March of the Crabs

Album: Metal on Metal (1982)
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  • There's a good explanation for the title to this instrumental rocker by the Canadian thrash metal pioneers Anvil - and no, it has nothing to do with a social disease. When lead singer Lips came up with the song on his Gibson ES150 guitar, he was intrigued by the way his fingers moved up and down the fretboard when he played it.

    "It's played with an open string and threaded notes, and you kind of crawl your way up and down the fretboard playing it," he said in our interview. "So that's how it got its name: it looked like crab feet walking."


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