Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: My Life in 15 Songs

Singer/guitarist reflects on nearly four decades of thrash-metal masterpieces

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"Anarchy in the U.K."

So Far, So Good ... So What! (1986)

I'd met Steve Jones at this point but I don't remember how, maybe through David Ellefson. I asked him if he would come and play on the record for us and I don't know if he was trying to be funny or if he was trying to be rude but when I asked him what he wanted for doing it, he said, "Just give me a hundred bucks and some suction." And I was like, "Surely you don't mean me." So I said "OK, we're gonna give you a thousand bucks and a yellow pages. You can find it yourself." And he came in the studio and had a cast on his arm and he had just been broadsided by a lady who broke his arm. And in true Sex Pistol fashion, he came in and played over "Anarchy." You can tell he's the guitar that's out of tune. It's so rock & roll, man. It's like, fucking-A, there's a living, breathing Sex Pistol playing on one of my recordings [laughs]. 

I don't think I changed the lyrics too much but I couldn't understand Johnny Rotten's marble mouth. You know in the end when he says "another council tenancy," I thought he said "cunt-like tendencies." I could have swore he did. And I don't go around telling people they've got cunt-like tendencies, so that's not even a saying that I have. He didn't like it. When somebody asked him about our version about 15 years ago he said, "He fucked up my lyrics!"

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