Long before R.E.M. had a song with the title
, Anthrax released "Imitation of Life" on their third album, Among the Living
. In a 2017 Songfacts interview with Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante
, he explained: "That was just about the fakeness of what we were seeing with music and with people, which still goes on today - the same exact vibe. You have people, especially in the music business and radio promotion, that you have to deal with, and they are just people who work. Some of them don't give a f--k about the song that they're working on, or the band that they're working on. It's just a job to them, and it's just so fake when they come to the show and they're like, 'I love this, I love this!' It's such a bunch of bullshit."