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Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!

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Killing Is My Business...
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Album by Megadeth
Released June 1985
Recorded December 1984 & January 1985
Genre Thrash metal
Length 31 min 12 sec
Record label Combat Records
Producer Dave Mustaine and Karat Faye
Professional reviews
Q 3 out of 5 March 2000 (http://www.q4music.com/nav?page=q4music.review.redirect&fixture_review=136452&resource=136452&fixture_artist=143268)
Allmusic.com 3 out of 5 Link (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=Awsjb7i3jg72r)
Winnipeg Sun (Darryl Sterdan) Favourable February 15, 2002 (http://www.canoe.ca/JamAlbumsM/megadeath_killing-sun.html)
Popmatters Favourable Link (http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/m/megadeath-killing.shtml)
Megadeth Chronology
Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
(1985)
Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
(1986)

Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! is an album by Megadeth that was released in 1985 on Combat Records (see 1985 in music).

Track listing

  1. "Last Rites/Loved to Deth" - 4:40
  2. "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!" - 3:06
  3. "The Skull Beneath the Skin" - 3:47
  4. "These Boots" - 4:39
  5. "Rattlehead" - 3:43
  6. "Chosen Ones" - 2:55
  7. "Looking Down the Cross" - 5:02
  8. "Mechanix" - 4:22

The deluxe edition released by Sanctuary Records in 2002 had three extra demo tracks:

  1. "Last Rites/Loved to Deth"
  2. "Mechanix"
  3. "The Skull Beneath the Skin"

Personnel

Songs

  • "Loved to Deth" is a love song.
  • "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!" is about a hit man, an assassin-for-hire, who kills his employer after he is paid.
  • "Skull Beneath the Skin" is about Megadeth's mascot, Vic Rattlehead, and how he came to be. The song explains the steel visor, the metal caps on his ears, and the iron staples that hold his jaw shut.
  • "Rattlehead" is a description of a live Megadeth concert. The last part of the song talks about seeing Vic Rattlehead at the concert.
  • "Looking Down the Cross" is about the crucifixion of Jesus and His finals thoughts before He died. In the song, Dave suggests that Jesus might have been wishing for vengeance, but only spoke of forgiveness.
  • "Mechanix" is about a horny gasstation attendant. It was re-written and recorded with new lyrics by Metallica as "The Four Horsemen" for their first album, Kill 'Em All. The original "Mechanix" can be found on Metallica's rare No Life 'Til Leather demo or Bay Area Trashers bootleg, with James Hetfield singing.
  • "These Boots" is a Nancy Sinatra parody of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'." When Killing Is My Business... started selling well after Megadeth became more popular, Nancy Sinatra began to demand royalties from the album sales. The band decided to drop the song from the album to avoid a lawsuit or being charged even more than they already were.
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