The producer of Megadeth’s legendary album ‘Countdown To Extinction,’ Max Norman, was the latest interview guest of the YouTube channel of ‘The Metal Voice’ this week and shared the story of why had beef with Dave after releasing the album.
While the iconic British record producer worked with Megadeth on their studio recordings like ‘Youthanasia,’ ‘Hidden Treasures’ and ‘Countdown,’ he also produced albums of many stars and bands like Ozzy Osbourne, Death Angel, and Bad Company. He was also interviewed in ‘Evolver’ which was a well-known documentary about the making of Megadeth’s sixth studio album, ‘Youthanasia.’
As you may already know, Dave Mustaine is known as the co-producer of the band’s fifth studio album ‘Countdown To Extinction’ and it’s one of the well-known mysteries of the rock music scene. In many of his interviews, Norman stated that Dave had nothing to do with the production of the album and he was on everything at all.
In his latest ever interview with The Metal Voice, Max once again claimed that Dave backstabbed him as he put his name as the co-producer of the album without his permission. According to Norman, Dave kept apologizing after they have already printed 400K copies and it was already too late to fix things up.
Here is what Max said in the interview:
“Well, I remember Dave said to me on ‘Countdown,’ when we started to do ‘Countdown,’ he said, ‘I want you to teach me how to produce.’ And I said, ‘I really can’t teach you that, you just got to pay attention. I can’t teach you how to do it, you just got to pay attention and learn the best you can…’
Right at the end of that album, after it was mixed and it was about two weeks before its release, I got a call from my attorney, Joe Serling in New York. I was in LA at the time, and he said, ‘OK, all the final contracts are done, and I made the change to the production credit.’
And I said, ‘What changed?’ And he said, ‘You know, ‘produced by Dave Mustaine and Max Norman.” And I said, ‘Whoa, whoa! No, no.’ And I called Dave and I said, ‘Hey, you just fucked me by changing the credit right at the end, and they’ve already printed 400,000 copies of this! How I about I junk the fucking record right now?’
And he started freaking out. He said, ‘Dude, dude, it’s a mistake!’ And I knew it wasn’t a mistake. It was a little bit of a backstab, and I got very, very upset about it. I said, ‘Listen, you wrote all the songs, you sing all the songs, you play on it, I gave you a co-production credit, and now you’re stealing my credit? That’s not right.'”
“I said, ‘I’m the engineer producer, you’re the co-producer. You flip that back right now, or it’s going to be a real, real big problem. I’ll call the label right now, I’ll call Capitol right now and tell them that it’s not coming out.’ “And they already had like 450,000 out in the stores, so it was a real mess, and it took me quite a while to stop being pissed off about that. And Dave kept apologizing…
‘Oh, I’m sorry.’ ‘It was a mistake.’ ‘I don’t know what happened.’ And I was like, ‘You’re so full of shit. You did it on purpose, I know why you did it. Don’t ever fucking try it again.’ I don’t think that on ‘Countdown,’ that Dave was really a co-producer, but I gave him a co-producer credit anyway because, you know, I’ve been a nice guy, I guess.”
You can watch the whole interview right below.