STRYPER Frontman MICHAEL SWEET Talks "Soldiers Under Command" - "The Song Has A Little Bit Of A JUDAS PRIEST Vibe To It"
July 31, 2019, a year ago
Stryper frontman Michael Sweet was recently interviewed by the Australian Rock Show podcast ahead of some solo acoustic shows in Australia in November.
When asked about the background history of Stryper's 1985 single "Soldiers Under Command", Sweet offered the following:
"It was written specifically for that record (of the same name). We had been playing a number of those songs out in public for quite a while before we recorded them. So, when we went into record with (producer) Michael Wagener we wound up just banging those songs out. Robert (Sweet) tracked the drums in a day, a day and a night, we tracked the guitars in a few days, bass in a few days and then background vocals in a day and lead vocals in a few days - and then it got mixed, so it was a very quick process because we knew what we were doing . I remember Michael Wagner just kind of smiling through it all and saying after we'd do a take, 'Yeah perfect, I don't know what else to say that's great' and it just really went well.'
The song itself has a little bit of a Judas Priest vibe to it; we're huge Judas Priest fans, especially me. Judas Priest really changed my life musically, Priest and Van Halen, those two bands and I think you hear flavors of that in that song in particular. It was just a great opportunity and then lyrically it's talking about how we are soldiers under God's command - you know kind of lays out what Stryper's all about in the lyrics."