Angry Again

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"Angry Again"
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Single by Megadeth
from the album Last Action Hero: Music from the Original Motion Picture and Hidden Treasures
ReleasedJune 14, 1993 [1]
Recorded1993
Genre Heavy metal
Length3:47
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Dave Mustaine
Producer(s) Dave Mustaine, Max Norman
Megadeth singles chronology
"Skin o' My Teeth"
(1992)
"Angry Again"
(1993)
"Train of Consequences"
(1994)

"Angry Again" is a 1993 heavy metal song by Megadeth, written by frontman Dave Mustaine. The song was written exclusively for inclusion in the 1993 satirical action film Last Action Hero , directed by John McTiernan which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, and appeared on the film's soundtrack. [2] "Angry Again" never appeared on any of the band's official studio albums, but appeared first on their 1995 EP Hidden Treasures and several later compilations. [3]

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Megadeth American heavy metal band

Megadeth is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson formed the band in 1983 shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. Along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer, Megadeth is one of the "big four" of American thrash metal, responsible for its development and popularization. Their music features complex arrangements and fast rhythm sections, and lyrical themes of death, war, politics, and religion.

Dave Mustaine American musician

David Scott Mustaine is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He is best known as the co-founder, lead vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter of the American heavy metal band Megadeth, as well as the original lead guitarist of the American band Metallica.

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The song was a financial success and charted well and was well received by critics. [4] It was nominated for "Best Metal Performance" at the 1993 Grammy Awards, which was the band's fourth consecutive nomination in the category. [5] The song became a fan favorite and continues to be played live at a semi-regular basis. [6] [7]

Development

Dave Mustaine wrote the song in one day. The lyrics were written while half asleep listening to the melody of "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by The Clash. [8] Angry Again" was initially recorded during the Countdown to Extinction tour but wasn't actually featured on the album.[ citation needed ] When Dave wrote the song, he was angry with his band, promoters, and a lot of different parts of the organization, and continued having some problems with drugs again. The culmination of his stress problems inspired him to write the song, which was appropriately titled "Angry Again". [8] According to Dave Mustaine himself, he wrote the song during a spur of the moment; "I wrote 'Angry Again' right after I got out of a treatment center in Arizona. They had done one of those happy little 1990s interventions where everybody who's not loaded gets to point the finger at everyone who is. And the day I got out of rehab, they threw me into a studio in Phoenix where I wrote 'Angry Again' for the movie The Last Action Hero ." [9]

Should I Stay or Should I Go 1982 single by the Clash

"Should I Stay or Should I Go" is a song by the English punk rock band the Clash, from their album Combat Rock. It was written in 1981 and featured Mick Jones on lead vocals. It became the band's only number-one single on the UK Singles Chart, a decade after it was originally released. In November 2004, it was ranked at 228 on "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list. In 2009 it was ranked 42nd on VH1's program 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.

The Clash English punk band

The Clash were an English rock band formed in London in 1976 as a key player in the original wave of British punk rock. They have also contributed to the post-punk and new wave movements that emerged in the wake of punk and employed elements of a variety of genres including reggae, dub, funk, ska, and rockabilly. For most of their recording career, the Clash consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Joe Strummer, lead guitarist and lead vocalist Mick Jones, bassist Paul Simonon, and drummer Nicky "Topper" Headon. Headon left the group in 1982 and internal friction led to Jones' departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986.

<i>Countdown to Extinction</i> 1992 studio album by Megadeth

Countdown to Extinction is the fifth studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth, released on July 14, 1992, through Capitol Records. It was the group's second studio release to feature the "classic" lineup of Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, David Ellefson and Nick Menza, with all of them contributing to songwriting on the album. The album features some of the band's best known songs such as "Symphony of Destruction", "Sweating Bullets", and "Skin o' My Teeth", which enjoyed significant chart success and made a great musical impact.

The song was written for inclusion in the film Last Action Hero , which was expected to be a blockbuster. The film had followed the success of Arnold Schwarzenegger's previous film, Terminator 2: Judgment Day , and was directed by John McTiernan, the film-maker behind popular films like Predator , Die Hard , and The Hunt for Red October , and had a $85 million production budget. [10] The film, however, was viewed as a large financial disappointment in its theatrical release, earning only $137,298,489 worldwide and was considered a flop. [11] Though panned by several critics, [12] [13] the film became a cult classic several years later. [14]

<i>Last Action Hero</i> 1993 American film directed by John McTiernan

Last Action Hero is a 1993 American fantasy action-comedy film directed and produced by John McTiernan. It is a satire of the action genre and associated clichés, containing several parodies of action films in the form of films within the film. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Jack Slater, a Los Angeles police detective within the Jack Slater action film franchise, while Austin O'Brien co-stars as Danny Madigan, a boy magically transported into the Slater universe, and Charles Dance as Benedict, a ruthless assassin from the Slater universe who escapes to the real world. Schwarzenegger also served as the film's executive producer and plays himself as the actor portraying Jack Slater.

A blockbuster is a work of entertainment—especially a feature film, but also other media—that is highly popular and financially successful. The term has also come to refer to any large-budget production intended for "blockbuster" status, aimed at mass markets with associated merchandising, sometimes on a scale that meant the financial fortunes of a film studio or a distributor could depend on it.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Austrian-American actor, businessman, bodybuilder and politician

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American politician, actor, filmmaker, businessman, author, and former professional bodybuilder. He served as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.

Despite the financial failure of the film itself, its soundtrack was very popular, featuring popular hits like "Big Gun" by AC/DC, which was a number one on Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, [15] "What the Hell Have I" by Alice in Chains, and songs by Anthrax, Aerosmith, Buckethead, Queensrÿche and Def Leppard. [8] "Big Gun", by AC/DC was however nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song, but lost to "Whoomp! (There It Is)" from Addams Family Values . [16] Megadeth's song "Angry Again" charted on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart as well, at number 18, [4] and was the best received song on the album in terms of critical reception. [5]

Big Gun single

"Big Gun" is a song by Australian rock band AC/DC. It was released as a single in 1993 and can be heard on the soundtrack to the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Last Action Hero, as well as during reruns of the Savage Nation talk show as bumper music. It was later released on the 2009 box set Backtracks. It became the band's first No. 1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart in 1993.

AC/DC Australian hard rock band formed in Sydney in 1973

AC/DC are an Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1973 by Scottish-born brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Their music has been variously described as hard rock, blues rock, and heavy metal; however, the band themselves describe their music as simply "rock and roll".

What the Hell Have I 1993 single by Alice in Chains

"What the Hell Have I" is a song by the American rock band Alice in Chains. It was originally featured on the soundtrack to the 1993 John McTiernan film Last Action Hero starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The song was released as a single and peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It was included on the compilation album Nothing Safe: Best of the Box (1999). A remixed version of the song was included on the compilation albums Music Bank (1999) and The Essential Alice in Chains (2006).

Reception

The album for Last Action Hero received good reviews, [8] and "Angry Again" received a nomination for "Best Metal Performance" at the 1993 Grammy Awards, the fourth consecutive nomination by the band, out of the eight nominations the band has received in total. [5] It was nominated against Iron Maiden's "Fear of the Dark", Suicidal Tendencies's "Institutionalized" and White Zombie "Thunder Kiss '65", losing the award to Ozzy Osbourne's "I Don't Want to Change the World", which became Ozzy's first Grammy win. [5] Megadeth continued to be nominated two more times in a row and was later nominated five more times in total, tying them as the most nominated band in the category, with Metallica. [5]

Iron Maiden English heavy metal band

Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The band's discography has grown to thirty-nine albums, including sixteen studio albums, twelve live albums, four EPs, and seven compilations.

Fear of the Dark (song) song by Iron Maiden

"Fear of the Dark" is a song by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. Written by Steve Harris, the band's bass player and primary songwriter, it serves as the title track to Iron Maiden's 1992 album Fear of the Dark.

Suicidal Tendencies American crossover thrash band

Suicidal Tendencies are an American crossover thrash band formed in 1980 in Venice, California by vocalist Mike Muir, who is the only remaining original member of the band. Along with D.R.I., Corrosion of Conformity, and Stormtroopers of Death, they are often credited as one of "the fathers of crossover thrash". Their current lineup includes Muir, guitarists Dean Pleasants and Ben Weinman, bassist Ra Díaz and drummer Dave Lombardo. Notable musicians who have contributed to the band's studio or live activities include guitarists Rocky George and Mike Clark, bassists Louiche Mayorga, Robert Trujillo, Josh Paul and Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner, and drummers Amery Smith, Jimmy DeGrasso, Brooks Wackerman, David Hidalgo Jr., Thomas Pridgen and session musician Josh Freese.

The song became a live staple for Megadeth in the '90s, and appeared on the 1995 EP Hidden Treasures which debuted at 90 on the Billboard 200 and featured two additional Grammy nominated songs by Megadeth. [3] It developed a fan following within the Megadeth community and became a fan favorite, being featured on the 2005 album Greatest Hits: Back to the Start . Fans voted on the track listing on the album, and "Angry Again" came in at number five, beating out more well known songs like "Hangar 18" and "Symphony of Destruction". [6] It also appeared on further compilations, such as That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires , Arsenal of Megadeth , Anthology: Set the World Afire and Warchest . [17] It continues to be played live even today, and remains a semi-regular staple, praised for Mustaine's unique vocal performance. [7]

Music video

"Angry Again" received a music video, directed by Wayne Isham, who directed several other Megadeth videos, including "Train of Consequences", "Sweating Bullets", "99 Ways to Die" and "Symphony of Destruction". [18] The video, which was played heavily by MTV, contains shots of each of the band members, in very foggy and atmospheric shots, and is intercut with shots of Last Action Hero . The video promoted the song, band, and the film. [19]

Charts

Chart (1993)Peak
position
US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard ) [20] 18

Personnel

See also

Notes

  1. Russell, Deborah (May 22, 1993). "Sony in Overdrive For 'Hero' Tie-Ins". Billboard . p. 122. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  2. Birchmeier, Jason (2004-08-08). "Last Action Hero Original Soundtrack". Allmusic . Retrieved 2010-11-09.
  3. 1 2 Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2004-08-16). "Hidden Treasures". Allmusic . Retrieved 2010-11-09.
  4. 1 2 "Megadeth > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic . Macrovision . Retrieved January 5, 2009.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 "Awards Database". Los Angeles Times . Retrieved March 26, 2009.
  6. 1 2 Jason Birchmeier (2005-06-28). "Greatest Hits: Back to the Start [Bonus DVD]". Allmusic . Retrieved 2010-11-09.
  7. 1 2 Andrew Bansal (2010-11-06). "MEGADETH Enthralls Arizona With Last North American Show Of The Year". Metalassault.com. Archived from the original on 10 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
  8. 1 2 3 4 "23 Questions With Dave Mustaine, 9/4/01 - Metal Sludge". Archived from the original on 2018-07-25. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  9. "DAVE MUSTAINE Talks About Songwriting Process For New Album". Blabbermouth.net . 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  10. Pristin, Terry (1993-06-30). "'Last Action': Too Many Heroes? : Big-Name Star, Director and Writers--So What Happened?". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  11. "'Hero' Fails To Conquer Box Office". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  12. "Last Action Hero". Variety. 1992-12-31. Retrieved 2010-10-28.
  13. Canby, Vincent (1993-06-18). "Review/Film: Last Action Hero; A Hero Within and Without". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  14. Andersen, Kurt (1993-07-05). "How To Run a Movie Studio". Time. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  15. "AC/DC Billboard Singles". Allmusic . Retrieved 2008-04-04.
  16. "1994 Razzies". IMDb . 2004. Retrieved 2010-11-09.
  17. "MEGADETH: 'Warchest' Box Set Due In October". Blabbermouth.net. 2008. Retrieved 2010-11-09.
  18. "Wayne Isham's IMDb page". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2010-10-15.
  19. "Megadeth-Angry Again". YouTube . Retrieved 2010-10-15.
  20. "Megadeth Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.

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