Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?

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Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 19, 1986
RecordedFebruary 15 – March 20, 1986 in Los Angeles, California
GenreThrash metal[1]
Length36:12
LabelCapitol Records
ProducerDave Mustaine, Randy Burns
Megadeth chronology
Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!
(1985)
Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
(1986)
So Far, So Good... So What!
(1988)


Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? is the second studio album by thrash metal band Megadeth. It was released on September 19, 1986 by Capitol Records. Combat Records was going to release the album first, but Capitol bought the rights to it. Many band members had drug abuse problems while they were making the album. Guitarist Chris Poland and drummer Gar Samuelson were fired from the band after the album came out. A song from the album, "Peace Sells", was the band's first music video. The art on the album's cover shows Vic Rattlehead in front of the United Nations Headquarters.

Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? is a classic thrash metal album.[2] Many think it made extreme metal more popular. It was put on 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[3] In 2004, the album was remixed by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine. It was remixed again in 2011 for the album's 25th anniversary.

Background[change | change source]

In December 1985, Dave Mustaine said that the band was making music for a second album. He also said that two songs ("Black Friday" and "Bad Omen") were done. Mustaine said that these songs were much faster than music from their first album, Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!.[4] Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson wanted to change how people thought about heavy metal by making music with political lyrics.[5]

In early 1986, Megadeth had a short tour in the United States. At the tour's concerts, the band played music that would be on Peace Sells.[6] Combat Records gave them $25,000 to record the album. Recording the album was very hard because of many problems. Mustaine and Ellefson were homeless, and Chris Poland and Gar Samuelson did not show up many times because they were using heroin.[6] After the band finished recording the album, someone from Capitol Records asked Megadeth to join the record label. The band joined Capitol, and the album was released.

Track listing[change | change source]

All songs written by Dave Mustaine, except "I Ain't Superstitous" by Willie Dixon.[7]

No. Title Length
1. "Wake Up Dead"   3:40
2. "The Conjuring"   5:04
3. "Peace Sells"   4:04
4. "Devils Island"   5:05
5. "Good Mourning/Black Friday"   6:41
6. "Bad Omen"   4:05
7. "I Ain't Superstitious"   2:46
8. "My Last Words"   4:57
Total length:
36:12

References[change | change source]

  1. "The 25 greatest thrash metal albums ever". Kerrang!. Retrieved 2021-08-15.
  2. "The 25 greatest thrash metal albums ever". Kerrang!. Retrieved 2022-10-30.
  3. "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by TechElec | Discogs Lists". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2022-10-25.
  4. "MEGADETH – Love It To Death (MF12, 1985) | Features / Interviews @ Metal Forces Magazine". Retrieved 2022-10-30.
  5. Matsumoto, Jon (1986-10-16). "MEGADETH: THESE HEAVY METALERS THRASH FOR PEACE". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2022-10-30.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ellefson, David; McIver, Joel (2013-10-29). My Life with Deth: Discovering Meaning in a Life of Rock & Roll. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4516-9988-3.
  7. Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? liner notes (2004 reissue). Capitol Records. 2004. pp. 4–12.