983 self-titled debut album.

Fastway launched a scorching, shimmery patch of proto-classic rock in the form of a self-titled debut that was a big wide smile on what was otherwise a serious new metal landscape.

The app’s author, Martin Popoff, explains:

“Fastway's self-titled first is just a shockingly good stadium rock record with just enough raw to keep it one foot in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. This is the story of its making and the birth of the band, as told by lead singer Dave King, drummer Jerry Shirley and a l'il Pete "Way" Way and Biff Byford thrown in for spice.

“I had a particular fondness toward writing this one up, as one of the coolest earliest big city (well, b-city, Spokane), concerts I ever saw was Fastway backing Saxon backing the mighty Maiden, right at the latter's creative apex.

“Plus meeting Dave King, transformed into a sort of Pogue and touring his successful and highly creditable Flogging Molly band... well, he's probably the only autographs on my Fastway collection I'll ever see.

“Icing on the cake for this short (but cheap at a buck!) smile back a while... some sweet Rich Galbraith live photos and all manner of memorabilia shot, helping bring the story to life, at least, one hopes, lively enough to make you scurry away and re-play this fine and fiery record.”

The Fastway’s Fastway app stems from an as-yet-unpublished Ye Olde Metal “essay” or “chapter,” Ye Olde Metal being a series of five books thus far, examining albums from 1968 through 1978, in detailed, one-per-chapter format.

Martin Popoff has penned 39 books on hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock and record collecting. Martin currently resides in Toronto and can be reached through HYPERLINK "" or HYPERLINK ""

The Fastway’s Fastway app is a universal app that is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The app has layouts that have been specifically optimised for iPhone and for iPad.

Look out for other apps and eBooks in the Ye Olde Metal single-album series including Y&T’s Black Tiger, Motörhead’s Overkill, Bad Company’s Desolation Angels, Whitesnake’s Ready An’ Willing and Gillan’s Glory Road.


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Ye Olde Metal: Fastway's Fastway 1.0
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $0.99
  • Category: Music
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 20.8 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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