Anthrax's Scott Ian Sounds Off On Public Enemy Rock Hall Induction
A true champion of heavy metal, Ian's band Anthrax is among the "Big Four" of thrash (along with Slayer, Megadeth and Hall of Famers Metallica). His band also has a serious jones for classic rock: their new EP, Anthems, sees them covering classic rock songs by Boston, Journey, Cheap Trick, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and Rush. But Ian doesn't have the bias against hip-hop that perhaps some of his peers might.
"Hip-hop for me – or let's call it 'rap,' that's what I called it – from, say, 1981 to 1993, I was into that as I was into any other kind of music," he tells Radio.com.
Indeed, Anthrax experimented with rap on their 1987 track "I'm The Man," which was something of a novelty. A few years later, in 1991, they collaborated with Public Enemy on a thrash metal update of PE's "Bring The Noise." And while some cross-genre collaborations reek of marketing department experiments, this was a collaboration that was prompted by Ian.
"In 1986, '87 and '88, Public Enemy was my favorite band on the planet," he said. "They changed music. [Their 1987 album] It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, I compare that album to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band or Guns 'N Roses' Appetite For Destruction or Led Zeppelin's "IV." It you make a list of albums that changed the world, that changed the way we hear music, that album has to be on that list. It was so mind-blowingly sonically different from anything that anyone had ever heard. It was lyrically so strong. And scary – in a good way. I used to think that it was a great thing that people were afraid of Public Enemy. A band could actually make people afraid! That's incredible that they could evoke that kind of emotion." What does Scott think about the worthy bands snubbed by the Rock Hall?
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