"Innocence Is No Excuse" is the seventh studio album by heavy metal band Saxon released in 1985 It is the group's first album for EMI after a falling-out with their previous label, Carrere Records.


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Saxon is a British heavy metal band that formed in 1977. They are known for their powerful, guitar-driven sound and their energetic live performances. "Innocence Is No Excuse" is one of the band's most successful albums, released in 1986.

Saxon emerged during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They quickly established themselves as one of the leading bands in the genre, with a string of successful albums and singles. The band's lineup has undergone numerous changes over the years, but has always been anchored by vocalist Biff Byford and guitarist Paul Quinn.

"Innocence Is No Excuse" was Saxon's twelfth studio album and their first with new guitarist Graham Oliver. The album was produced by Simon Hanhart and recorded at Hook End Manor Studios in Oxfordshire, England. It was released on the EMI label in 1986 and received critical acclaim for its powerful riffs and catchy hooks.

"Innocence Is No Excuse" is a 12" LP vinyl album that features ten tracks of classic heavy metal. The album kicks off with "Rockin' Again," a fast-paced anthem that sets the tone for the rest of the record.

"Innocence Is No Excuse" is a classic album that showcases Saxon's talents as one of the premier heavy metal bands of the 1980s. The album is characterized by its powerful guitar riffs, memorable choruses, and impressive musicianship. It remains a favorite among fans of classic heavy metal and is a must-have for any serious collector of vinyl albums.

This album "SAXON - Innocence is NO Excuse" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photos

Music Genre:

  NWOBHM - New Wave Of British Heavy Metal 

Production information:

The album: "SAXON - Innocence is NO Excuse" was produced by: Simon Hanhart

This album was recorded at: Union Studios, Munich , Germany

Mixed by SImon Hanhart and Saxon and Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Holland

Album cover design: Nigel THomas, Bill Smith Studio

Album cover photography: Frank Griffin & Gered Mankowit

Record Label Information:

  EMI Parlophone 1C 064-24 0400 1

Media Format:

  12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

  1986 Made in Germany
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: SAXON - Innocence is NO Excuse
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Biff Byford - Vocals

      Biff Byford (real-name: Peter Rodney Byford) born in the year 1951 in Skelmanthorpe, Win England. Lead singer in the bands “Son of a Bitch” from 1977 until 1978, followed by being lead-singer in the SAXON band

     Byford formed Saxon in 1977 and has been a constant member of the band ever since. Over the years, Saxon has become one of the most influential bands in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, and Byford's powerful voice and charismatic stage presence have been a key part of their success.

    In addition to his work with Saxon, Byford has also worked on various solo projects and collaborated with other musicians. He has been widely recognized for his contributions to the heavy metal genre, and has been referred to as one of the most influential heavy metal singers of all time.

    Byford is known for his unique vocal style, which features a blend of powerful and melodic singing, and his distinctive stage presence and energy have made him a popular figure among heavy metal fans around the world.

  • Graham Oliver - Guitar

      Graham Oliver a guitarist and bass player , born in 1952 Mexborough, England. He was founding member and one of the main song-writer in the British Heavy Metal band Saxon. He started his career around 1975 in a band called “Son of a Bitch”.

  • Paul Quinn - Guitar

      Paul Quinn (full-name: Paul Anthony Quinn) is one of original founding members of Saxon and started in the Coast and "Son Of Bitch Bands"

  • Steve Dawson - Bass

      Steve "Dobby" Dawson was born in 1952 , bass guitar player and one of the founding members of the British Heavy Metal band “SAXON”

  • Pete Gill - Drums

      Pete Gill - Drums, one of the co-founders of the British bands: "Son Of A Bitch" and "Saxon", he has played drums in two major British Heavy Metal bands: "Saxon" and "Motorhead" .

Complete Track-listing of the album "SAXON - Innocence is NO Excuse"

The detailed tracklist of this record "SAXON - Innocence is NO Excuse" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Rockin' Again
  2. Call of the Wild
  3. Back om the Streets
  4. Devil Rides Out
  5. Rock 'n' Roll Gipsy
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Broken Heroes
  2. Gonna Shout
  3. Everbody Up
  4. Raise Some Hell
  5. Give it Everything You've Got

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Front Cover Photo Of SAXON - Innocence is NO Excuse
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Close up of record's label SAXON - Innocence is NO Excuse Side One


Saxon: Revving Up the New Wave of British Heavy Metal - A Discography

SAXON Band Information:

Saxon was a British heavy metal band that emerged in the late 1970s and went on to achieve considerable success during the 1980s. The band, which consisted of Biff Byford on vocals, Graham Oliver and Paul Quinn on guitar, Steve Dawson on bass, and Nigel Glockler on drums, was known for their high-energy performances, catchy hooks, and hard-driving riffs.

During the early 1980s, Saxon released a string of successful albums, including "Wheels of Steel" (1980), "Strong Arm of the Law" (1980), and "Denim and Leather" (1981). These albums established Saxon as one of the leading bands in the new wave of British heavy metal, alongside bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard.

One of the defining characteristics of Saxon's music during this period was their use of twin guitar harmonies, a technique popularized by Thin Lizzy and used by many of the leading metal bands of the time. This technique was particularly prominent on songs like "Princess of the Night" and "And the Bands Played On," both of which became fan favorites and staples of the band's live shows.

Saxon's success during the 1980s was not limited to the UK. The band was also popular in the US, where they toured extensively and made a number of high-profile appearances on shows like "The Merv Griffin Show" and "American Bandstand." Their popularity in the US was helped by the fact that they had a sound that was more accessible than some of their contemporaries, with a heavy emphasis on melody and catchy hooks.

Despite their success, Saxon was not without their share of controversies during the 1980s. One of the most notable of these was their decision to play a show in apartheid-era South Africa in 1981, which led to widespread criticism and accusations of racism. The band defended their decision, stating that they did not support apartheid and that their primary motivation was to play for their fans in the country. However, the controversy led to a boycott of the band in some countries, and they were banned from performing in New Zealand and Australia for several years.

There have been several controversies surrounding the English rock band Saxon throughout their career. Here are a few notable ones:

"Denim and Leather" controversy: In 1981, Saxon released their album "Denim and Leather" which paid tribute to their fans and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene. However, the album cover featured a photo of two young boys wearing denim and leather jackets, which some critics and fans felt was inappropriate and exploitative. The band defended the cover, saying it was meant to symbolize the next generation of metal fans.

"Crusader" controversy: In 1984, Saxon released their album "Crusader" which had a title track that was accused of promoting Christian crusades and religious intolerance. The band denied these allegations and said the song was meant to be about standing up for one's beliefs.

Nigel Glockler's firing: In 1987, Saxon fired their drummer Nigel Glockler due to creative differences. This caused a rift in the band and led to several lineup changes over the years.

Graham Oliver's departure: In 1995, Saxon parted ways with guitarist Graham Oliver, who sued the band over trademark infringement for continuing to use the Saxon name without his consent. The lawsuit was settled out of court, and Oliver went on to form his own version of Saxon.

"Solid Ball of Rock" artwork: In 1991, Saxon released their album "Solid Ball of Rock" which featured artwork that was accused of being sexist and objectifying women. The band defended the artwork, saying it was meant to be tongue-in-cheek and not to be taken seriously.

In addition to their controversies, Saxon also faced some internal tensions during the 1980s. One of the most significant of these was the departure of guitarist Graham Oliver in 1995, which was followed by a period of declining commercial success and changes in the band's lineup. However, Saxon remained a popular live act and continued to release new music throughout the 1990s and 2000s.