Guns, Drugs & Money

Album: TH1RT3EN (2011)
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Songfacts®:

  • Bassist Dave Ellefson discussed this Dave Mustaine-penned one-riff punk rocker with MusicRadar.com: "I can't even tell you how happy I am that we have a song that is made up of one riff. [laughs] That's not always easy to do. I know a lot of metal fans don't like Green Day, but I think they're masters of the one-riff song. That's what we did here, and it works beautifully.

    It's so punk rock, the one-riff idea. The Ramones did it on so many of their songs - maybe all of them. When I heard Dave play this part, I knew that was all we needed. The band shifted dynamics in the chorus, Dave played around with the vocal melody…and it was a song!

    Many of our tracks are quite complex; that's probably something a lot of our fans like about what we do. The genius of 'Guns, Drugs & Money,' however, is in its simplicity."
  • If the title looks familiar, you might be thinking of the 1978 Warren Zevon song "Lawyers, Guns and Money."

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