Megadeth star David Ellefson was the recent guest of Machine Head lead guitarist Robb Fylnn’s ‘No Fuckin’ Regrets’ podcast this week and talked about how did they write and record ‘Peace Sells’ track from their legendary album ‘Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?’ within a couple of hours.
Peace Sells is Megadeth’s one of most legendary songs of all time and it was released as the first single of the 1986 album ‘Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?’ The song has been written by the frontman Dave Mustaine in just one day and it has appeared in many video games like GTA: Vice City, NHL 10, Rock Band 2, and many more…
Interestingly, the song became more and more popular after it was selected as number 11 on the ’40 Greatest Metal Songs Of All Time’ list of Video Hits One.
In his latest interview, David Ellefson admitted that they’ve written and recorded the song in just a couple of hours while Mustaine was living with the co-producer on the ‘Killing Is My Business’ record who is also a talented sound engineer, Karat Faye.
Here is the story of the song and how it became an inspiration for the title of the album:
“Dave wrote the riff. I had a bass. It was B.C. Rich Eagle bass, and I seem to think it was a fretless bass… I and Dave were living with Karat Faye, who was the engineer [and] co-producer on the ‘Killing Is My Business’ record… We were sitting there, and Dave picks the bass up, and he starts noodling.
He goes, ‘Hey, Junior, come over here and play this.’ So we started working on that, trying to get that figured out. And we go to rehearsal that night… We went down there, and that song just kind of wrote itself that night. Dave had the riffs, Gar [Samuelson, MEGADETH’s then-drummer] started playing. We sort of put it together. [We had] a few suggestions here and there.”
“I mean, that song, literally, within a couple of hours was done… I don’t know if it was that night. It might have been. We were sitting there driving, and we had the radio on… And I remember Dave just looks at me and he goes, ‘Hey, what do you think about ‘Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?’ [And I said], ‘Cool. It sounds great.’ And wheels were turning.
Dave would just kind of sit there, and wheels were always turning and ideas were coming up. And that became that song. And he wrote the lyrics, I think, pretty quickly; it kind of fell out.”
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