From David Bowie to Pink Floyd: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine names the 10 albums that changed his life
At a time when live music remains off the menu amid the strict social distancing measures, the current health crisis has allowed music fans the opportunity to dip back into the rich annals of history to explore different mediums of sonic exploration. Here, we’re looking for some heavy metal-inspired references.
Dave Mustaine, the musician best known as the co-founder, vocalist, lead guitarist, and songwriter of the metal band Megadeth, once picked out 10 albums that changed his life and did so by assigning each selection to a different way in which his creative vision had been altered.
Mustaine, who was famously the lead guitarist of Metallica before leaving the group to create his own entity in Megadeath. The band, who have now managed to cement their place in the history of metal music, offered Mustaine the opportunity to focus his talent in the right places after previous battles with addiction had blighted his past creations.
While the musician is now synonymous with one genre, his music taste has proven to be that of an eclectic nature has he paid tribute to the likes of David Bowie, UFO, Pink Floyd nad more when asked by Louder Sound to name the records that changed his life. Reflecting on how he came to understand Bowie, he said: “There were the jocks and the stoners, and the majority of the stoners played, and these guys played a lot of songs from Bowie’s catalogue. Diamond Dogs was one of the songs I really dug, and Rebel Rebel was cool. I’ve got to say that the lyrics to Diamond Dogs just resonated with me and where my life was going. ‘As they pulled you out of the oxygen tent, you asked for the latest party…’ Well, if that didn’t sound like me back then, I don’t know what did, you know?”
Mustaine takes on the challenge with meticulous accuracy, revisiting records that reminds him of school, his favourite of all time and even the album that he thinks “defines metal”.
See the full list, below.
Dave Mustaine’s 10 favourite albums:
David Bowie – Changesonebowie (the first album ever bought)
UFO – Phenomenon (reminds him of high school)
Led Zeppelin – Presence (favourite album of all time)
Judas Priest – Sad Wings Of Destiny (the album that defines metal)
Motörhead – Ace Of Spades (the album that makes him want to break the speed limit)
Aztec Camera – Love (the album that nobody believes I own)
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (favourite artwork)
Angel – Angel (most underrated album of all time)
Johnny Winter – Still Alive And Well (the album to play at his funeral)
Megadeth – Dystopia (the album I want to be remembered for)
When discussing Pink Floyd’s album Wish You Were Here, Mustaine described the iconic artork accompanying the record as his all-time favourite: “That’s real easy. I’d have to say Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, with the dudes shaking hands and the guy is lit on fire,” he said. “Storm Thorgersen is an amazing artist, so much so that we used a guy named Hugh Syme, who was a protégé of his, for Countdown To Extinction and Youthanasia. We wanted something original and thought provoking and not just an illustration. We got pigeonholed and everyone was like ‘Where’s Vic?’ every time. With Youthanasia, people’s asses were growing together because they thought we actually hung babies upside down and took pictures.
“What we did was have the moms come in and the babies were on these clear tables with the light underneath, then the moms would grab their toes and pull their legs straight so it looked like they were hanging by their feet. I thought that was brilliant.”