History Music / Megadeth

10th Sep '16 8:33:16 PM NotDaveMustaine
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[-[[caption-width-right:350: Current [[RevolvingDoorBand Megadeth lineup]]. L - R: Bassist [[TheLancer David Ellefson]], Drummer [[Music/{{Soilwork}} Dirk Verbeuren]], guitarist [[TheLeader Dave Mustaine]], and guitarist [[Music/{{Angra}} Kiko Loureiro]].]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:350: Current [[RevolvingDoorBand Megadeth lineup]]. L - R: Bassist [[TheLancer David Ellefson]], Drummer drummer [[Music/{{Soilwork}} Dirk Verbeuren]], guitarist [[TheLeader Dave Mustaine]], and guitarist [[Music/{{Angra}} Kiko Loureiro]].]]-]
10th Sep '16 8:33:01 PM NotDaveMustaine
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[-[[caption-width-right:350: Current [[RevolvingDoorBand Megadeth lineup]]. L - R: Drummer [[Music/{{Soilwork}} Dirk Verbeuren]], guitarist [[Music/{{Angra}} Kiko Loureiro]], guitarist [[TheLeader Dave Mustaine]], and bassist [[TheLancer David Ellefson]].]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:350: Current [[RevolvingDoorBand Megadeth lineup]]. L - R: Bassist [[TheLancer David Ellefson]], Drummer [[Music/{{Soilwork}} Dirk Verbeuren]], guitarist [[Music/{{Angra}} Kiko Loureiro]], guitarist [[TheLeader Dave Mustaine]], and bassist [[TheLancer David Ellefson]].guitarist [[Music/{{Angra}} Kiko Loureiro]].]]-]
10th Sep '16 8:31:27 PM NotDaveMustaine
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[-[[caption-width-right:350: Current [[RevolvingDoorBand Megadeth lineup]]. L - R: Drummer [[Music/Soilwork Dirk Verbeurent]], guitarist [[Music/{{Angra}} Kiko Loureiro]], guitarist [[TheLeader Dave Mustaine]], and bassist [[TheLancer David Ellefson]].]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:350: Current [[RevolvingDoorBand Megadeth lineup]]. L - R: Drummer [[Music/Soilwork [[Music/{{Soilwork}} Dirk Verbeurent]], Verbeuren]], guitarist [[Music/{{Angra}} Kiko Loureiro]], guitarist [[TheLeader Dave Mustaine]], and bassist [[TheLancer David Ellefson]].]]-]
10th Sep '16 8:30:49 PM NotDaveMustaine
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[-[[caption-width-right:350: [[RevolvingDoorBand Megadeth's lineup]] as of ''Dystopia''. L - R: Drummer [[Music/LambOfGod Chris Adler]], guitarist [[Music/{{Angra}} Kiko Loureiro]], guitarist [[TheLeader Dave Mustaine]], and bassist [[TheLancer David Ellefson]].]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:350: Current [[RevolvingDoorBand Megadeth's lineup]] as of ''Dystopia''. Megadeth lineup]]. L - R: Drummer [[Music/LambOfGod Chris Adler]], [[Music/Soilwork Dirk Verbeurent]], guitarist [[Music/{{Angra}} Kiko Loureiro]], guitarist [[TheLeader Dave Mustaine]], and bassist [[TheLancer David Ellefson]].]]-]
18th Aug '16 2:27:13 PM gewunomox
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** Surprisingly, this was subverted with ''[[http://images1.buymusichere.net/images/w/302/60302.jpg Countdown To Extinction]]'' even before Megadeth started to play the trope straight. The title track actually speaks out against [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canned_hunt canned hunting]] in this case, rather than being a WarIsHell song like several of the '80s tracks.
** There is a borderline example in the very first album, as "Skull Beneath The Skin" describes Vic Rattlehead (whose skull adorns the album cover).

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** Surprisingly, this was subverted with ''[[http://images1.buymusichere.net/images/w/302/60302.jpg Countdown To to Extinction]]'' even before Megadeth started to play the trope straight. The title track actually speaks out against [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canned_hunt canned hunting]] in this case, rather than being a WarIsHell song like several of the '80s tracks.
** There is a borderline example in the very first album, as "Skull Beneath The the Skin" describes Vic Rattlehead (whose skull adorns the album cover).



** [[Music/NancySinatra "These Boots"]] (''Killing is My Business...'' - though they also rewrote part of the lyrics)

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** [[Music/NancySinatra "These Boots"]] (''Killing is My Business...'' - -- though they also rewrote part of the lyrics)



** [[Music/TheSexPistols "Anarchy in the U.K."]] (''So Far, So Good... So What?'') and "Problems" (B-side to ''A Tout Le Monde'', also appears on ''Hidden Treasures'')

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** [[Music/TheSexPistols [[Music/SexPistols "Anarchy in the U.K."]] (''So Far, So Good... So What?'') and "Problems" (B-side to ''A Tout Le le Monde'', also appears on ''Hidden Treasures'')



** [[Music/BlackSabbath "Paranoid"]] (''Nativity in Black'' volume 1, ''Hidden Treasures'') and "Never Say Die" (''Nativity in Black'' volume 2)
** [[Music/LedZeppelin "Out On The Tiles"]] (bonus track in ''United Abominations'')

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** [[Music/BlackSabbath "Paranoid"]] (''Nativity in Black'' volume Volume 1, ''Hidden Treasures'') and "Never Say Die" (''Nativity in Black'' volume Volume 2)
** [[Music/LedZeppelin "Out On The on the Tiles"]] (bonus track in ''United Abominations'')



** [[Music/{{Budgie}} "Melt The Ice Away"]] (''Dystopia'')
** "Grabbag", a.k.a. the ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' theme. (bonus track in ''Risk'' and ''Duke Nukem: Music To Score By'')
** "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" for an all-metal Christmas album. It's as epic as you think.

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** [[Music/{{Budgie}} "Melt The the Ice Away"]] (''Dystopia'')
** "Grabbag", a.k.a. the ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' theme. (bonus track in ''Risk'' and ''Duke Nukem: Music To to Score By'')
** "Rudolph The the Red-Nosed Reindeer" for an all-metal Christmas album. It's as epic as you think.



* DrugsAreBad: "Burnt Ice," from ''United Abominations'' is about drug addiction, most likely meth. "Poison Was the Cure"[[note]]about using methadone to beat heroin addiction[[/note]], "Addicted to Chaos", "Use the Man"[[note]]about the degradation drugs can cause[[/note]], and "Kingmaker" are other examples.
* EpicRocking: "When", from ''The World Needs A Hero'' lasts 9:13.

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* DrugsAreBad: "Burnt Ice," from ''United Abominations'' is about drug addiction, most likely meth. "Poison Was the Cure"[[note]]about Cure" [[note]] about using methadone to beat heroin addiction[[/note]], addiction [[/note]], "Addicted to Chaos", "Use the Man"[[note]]about Man"[[note]] about the degradation drugs can cause[[/note]], cause [[/note]], and "Kingmaker" are other examples.
* EpicRocking: "When", from ''The World Needs A a Hero'' lasts 9:13.



* EvilLaugh: This was used to {{Narm}}ful levels in "Loved To Deth", but only once at the start of "Lucretia" (the latter can also be heard in "Victory" when the song is referenced).

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* EvilLaugh: This was used to {{Narm}}ful levels in "Loved To to Deth", but only once at the start of "Lucretia" (the latter can also be heard in "Victory" when the song is referenced).



* [[ExcitedShowTitle Excited Album Title!]]: ''Killing is My Business… and Business Is Good!'' and ''So Far, So Good… So What!''
** [[ExcitedShowTitle Excited Song Title!]]: "Killing is My Business… and Business Is Good!", "Washington is Next!" (from ''United Abominations''), "This Day We Fight!" (from ''Endgame''), and "Burn!" (from ''Super Collider'').

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* [[ExcitedShowTitle Excited Album Title!]]: ''Killing is My Business… and Business... And Business Is is Good!'' and ''So Far, So Good… Good... So What!''
** [[ExcitedShowTitle Excited Song Title!]]: "Killing is My Business… and Business... And Business Is is Good!", "Washington is Next!" (from ''United Abominations''), "This Day We Fight!" (from ''Endgame''), and "Burn!" (from ''Super Collider'').



* FamousLastWords: "À Tout Le Monde" is a hypothetical version, as clarified by Dave in an interview.
* FilkSong: The second part of "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" is about Comicbook/ThePunisher, from Frank Castle's point of view.
* {{Gorn}}: A large part of "Black Friday"'s lyrics are about the...very messy things the song's subject does to his victims.

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* FamousLastWords: "À Tout Le le Monde" is a hypothetical version, as clarified by Dave in an interview.
* FilkSong: The second part of "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" is about Comicbook/ThePunisher, ComicBook/ThePunisher, from Frank Castle's point of view.
* {{Gorn}}: A large part of "Black Friday"'s lyrics are about the...very Very messy things the song's subject does to his victims.



* HoldingOutForAHero: The trope was originally named "The World Needs A Hero," after all.
* {{Homage}}: According to Dave, "When", from ''The World Needs A Hero'', to Music/DiamondHead's "Am I Evil?".

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* HoldingOutForAHero: The trope was originally named "The World Needs A a Hero," after all.
* {{Homage}}: According to Dave, "When", from ''The World Needs A a Hero'', to Music/DiamondHead's "Am I Evil?".



* {{Instrumentals}}: "VideoGame/DukeNukem Theme", "Dialectic Chaos" (from ''Endgame'') and "Into The Lungs Of Hell". (From ''So Far, So Good… So What!'')

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* {{Instrumentals}}: "VideoGame/DukeNukem Theme", "Dialectic Chaos" (from ''Endgame'') and "Into The the Lungs Of of Hell". (From ''So Far, So Good… Good... So What!'')



** "Set the World Afire", from ''So Far...''.
** "Countdown To Extinction" and "Symphony of Destruction", from ''Countdown To Extinction''.

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** "Set the World Afire", from ''So Far...''.
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** "Countdown To to Extinction" and "Symphony of Destruction", from ''Countdown To to Extinction''.



* LastNoteNightmare: "High Speed Dirt", a song about skydiving, ends with an "[=shii=]''iiiiiIIIIIIT''"-- (loud thud/splat sound).
* MetalBandMascot: Vic Rattlehead, the sensory-deprived skeleton who appears in some fashion on all their album art and is portrayed by a man in costume during concerts.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: The first four albums are mainly an 8, sometimes going down to a 7, with the exception of ''Rust in Peace'''s "Dawn Patrol" which is about a 2. However, ''Countdown to Extinction'' is less harsh in contrast, and its follow-up, ''Youthanasia'', is more melodic overall. Both albums are a pretty solid 7 for the most part (with "Foreclosure Of A Dream" and "Addicted To Chaos" being a 6, and "A Tout Le Monde" being about a 5). ''Cryptic Writings'' is more commercial, being mostly at about a 6-7. ''Risk'', missing many of the metal influences the band had before, is at about a 4-6 on the scale. The next three albums were mostly a 7 with an occasional step up to an 8. ''Endgame,'' however, returns to the mostly 8 songs. In contrast, ''Th1rt3en'' returns to the mostly 7 songs, while ''Super Collider'' is a 6-7. This was reversed with ''Dystopia'', which returns to mostly 8 songs. The band rarely made it into 9 territory, with "Loved to Deth", "Good Mourning/Black Friday", and "Head Crusher" teetering around 8-9.
** "Use the Man" is probably the hardest Megadeth song to pin down on this scale. Its verses are a 2, the chorus is about a 4 or 5, and the guitar solo and outro are a 7 or 8.

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* LastNoteNightmare: "High Speed Dirt", a song about skydiving, ends with an "[=shii=]''iiiiiIIIIIIT''"-- "[=shii=]''iiiiiIIIIIIT''" -- (loud thud/splat sound).
thud / splat sound).
* MetalBandMascot: Vic Rattlehead, the sensory-deprived sensory deprived skeleton who appears in some fashion on all their album art and is portrayed by a man in costume during concerts.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: The first four albums are mainly an 8, sometimes going down to a 7, with the exception of ''Rust in Peace'''s "Dawn Patrol" which is about a 2. However, ''Countdown to Extinction'' is less harsh in contrast, and its follow-up, ''Youthanasia'', is more melodic overall. Both albums are a pretty solid 7 for the most part (with "Foreclosure Of A of a Dream" and "Addicted To to Chaos" being a 6, and "A Tout Le le Monde" being about a 5). ''Cryptic Writings'' is more commercial, being mostly at about a 6-7. ''Risk'', missing many of the metal influences the band had before, is at about a 4-6 on the scale. The next three albums were mostly a 7 with an occasional step up to an 8. ''Endgame,'' however, returns to the mostly 8 songs. In contrast, ''Th1rt3en'' returns to the mostly 7 songs, while ''Super Collider'' is a 6-7. This was reversed with ''Dystopia'', which returns to mostly 8 songs. The band rarely made it into 9 territory, with "Loved to Deth", "Good Mourning/Black Mourning / Black Friday", and "Head Crusher" teetering around 8-9.
** "Use the Man" is probably the hardest Megadeth song to pin down on this scale. Its verses are a 2, the chorus is about a 4 or 5, and the guitar solo and outro are a 7 or 8.



** "Last Rites/Loved to Deth" starts with a soft piano/organ piece, then descends into brutal thrashery.

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** "Last Rites/Loved Rites / Loved to Deth" starts with a soft piano/organ piano / organ piece, then descends into brutal thrashery.



** "[[Film/UniversalSoldier Crush 'Em]]",
* MyspeldRokband \ FunetikAksent: Mega''deth'', as opposed to "megadeath", a term coined in 1953 by RAND military strategist Herman Kahn to describe one million deaths in the event of thermonuclear war (which Dave considered AGoodNameForARockBand after reading it in a flyer).
* NameTron: "Psychotron" from ''Countdown''
* NewSoundAlbum: The first was arguably ''Rust in Peace'', as it was much more focused on technical musicianship than the previous albums. ''Countdown'' is the first definite example, slowing down to a more traditional metal style than pure thrash/speed. ''Youthanasia'' continued this style, featuring mostly slow-paced songs and downtuned instruments (to E-flat; most Megadeth albums are done in E-tuning). ''Cryptic Writings'' was a much more blatantly commercial-sounding album, and ''Risk'' is the one where metal pretty much went out the door and fans and critics started screaming.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Bad Omen," "Poison Was The Cure" and "My Kingdom" (although the word "king" appears twice in the last one). Only part of the title appears in "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due," "Tornado Of Souls," "Return To Hangar" (sequel to "Hangar 18" with the same exact chorus lyric) and "Never Walk Alone... A Call To Arms."
* NotChristianRock: Four songs from ''The System Has Failed'' (the four last ones: "Truth Be Told", "Of Mice and Men", "Shadow of Deth" and "My Kingdom Come") and two songs from ''United Abominations'' ("Never Walk Alone... A Call to Arms" and "Blessed Are the Dead").

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** "[[Film/UniversalSoldier Crush 'Em]]",
'Em]]".
* MyspeldRokband \ / FunetikAksent: Mega''deth'', as opposed to "megadeath", a term coined in 1953 by RAND military strategist Herman Kahn to describe one million deaths in the event of thermonuclear war (which Dave considered AGoodNameForARockBand after reading it in a flyer).
* NameTron: "Psychotron" from ''Countdown''
''Countdown''.
* NewSoundAlbum: The first was arguably ''Rust in Peace'', as it was much more focused on technical musicianship than the previous albums. ''Countdown'' is the first definite example, slowing down to a more traditional metal style than pure thrash/speed.thrash / speed. ''Youthanasia'' continued this style, featuring mostly slow-paced songs and downtuned instruments (to E-flat; most Megadeth albums are done in E-tuning). ''Cryptic Writings'' was a much more blatantly commercial-sounding commercial sounding album, and ''Risk'' is the one where metal pretty much went out the door and fans and critics started screaming.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Bad Omen," "Poison Was The the Cure" and "My Kingdom" (although the word "king" appears twice in the last one). Only part of the title appears in "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due," "Tornado Of of Souls," "Return To to Hangar" (sequel to "Hangar 18" with the same exact chorus lyric) and "Never Walk Alone... A Call To to Arms."
* NotChristianRock: Four songs from ''The System Has Failed'' (the (The four last ones: "Truth Be Told", "Of Mice and Men", "Shadow of Deth" and "My Kingdom Come") and two songs from ''United Abominations'' ("Never Walk Alone... A Call to Arms" and "Blessed Are the Dead").



* ProtestSong: "Symphony of Destruction"[[note]]about politicians and leaders becoming power-hungry tyrants[[/note]], "Countdown To Extinction"[[note]]about canned hunting and extinctions[[/note]], "Washington Is Next!", "Amerikhastan", "Gears of War", etc.
* ProfessionalKiller[=/=]PsychoForHire: The song "Killing is my Business...and Business is Good!" is about an assassin who promises to come after his employer once he's made his assigned hit.
* {{Portmanteau}}: ''Youthanasia'' (Youth+euthanasia, referencing how Dave felt society is filled with "young people turning to drugs, gangs, crime, violence, teenage pregnancy and ultimately suicide whether it’s quickly or whether it takes a long period of time").
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: A few {{Title Drop}}s combine this with BigWordShout (e.g. "Peace... sells... ''but who's buying''?", "SWEATING '''BULLETS!'''")
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: "Elysian Fields"
* RatedMForManly: They did a version of VideoGame/DukeNukem's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUCbflBkIgo theme]], for Duke's sake!

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* ProtestSong: "Symphony of Destruction"[[note]]about Destruction" [[note]] about politicians and leaders becoming power-hungry tyrants[[/note]], tyrants [[/note]], "Countdown To Extinction"[[note]]about to Extinction" [[note]] about canned hunting and extinctions[[/note]], extinctions [[/note]], "Washington Is is Next!", "Amerikhastan", "Gears of War", etc.
* ProfessionalKiller[=/=]PsychoForHire: ProfessionalKiller / PsychoForHire: The song "Killing is my Business...and My Business... And Business is Good!" is about an assassin who promises to come after his employer once he's made his assigned hit.
* {{Portmanteau}}: ''Youthanasia'' (Youth+euthanasia, referencing how Dave felt society is filled with "young people turning to drugs, gangs, crime, violence, teenage pregnancy and ultimately suicide whether it’s it's quickly or whether it takes a long period of time").
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: A few {{Title Drop}}s combine this with BigWordShout (e.g. "Peace... sells... ''but Sells... ''But who's buying''?", "SWEATING '''BULLETS!'''")
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: "Elysian Fields"
Fields".
* RatedMForManly: They did a version of VideoGame/DukeNukem's [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUCbflBkIgo theme]], for Duke's sake!
18th Aug '16 2:11:50 PM gewunomox
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[-[[caption-width-right:350: [[RevolvingDoorBand Megadeth's lineup]] as of ''Dystopia''. L - R: drummer [[Music/LambOfGod Chris Adler]], guitarist [[Music/{{Angra}} Kiko Loureiro]], guitarist [[TheLeader Dave Mustaine]], and bassist [[TheLancer David Ellefson]].]]-]

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The band are famous for their musical skills, [[EpicRocking extended songs]], and sociopolitical sensibilities expressed in the lyrics, especially during their "classic" period (1985-1994). While not to the extent of Music/{{Anthrax}}, their lyrics tend to be more humorous (in a sarcastic/tongue-in-cheek manner) than those of Metallica and Music/{{Slayer}}. Despite the late-career follies that have also plagued Metallica (sans DigitalPiracyIsEvil), their place in the thrash metal pantheon is assured, arguably more so after their second wind in 2004.

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The band are famous for their musical skills, [[EpicRocking extended songs]], and sociopolitical sensibilities expressed in the lyrics, especially during their "classic" period (1985-1994). While not to the extent of Music/{{Anthrax}}, their lyrics tend to be more humorous (in a sarcastic/tongue-in-cheek sarcastic / tongue in cheek manner) than those of Metallica and Music/{{Slayer}}. Despite the late-career follies that have also plagued Metallica (sans DigitalPiracyIsEvil), their place in the thrash metal pantheon is assured, arguably more so after their second wind in 2004.

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!!"Tropes sell, but who's buying?:"

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!!"Tropes !! "Tropes sell, but who's buying?:"



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* AddledAddict: This was true of all of them to some degree in the 80s (they were all heavy drinkers and heroin users, and it led to lots of sloppy performances), but it was particularly pronounced with Gar Samuelson. While probably the most technically skilled drummer that Megadeth has ever had, his extremely heavy drinking and near-constant heroin usage made the quality of his performances vary wildly; one night, he could be absolutely nailing everything, and then the next night would come and he would constantly be going off-time, playing too fast or too slow, missing parts left and right, and just generally ruining everything. It eventually cost him his life by way of liver failure, too.

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* AddledAddict: This was true of all of them to some degree in the 80s '80s (they were all heavy drinkers and heroin users, and it led to lots of sloppy performances), but it was particularly pronounced with Gar Samuelson. While probably the most technically skilled drummer that Megadeth has ever had, his extremely heavy drinking and near-constant near constant heroin usage made the quality of his performances vary wildly; one night, he could be absolutely nailing everything, and then the next night would come and he would constantly be going off-time, playing too fast or too slow, missing parts left and right, and just generally ruining everything. It eventually cost him his life by way of liver failure, too.



* ConspiracyTheorist: Dave, as early as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Mustaine#Politics his 1988 interview ranting about building a wall across the border to keep "fucking Mexicans" out of the USA]] and his [[http://megadeth.rockmetal.art.pl/lyrics_countdown.html#Psychotron incoherent explanation for "Psychotron"]] (he claimed it was something related to UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}n experiments, something called a "Lida machine" and UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter; the linked fansite shot back that: "Dave has been watching too many episodes of ''Series/TheXFiles''."), and a bit more pronounced lately with his ranting about the United Nations on ''United Abominations'' (to the point that a UN worker made a post calling bullshit on the lyrics' accusations,) naming ''Endgame'' after an Radio/AlexJones movie, being [[http://tinyurl.com/crvlkn4 a birther]], and so on.
* DrugsAreBad: They were ''legendary'' for their out-of-control heroin usage in the 1980s, which led to incredible amounts of infighting and got Poland (who was pawning off band gear for drug money) and Samuelson (who was getting to the point where he was too fucked up to function, let alone perform) fired; Mustaine was little better, as multiple prospective hires (namely [[Music/DarkAngel Eric Meyer]] and [[Music/ExodusBand Lee Altus]]) turned down offers due to his own extremely heavy drug usage and he eventually wound up having to undergo court-ordered rehab after a DUI arrest in 1989.

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* ConspiracyTheorist: Dave, as early as [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Mustaine#Politics his 1988 interview ranting about building a wall across the border to keep "fucking Mexicans" out of the USA]] and his [[http://megadeth.rockmetal.art.pl/lyrics_countdown.html#Psychotron incoherent explanation for "Psychotron"]] (he claimed it was something related to UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}n experiments, something called a "Lida machine" and UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter; the linked fansite shot back that: "Dave has been watching too many episodes of ''Series/TheXFiles''."), and a bit more pronounced lately with his ranting about the United Nations on ''United Abominations'' (to the point that a UN worker made a post calling bullshit on the lyrics' accusations,) naming ''Endgame'' after an Radio/AlexJones movie, being [[http://tinyurl.com/crvlkn4 a birther]], and so on.
* DrugsAreBad: They were ''legendary'' for their out-of-control out of control heroin usage in the 1980s, 1980's, which led to incredible amounts of infighting and got Poland (who was pawning off band gear for drug money) and Samuelson (who was getting to the point where he was too fucked up to function, let alone perform) fired; Mustaine was little better, as multiple prospective hires (namely [[Music/DarkAngel Eric Meyer]] and [[Music/ExodusBand Lee Altus]]) turned down offers due to his own extremely heavy drug usage and he eventually wound up having to undergo court-ordered rehab after a DUI arrest in 1989.



* HeteronormativeCrusader: Dave is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Mustaine#Christianity on record in a 1988 interview]] supporting the [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} UK's]] Section 28 policy, saying that the last thing he needs is "a bunch of homos picketing us" in response to a question about Music/JudasPriest, and in 2012 declared he was against gay marriage because of his UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}}.

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* HeteronormativeCrusader: Dave is [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Mustaine#Christianity on record in a 1988 interview]] supporting the [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} UK's]] Section 28 policy, saying that the last thing he needs is "a bunch of homos picketing us" in response to a question about Music/JudasPriest, and in 2012 declared he was against gay marriage because of his UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}}.



* ManlyTears: Mustaine did this after playing "I'll Be There" on ''That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires''. The bootleg of that show also has more moments like this.

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* ManlyTears: Mustaine did this after playing "I'll Be There" on ''That One Night: Live In in Buenos Aires''. The bootleg of that show also has more moments like this.



* StartMyOwn: Mustaine's reason about why he started Megadeth. It was after he was fired from Music/{{Metallica}} due to his alcohol problems. Various former members have also done this; Greg Handevidt formed Kublai Khan (not to be confused with the hardcore group of the same name), Chris Poland has had various projects over the years (the jazz fusion act Ohm probably being the most famous), Gar Samuelson started the progressive thrash group Fatal Opera with his brother, and both Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover started the thrash/melodic death metal group Act of Defiance.

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* StartMyOwn: Mustaine's reason about why he started Megadeth. It was after he was fired from Music/{{Metallica}} due to his alcohol problems. Various former members have also done this; Greg Handevidt formed Kublai Khan (not to be confused with the hardcore group of the same name), Chris Poland has had various projects over the years (the jazz fusion act Ohm probably being the most famous), Gar Samuelson started the progressive thrash group Fatal Opera with his brother, and both Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover started the thrash/melodic thrash / melodic death metal group Act of Defiance.



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* AlbumTitleDrop: Aside from the {{{Title Track}}st, even the borderline case "Peace Sells" (the chorus goes "''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Peace... sells... but who's buying?]]''"), "Use the Man" has the line "''Cryptic writing(s)'' on the wall, the beginning of the end", "Kick the Chair" goes "You're going to jail\''The system has failed''".

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* AlbumTitleDrop: Aside from the {{{Title Track}}st, {{Title Track}}s, even the borderline case "Peace Sells" (the chorus goes "''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Peace... sells... but Sells... But who's buying?]]''"), "Use the Man" has the line "''Cryptic writing(s)'' on the wall, the beginning of the end", "Kick the Chair" goes "You're going to jail\''The jail / ''The system has failed''".



** "Tornado of Souls" from ''Rust in Peace'' is about divorce and features some pointed TakeThat[=s=] to the woman in question.

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** "Tornado of Souls" from ''Rust in Peace'' is about divorce and features some pointed TakeThat[=s=] {{Take That}}s to the woman in question.



** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX6UjWMffaY MEGADETH!!! MEGADETH!!! AGUANTE MEGADETH!!]]

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** [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX6UjWMffaY MEGADETH!!! MEGADETH!!! AGUANTE MEGADETH!!]]



* AxesAtSchool: "Have Cool, Will Travel"

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* AxesAtSchool: "Have Cool, Will Travel"Travel".



* BawdySong: The original "The Mechanix"[[note]]which Metallica rewrote into "The Four Horsemen"[[/note]], which uses [[AutoErotica auto repairs as a metaphor for getting busy]].

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* BawdySong: The original "The Mechanix"[[note]]which Mechanix" [[note]] which Metallica rewrote into "The Four Horsemen"[[/note]], Horsemen" [[/note]], which uses [[AutoErotica auto repairs as a metaphor for getting busy]].



* CallBack: Victory from ''Youthinasia'' is loaded with references to older songs.
* CensoredForComedy: The original writer of "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," Lee Hazlewood, objected to Megadeth's parody cover and its changed lyrics after its release. So when all of ''Killing Is My Business'' got remixed and remastered in 2002, ''every'' lyric change got bleeped out, but the worst the song really got was "Now someone else can kiss your ass" and "Whaddya know bitch, you got a lot to learn." And what would you make of the line "One of these days, these boots are gonna [[spoiler:stomp]] all over you"?
** According to Dave, the reason why the censorship happened in the first place indeed stemmed from Lee's objections... however between the album's original release in 1985 until it was being prepared for remastering, Lee had made no objection at all until [[MoneyDearBoy the royalty checks stopped coming in]].
* ChronologicalAlbumTitle: ''[[Letters2Numbers TH1RT3EEN]]''

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* CallBack: Victory from ''Youthinasia'' ''Youthanasia'' is loaded with references to older songs.
* CensoredForComedy: The original writer of "These Boots Are Made For for Walkin'," Lee Hazlewood, objected to Megadeth's parody cover and its changed lyrics after its release. So when all of ''Killing Is is My Business'' got remixed and remastered in 2002, ''every'' lyric change got bleeped out, but the worst the song really got was "Now someone else can kiss your ass" and "Whaddya know bitch, you got a lot to learn." And what would you make of the line "One of these days, these boots are gonna [[spoiler:stomp]] [[spoiler: stomp]] all over you"?
** According to Dave, the reason why the censorship happened in the first place indeed stemmed from Lee's objections... however However between the album's original release in 1985 until it was being prepared for remastering, Lee had made no objection at all until [[MoneyDearBoy the royalty checks stopped coming in]].
* ChronologicalAlbumTitle: ''[[Letters2Numbers TH1RT3EEN]]''TH1RT3EEN]]''.



** The symbols at the bottom of ''[=Th1rth3en=]'' reference the previous 12 covers ([[https://i.embed.ly/1/display?key=fc778e44915911e088ae4040f9f86dcd&url=http%3A%2F%2Fi265.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fii204%2FMetalSara%2Fmegadeth_disk2_1.jpg a booklet picture]] even sets them in chronological order).
* CountryMatters: The messed up line in their cover of "Anarchy in the U.K." ("Or just another country/And other cunt-like tendencies", instead of "Another council tenancy") was due to Mustaine not being able to understand what Johnny Rotten was singing in many parts.

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** The symbols at the bottom of ''[=Th1rth3en=]'' ''[=Th1rt3en=]'' reference the previous 12 covers ([[https://i.embed.ly/1/display?key=fc778e44915911e088ae4040f9f86dcd&url=http%3A%2F%2Fi265.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fii204%2FMetalSara%2Fmegadeth_disk2_1.([[http://i.imgur.com/EfF7Zhu.jpg a booklet picture]] even sets them in chronological order).
* CountryMatters: The messed up line in their cover of "Anarchy in the U.K." ("Or just another country/And country / And other cunt-like tendencies", instead of "Another council tenancy") was due to Mustaine not being able to understand what Johnny Rotten was singing in many parts.



--> ''" 'We've been hung out to dry.' That line is probably the strongest representation of how we feel about the young people who listen to our music and what their future holds for them. You have a choice - you can be pro-active, or you can choose youthanasia."''\\
-- Dave Mustaine, explaining the song "[[TitleDrop Youthanasia]]" in an interview
** The cover to ''[[http://www.metalinjection.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/600px-Megadeth_-_The_System_Has_Failed.jpg The System Has Failed]]'' makes a bit more sense with the lyrics to "Kick The Chair," which also [[TitleDrop contains the album title]]:

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--> ''" 'We've been hung out to dry.' That line is probably the strongest representation of how we feel about the young people who listen to our music and what their future holds for them. You have a choice - -- you can be pro-active, or you can choose youthanasia."''\\
-- Dave Mustaine, explaining the song "[[TitleDrop Youthanasia]]" in an interview
interview.
** The cover to ''[[http://www.metalinjection.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/600px-Megadeth_-_The_System_Has_Failed.jpg The System Has Failed]]'' makes a bit more sense with the lyrics to "Kick The the Chair," which also [[TitleDrop contains the album title]]:



** And finally, ''[[http://www.culturebully.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/megadeth-endgame.jpg Endgame]]'' is explained in its title track, like ''Youthanasia'' above:

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** And finally, ''[[http://www.culturebully.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/megadeth-endgame.jpg Endgame]]'' ''Endgame'' is explained in its title track, like ''Youthanasia'' above:
23rd Jul '16 10:01:55 AM Willbyr
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Troubles started in 1995 after Megadeth changed their management, hiring Creator/BudPrager. His influence would ultimately prove counterproductive, as he steered the band towards more blatantly commercial tracks, convinced them to work with Nashville pop producer Creator/DannHuff, and [[ExecutiveMeddling closely supervised the writing process, also contributing musical ideas and lyrics to the songs]]. ''Cryptic Writings'' was released in 1997, to a mixed critical reception and less sales than ''Youthanasia'', despite four Mainstream Rock hits. Mustaine then made the critical mistake of giving ''more'' influence to Prager and Huff, which resulted in''Risk'', which was disliked the majority of the fanbase. Largely eschewing metal in favour of newfound dance and electronic influences, it was a failure that triggered a backlash among fans and critics.

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Troubles started in 1995 after Megadeth changed their management, hiring Creator/BudPrager. His influence would ultimately prove counterproductive, as he steered the band towards more blatantly commercial tracks, convinced them to work with Nashville pop producer Creator/DannHuff, and [[ExecutiveMeddling closely supervised the writing process, also contributing musical ideas and lyrics to the songs]]. ''Cryptic Writings'' was released in 1997, to a mixed critical reception and less sales than ''Youthanasia'', despite four Mainstream Rock hits. Mustaine then made the critical mistake of giving ''more'' influence to Prager and Huff, which resulted in''Risk'', which was disliked the majority of the fanbase.in ''Risk''. Largely eschewing metal in favour of newfound dance and electronic influences, it was a failure that triggered a backlash among fans and critics.



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[-[[caption-width-right:350: [[RevolvingDoorBand The ''Dystopia'' lineup of the band]]. From left to right: drummer [[Music/LambOfGod Chris Adler]], guitarist [[Music/{{Angra}} Kiko Loureiro]], guitarist [[TheLeader Dave Mustaine]], and bassist [[TheLancer David Ellefson]].]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:350: [[RevolvingDoorBand The ''Dystopia'' lineup Megadeth's lineup]] as of the band]]. From left to right: ''Dystopia''. L - R: drummer [[Music/LambOfGod Chris Adler]], guitarist [[Music/{{Angra}} Kiko Loureiro]], guitarist [[TheLeader Dave Mustaine]], and bassist [[TheLancer David Ellefson]].]]-]
22nd Jul '16 3:44:25 PM Jaredwarrensince1991
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[-[[caption-width-right:350: [[RevolvingDoorBand The Dystopia lineup of the band]]. From left to right: drummer [[Music/LambOfGod Chris Adler]], guitarist [[Music/{{Angra}} Kiko Loureiro]], guitarist [[TheLeader Dave Mustaine]], and bassist [[TheLancer David Ellefson]].]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:350: [[RevolvingDoorBand The Dystopia ''Dystopia'' lineup of the band]]. From left to right: drummer [[Music/LambOfGod Chris Adler]], guitarist [[Music/{{Angra}} Kiko Loureiro]], guitarist [[TheLeader Dave Mustaine]], and bassist [[TheLancer David Ellefson]].]]-]
22nd Jul '16 3:43:50 PM Jaredwarrensince1991
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[-[[caption-width-right:350:Current lineup of the band. From left to right: drummer [[Music/LambOfGod Chris Adler]], guitarist [[Music/{{Angra}} Kiko Loureiro]], guitarist [[TheLeader Dave Mustaine]], and bassist [[TheLancer David Ellefson]].]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:350:Current [-[[caption-width-right:350: [[RevolvingDoorBand The Dystopia lineup of the band.band]]. From left to right: drummer [[Music/LambOfGod Chris Adler]], guitarist [[Music/{{Angra}} Kiko Loureiro]], guitarist [[TheLeader Dave Mustaine]], and bassist [[TheLancer David Ellefson]].]]-]
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