Angry Again

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"Angry Again"
Single by Megadeth
from the album Last Action Hero: Music from the Original Motion Picture and Hidden Treasures
Released June 14, 1993[1]
Recorded 1993
Genre Heavy metal
Length 3:47
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Dave Mustaine
Producer(s) Dave Mustaine, Max Norman
Megadeth singles chronology
"Skin o' My Teeth"
"Angry Again"
"Train of Consequences"

"Angry Again" is a 1993 heavy metal song by Megadeth, written by frontman Dave Mustaine. The song was written exclusively for inclusion in the 1993 satirical action film Last Action Hero, directed by John McTiernan which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, and appeared on the film's soundtrack.[2] "Angry Again" never appeared on any of the band's official studio albums, but appeared first on their 1995 EP Hidden Treasures and several later compilations.[3]

The song was a financial success and charted well and was well received by critics.[4] It was nominated for "Best Metal Performance" at the 1993 Grammy Awards, which was the band's fourth consecutive nomination in the category.[5] The song became a fan favorite and continues to be played live at a semi-regular basis.[6][7]


Dave Mustaine wrote the song in one day. The lyrics were written while half asleep listening to the melody of "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by The Clash.[8] Angry Again" was initially recorded during the Countdown to Extinction tour but wasn't actually featured on the album.[citation needed] When Dave wrote the song, he was angry with his band, promoters, and a lot of different parts of the organization, and continued having some problems with drugs again. The culmination of his stress problems inspired him to write the song, which was appropriately titled "Angry Again".[8] According to Dave Mustaine himself, he wrote the song during a spur of the moment; "I wrote 'Angry Again' right after I got out of a treatment center in Arizona. They had done one of those happy little 1990s interventions where everybody who's not loaded gets to point the finger at everyone who is. And the day I got out of rehab, they threw me into a studio in Phoenix where I wrote 'Angry Again' for the movie The Last Action Hero."[9]

The song was written for inclusion in the film Last Action Hero, which was expected to be a blockbuster. The film had followed the success of Arnold Schwarzenegger's previous film, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and was directed by John McTiernan, the film-maker behind popular films like Predator, Die Hard, and The Hunt for Red October, and had an $85 million production budget.[10] The film, however, was viewed as a large financial disappointment in its theatrical release, earning only $137,298,489 worldwide and was considered a flop.[11] Though panned by several critics,[12][13] the film became a cult classic several years later.[14]

Despite the financial failure of the film itself, its soundtrack was very popular, featuring popular hits like "Big Gun" by AC/DC, which was a number one on Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks,[15] "What the Hell Have I" by Alice in Chains, and songs by Anthrax, Aerosmith, Buckethead, Queensrÿche and Def Leppard.[8] "Big Gun", by AC/DC was however nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song, but lost to "Whoomp! (There It Is)" from Addams Family Values.[16] Megadeth's song "Angry Again" charted on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart as well, at number 18,[4] and was the best received song on the album in terms of critical reception.[5]


The album for Last Action Hero received good reviews,[8] and "Angry Again" received a nomination for "Best Metal Performance" at the 1993 Grammy Awards, the fourth consecutive nomination by the band, out of the eight nominations the band has received in total.[5] It was nominated against Iron Maiden's "Fear of the Dark", Suicidal Tendencies's "Institutionalized" and White Zombie "Thunder Kiss '65", losing the award to Ozzy Osbourne's "I Don't Want to Change the World", which became Ozzy's first Grammy win.[5] Megadeth continued to be nominated two more times in a row and was later nominated five more times in total, tying them as the most nominated band in the category, with Metallica.[5]

The song became a live staple for Megadeth in the '90s, and appeared on the 1995 EP Hidden Treasures which debuted at 90 on the Billboard 200 and featured two additional Grammy nominated songs by Megadeth.[3] It developed a fan following within the Megadeth community and became a fan favorite, being featured on the 2005 album Greatest Hits: Back to the Start. Fans voted on the track listing on the album, and "Angry Again" came in at number five, beating out more well known songs like "Hangar 18" and "Symphony of Destruction".[6] It also appeared on further compilations, such as That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires, Arsenal of Megadeth, Anthology: Set the World Afire and Warchest.[17] It continues to be played live even today, and remains a semi-regular staple, praised for Mustaine's unique vocal performance.[7]

Music video

"Angry Again" received a music video, directed by Wayne Isham, who directed several other Megadeth videos, including "Train of Consequences", "Sweating Bullets", "99 Ways to Die" and "Symphony of Destruction".[18] The video, which was played heavily by MTV, contains shots of each of the band members, in very foggy and atmospheric shots, and is intercut with shots of Last Action Hero. The video promoted the song, band, and the film.[19]


Chart (1993) Peak
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[20] 18


See also


  1. ^ Russell, Deborah (May 22, 1993). "Sony in Overdrive For 'Hero' Tie-Ins". Billboard. p. 122. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Birchmeier, Jason (2004-08-08). "Last Action Hero Original Soundtrack". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-09.
  3. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2004-08-16). "Hidden Treasures". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-09.
  4. ^ a b "Megadeth > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved January 5, 2009.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Awards Database". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 26, 2009.
  6. ^ a b Jason Birchmeier (2005-06-28). "Greatest Hits: Back to the Start [Bonus DVD]". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-09.
  7. ^ a b Andrew Bansal (2010-11-06). "MEGADETH Enthralls Arizona With Last North American Show Of The Year". Archived from the original on 10 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
  8. ^ a b c d "23 Questions With Dave Mustaine, 9/4/01 - Metal Sludge". Archived from the original on 2018-07-25. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  9. ^ "DAVE MUSTAINE Talks About Songwriting Process For New Album". 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  10. ^ Pristin, Terry (1993-06-30). "'Last Action': Too Many Heroes? : Big-Name Star, Director and Writers--So What Happened?". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  11. ^ "'Hero' Fails To Conquer Box Office". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  12. ^ "Last Action Hero". Variety. 1992-12-31. Retrieved 2010-10-28.
  13. ^ Canby, Vincent (1993-06-18). "Review/Film: Last Action Hero; A Hero Within and Without". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  14. ^ Andersen, Kurt (1993-07-05). "How To Run a Movie Studio". Time. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  15. ^ "AC/DC Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-04-04.
  16. ^ "1994 Razzies". IMDb. 2004. Retrieved 2010-11-09.
  17. ^ "MEGADETH: 'Warchest' Box Set Due In October". 2008. Retrieved 2010-11-09.
  18. ^ "Wayne Isham's IMDb page". Retrieved 2010-10-15.
  19. ^ "Megadeth-Angry Again". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-10-15.
  20. ^ "Megadeth Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.

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