...CAUSE MEGADETH JUST RE-RELEASED PEACE SELLS… BUT WHO'S BUYING SUCKAZ!
Suspend your disbelief for the briefest of moments and let me tell you that the bass riff intro to MTV News in the mid-90's actually had an entire song to go with it. EVEN CRAZIER is that said song was the title track of the legendary 80's thrash album Peace Sells… But Who's Buying? Just recently the 25th anniversary of this iconic album has been celebrated with a multidisc re-release.
Peace Sells… but Who's Buying? ranks as my number two favorite Megadeth record, closely behind the flawless Rust in Peace (if anything, Rust in Peace has an unfair edge solely due to the fact that most of the band was actually somewhat sober during the majority of the recording process). The song Wake Up Dead starts the album out with on a perfect note and the following tracks relentlessly rip without reservation.
If you haven't picked up Peace Sells by now then this is your chance. Maybe, just maybe, Dave Mustaine will re-re-master this one in 2036 and put it out on some sort of futuristic multitrack audio medium involving magnetic fields stored in crystals with an insanely high sample rate. Regardless of this, a 45RPM 180-gram vinyl format will still be presumably available. Until such a future opportunity arises, however, I'd highly suggest you jump on the current offering.
Have I emphasized that Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine is a fascinating creature? Anyone who has paid as much as an iota of attention to his interviews should be able to quickly deduce that the man has this hilarious degree of elitism and personality that he cannot seem to help. In all honesty, though, it comes off as endearing. It is like he cannot help being the ultimate thrash god that he is.
This brings me to my next point: ever wanted to see Dave completely dominate one of Frank Zappa's spawn and George Clinton at Jeopardy?
Take careful notice to Mustainenstein's cocky attitude and ability to put waste to his competitors with a smirk on his face...
The guy got thrown out of Metallica for being too dangerous for christ's sake. As a result, Dave Mustaine managed to retain this hilariously lengthy grudge against the band for over a decade. Even on the "Behind the Music" Megadeth episode circa 2001 you can still observe Dave Mustaine making vaguely underhanded remarks about Kirk Hammett's playing ability. I couldn't make up this sort of epic-grade rivalry shit even if I tried.
Metallica's Kill 'Em All is a fantastic record on its own, but Mustaine contributed songwriting for several of its tracks contrasts sharply with the rest of the Metallica's works. The solos in "Four Horseman" are so Mustainey that it STANKS. For those unaware, the technical adjective for this is mustainky. If you ever take a listen to the No Life Til Leather demo (which features Dave Mustaine on the recording) and contrast it with the Kill 'Em All recording, the difference in technique and overall guitar presentation is quite significant. I'm not going to get into a masturbatory Hammett vs Mustaine pee-pee match, but there is definitely much to be said between the two interpretations of Dave's writing on those early Metallica tracks (there do exist a plethora of internet metalhead forums which will cater to this particular area of debate, in case you are interested).
Dave Mustaine is the quintessential B-celebrity of the heavy metal world. Once you get a feel for what a sassy character of a man that he truly is, then you'll begin to appreciate any time he makes a public appearance of any magnitude. Good luck finding anyone else who has OD'd as many times as he, has a black belt in Taekwondo, and managed to appear in a Daffy Duck cartoon all while having progressed thrash metal the way Mustaine has. Do yourself a favor and throw on a pair of ripped acid-wash jeans with a sleeveless t-shirt and cue up the Peace Sells… but Who's Buying? anniversary release this Friday night - you can thank me later.