Anthrax & Stephen King?

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Anthrax & Stephen King?

Postby This_Girl on Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:52 pm

I am sure I am a johnny-come-lately on this....are you all aware that apparently some of Anthrax songs are derived from Sk novels?
Obviously not an Anthrax fan myself, I was searching for a song I keep hearing to add..."I'm the Man" and I came across that little tid bit. I like "I'm the Man" because it is VERY reminiscent of The Beastie Boys (a fan I am) and...well, now I am intrigued to hear these Sk inspired songs.
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Re: Anthrax & Stephen King?

Postby frankfathom on Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:55 am

yeah most bands of that genre lift many topics for their songs from movies books and yes Among the living is from The Stand

creeping death metallica from the the bible or cecil b demilles the ten comandments this is just a small sample
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Re: Anthrax & Stephen King?

Postby meridith on Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:00 pm

there's lots of bands including Anthrax that have done some King homages. Here are a few, I'm sure there's more

"Self" has done a version of "Baby can you dig your man"
"Now is Now" a local Maine band has done some Dark Tower songs
Ramones of course sang "Pet Semetary"
Some weird band called Nostradameus has done a "Randall Flagg" song


"Alarm" an 80s punk band sang/wrote "The Stand" (here are the lyrics:)
Come on down and meet your maker
Come on down and take the stand

Oh I have been out searching
With the black book in my hand
And I've looked between the lines that lie on the pages that I tread
I met the walking dude,religious, in his wom down cowboy boots
And he walked liked no man on earth
I swear he had no name (had no name)
I swear he had no name

Come on down and meet your maker
Come on down and make the stand
Come on down, come on down
Come on down, we'll make the stand

As I crawled beneath the searchlights
Looking through the floorboards of this life
I met Doctor Strangeloves cousin
He bore the marks of time
"Hey! Trashcan where you going boy
Your eyes are feet apart
Is that the end you're carrying Shall I play the funeral march (play the march)
Play the funeral march"

Come on down and meet your maker
Come on down and make the stand
Come on down, come on down
Come on down, we'll make the stand

Come on down and meet your maker
Come on down and make the stand
Come on down, come on down
Come on down, we'll make the stand

When I looked out the window On the hardship that had struck I saw the seven phials open
The plague claimed man and son
Hats bowed down in grace
A simple wooden cross,
It had no epitaph engraved
It had no epitaph engraved.

Come on down & meet your maker
Come on down & make the stand
Come on down, come on down,
Come on
And make the stand

Come on down & meet your maker
Come on down & make the stand
Come on down, come on down,
Come on
Come on, Come on,Come on
Come on,Come on,Come on,
Come on
And we'll make the stand

And make the stand

Come roll out the red carpet come buglar
sound the horn the hero is returning
you've got to welcome him to his home
Don't say I didn't warn you this prophecy is coming true
I can hear cavalry thundering Riding over the hill
Riding over the hill

Come on down & meet your maker
Come on down & make the stand
Come on down, come on down,
Come on & make the stand.

Come on down & meet your maker
Come on down & make the stand
Come on down, come on down,
Come on down, we'll make the stand.

(repeat)

Come on
AND WE'LL MAKE THE STAND
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Re: Anthrax & Stephen King?

Postby doodoobird on Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:58 am

Too lazy to read through everything but the most famous of these would be from a little known band named NIRVANA. SERVE THE SERVENTS. Something about Salems Lot. Kurt Cobain was infamous for mumbling his lyrics so I cant remember exactly what was said.
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Re: Anthrax & Stephen King?

Postby doodoobird on Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:02 am

Damn, I was young when that song came out. But I remember that Nirvana was my fav band at the time and it was awesome to hear a reference to my fav writer.

Serve the Servents
oh no
Serve the servents
oh no
The mumble mumble divorce is such a boreeeeee

mumble mumble something SALEMS LOT (from the top of my head)
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Re: Anthrax & Stephen King?

Postby doodoobird on Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:04 am

Am sure Kurt Cobain mumbled with a shotgun in his mouth.Hahahaha.
Thats fucked up. I feel bad now.
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Re: Anthrax & Stephen King?

Postby grasking on Tue Sep 16, 2008 7:47 pm

"If she floats than she is not
A witch like we thought
A down payment on another
One at Salem's lot"

This verse doesn't have any connection to King's novel. Instead it's about the media's "witch hunt" of Courtney Love.

"Serve the servants - oh no.
That legendary divorce is such a bore.

As my bones grew, they did hurt.
They hurt really bad.
I tried hard to have a father,
but instead I had a Dad.

I just want you to know that I,
don't hate you anymore.
There is nothing I could say,
That I haven't thought before."

The song is about his childhood and his relationship with his dad. The "legendary divorce" is his parent's.
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Re: Anthrax & Stephen King?

Postby This_Girl on Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:45 am

Ok...LMAO...DDB. You are talking (um typing) to a huge Nirvana fan.
I love that you like to link Serve the Servants to SK and Salem's lot. Now, I am no authority on the reasoning of lyrics....I always thought he was referring to the um....you know...Historical witch hunts in Salem, MA and not really the SK work. I'm just sayin that's what I thought.
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Re: Anthrax & Stephen King?

Postby This_Girl on Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:47 am

doodoobird wrote:Am sure Kurt Cobain mumbled with a shotgun in his mouth.Hahahaha.
Thats fucked up. I feel bad now.


Hey, that's mean!
In my opinion...the best K.Cobain mumble song would be Mexican Seafood. There is some pretty funny and disturbing stuff in that song. I sing it aloud sometimes and my husband laughs.."What are you singing?"
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Re: Anthrax & Stephen King?

Postby Wanderingscribe on Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:50 am

The Anthrax song Skeleton In The Closet is about Apt Pupil.
"I had always thought of myself, despite my taste for ludicrous trousers and mickey-taking, as having some shred of creativity."

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Re: Anthrax & Stephen King?

Postby Betsy_Boo on Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:54 pm

Wow...I don't know how I missed this thread! I never knew that anyone wrote any songs about SK's work! Thanks!
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Re: Anthrax & Stephen King?

Postby Wanderingscribe on Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:26 am

In that case, Betsy, I also recommend this :

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For reasons that should be obvious from the title :).

D & W is a side project of Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) and Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian), which they deliberately named after a Uriah Heep album. This CD was my favourite release of 2005 and would still be as good if I didn't know anything about the Dark Tower series.

Blind Guardian's "Somewhere Far Beyond", "Another Stranger Me" and "Carry The Blessed Home" are also about Roland and friends.

Metal geek mode *off*
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Re: Anthrax & Stephen King?

Postby Betsy_Boo on Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:24 am

"Uriah Heep"...what a blast from the past! I had one of their albums when I was a teen ("Return to Fantasy" I think). Anyway, thanks again. I will def check this out!

I wonder, too, how many authors have inspired musicians?
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Re: Anthrax & Stephen King?

Postby desolationrow on Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:56 am

I was into Anthrax and the heavy metal scene fro a while but lost interest in them after Joey Belladonna left who was for me completely different to any vocalist in the thrash metal scene I havent paid any attention to them since. To my ears even though Metallica were the most popular thrash metal band (even though they were more diverse than that) for me despite all their line up changes Megadeth seem to have maintained the consistency you'd expect of them and perhaps Slayer? My tastes have changed a lot since then I'd rather listen to a Steve Earle or Dylan record these days, Im getting old.
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Re: Anthrax & Stephen King?

Postby Wanderingscribe on Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:58 am

I was a Belladonna-only Anthrax fan for a while too, then I heard Sound of White Noise and We've Come For You All (with John Bush singing) and saw the error of my ways. Don't bother with the two albums in between though.

I enjoy Metallica but can't get into Slayer. Much like yourself I'm quite the Megadeth fan. Endgame was one of my favourite albums from last year.
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