Hangar 18 (song)

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"Hangar 18"
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Single by Megadeth
from the album Rust in Peace
ReleasedFebruary 4, 1991 (February 4, 1991)
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Length5:14
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Songwriter(s) Dave Mustaine
Producer(s)
Megadeth singles chronology
"Holy Wars...The Punishment Due"
(1990)
"Hangar 18"
(1991)
"Symphony of Destruction"
(1992)

"Hangar 18" is a song by American heavy metal band Megadeth from the 1990 album Rust in Peace . UFO conspiracy theories, or possibly Hangar 18 , the 1980 film based on those theories, inspired drummer Nick Menza to write the lyrics.[ citation needed ] Shortly thereafter, frontman Dave Mustaine composed the bulk of the music. The intro is a rapidly strummed version of the D minor arpeggio that Mustaine wrote for the Metallica instrumental track "The Call of Ktulu", which was the final Metallica song for which he was given writing credit. Hangar 18 is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, and it is speculated that an alien aircraft was brought there from Roswell in 1947. The song reached number #25 on the Irish Singles Chart, [2] also reached number #26 on the UK Singles Chart. [3]

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Rust in Peace is the fourth studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth, released on September 24, 1990 by Capitol Records. Following the departure of band members Jeff Young and Chuck Behler in 1989, Rust in Peace was the first album to feature guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza. Rust in Peace received universal acclaim from fans and critics, and was responsible for bringing Megadeth to the attention of a mainstream metal audience. It has been cited as one of the best thrash metal records of all time by publications such as Decibel and Kerrang!, and listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance at the 33rd Grammy Awards. At the 1991 Foundations Forum, it won a Concrete Foundations Award for Top Radio Album and the single Hangar 18 won Top Radio Cut.

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The song is also particular in that the bass uses a different tuning from the two lead guitars, the bass being in Drop D while the guitars are in standard tuning.

Drop D tuning

Drop D tuning is an alternative form of guitar tuning in which the lowest (sixth) string is tuned down from the usual E of standard tuning by one whole step to D. Drop D tuning, as well as other lowered altered tunings, are often used with the electric guitar in heavy metal music. It is also used in blues, country, folk, and classical guitar.

A sequel to this song called "Return to Hangar" was included on Megadeth's ninth album The World Needs a Hero . It tells the fictional story of the life-forms said to be contained in Hangar 18 coming back to life and killing those inside the building before escaping.[ citation needed ]

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Music video

The "Hangar 18" video is themed after the song's lyrical concept. It depicts the torture of aliens and, at the end, shows all the band members in freezing chambers. The video was shot in San Pedro, Los Angeles at a Water & Power building. Coincidentally, the band would film the video for "Crush 'Em" on this same site nine years later. [6] An edited version of "Hangar 18" is typically shown on MTV2 which has the song length cut down drastically. During the intro to the video the song "Dawn Patrol" from the Rust in Peace album can be heard in the background.

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Covers

"Hangar 18" since its launch has had few covers sung by other artists, most of all, included in those tribute albums to the band. The group Fairlight covered the song on the albums of various artists Megaded: A Tribute to Megadeth in 1999 and This Is the News! The Megadeth Tribute in 2007. [7] The Metal Allstars covered the song from album Megadeth Tribute in 2007. [8] The String Tribute Players also covered the song in 2009 from album Megadeth String Tribute. [9] The band DeadXheaD has also covered the song. The bands Necropolis, Deathinition, Lateralis, Rust in Beer, Rattledeth and Dirty Black covered the song live. A cover version was featured in the video games Guitar Hero II and Band Fuse.

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Track listing

  1. "Hangar 18" (AOR Edit) – 3:17
  2. "Hangar 18" (LP Version) – 5:14
  3. "The Conjuring" (Live) – 5:06
  4. "Hook in Mouth" (Live) – 4:28

  Live tracks recorded at Wembley Stadium, London, England on October 14, 1990.

  1. "Hangar 18" – 5:11
  2. "Hangar 18" (Live) – 5:14
  3. "The Conjuring" (Live) – 5:06
  4. "Hook in Mouth" (Live) – 4:28

  Live tracks recorded at Wembley Stadium, London, England on October 14, 1990.

Charts

Chart (1991)Peak
position
European Hot 100 Singles (Music & Media) [12] 83
Finland (The Official Finnish Charts) [13] 29
Ireland (IRMA) [14] 25
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [15] 26

Personnel

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