Stormtroopers of Death is Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian's side project with Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, the original Anthrax bassist/lead guitarist Danny Lilker and their pal, Bronx-born heavy metal musician Billy Milano. They are among the first bands to fuse hardcore Punk with Thrash Metal into a style sometimes called Crossover Thrash.
Drummer Charlie Benante had a hand in writing this song. He told us in a 2013 interview: "The beat has got to be this extreme beat. So that's how that whole song came together, because the beat was what it was going to be. So I kind of modeled it after that."
S.O.D. didn't take themselves too seriously but their politically incorrect lyrics stirred up some controversy. Dan Lilker said, "The lyrics were never intended to be serious, just to piss people off."
"Piano Man" was inspired by Billy Joel's time playing at a piano bar in Los Angeles. The "real estate novelist" was a guy who always talked about writing a book, but spent all his spare time in the bar.
His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."