Dave Mustaine: 'I Have to Make Sure I Don't Say Something Stupid'

Megadeth frontman talks about his approach to lyrics on "Super Collider," names what he believes is the "dumbest Megadeth song" and more.

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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine recently sat down with Noisecreep to discuss the groups upcoming release "Super Collider," discussing his approach to lyrics, as well as the interesting subject of his least favorite Megadeth song.

As far as the lyrics go, the fans will be pleased to hear that the new album will feature some of Mustaines "best work yet." The singer/guitarist has stressed out that he takes his lyrics very seriously and that he will have to make sure he doesn't "say something stupid."

"It's tough sometimes because there's only so many things you can say lyrically - one-liners, idioms, phrases - without repeating something you've already said in an earlier song. Especially being known for my lyrics, I have to make sure I don't say something stupid. I have been pretty fortunate. There hasn't been too many dumb songs in our discography."

Staying on the subject of his lyrics, Mustaine went on to discuss the track he likes the least within his own catalogue, naming "Crush 'Em" as "the dumbest song Megadeth ever did." The track itself comes off the 1999's album "Risk" and is also featured on the "Universal Soldier: the Return" movie soundtrack.

"Probably the dumbest song Megadeth ever did was 'Crush 'Em.' Not that I hate it, because we've never released something that I didn't like musically, but I'm not that fond of it. We had huge success with our prior album [1997's 'Cryptic Writings'], big singles and all of that. That had never happened before. So we figured, why not give the label and our management more to work with next time out since the last one did so well on radio. That was a huge mistake."

When asked whether he had ever worked on a riff only to realize that it's one of his old songs he is playing, frontman gave an example of "Head Crusher." Although admitting it is similar to "Take No Prisoners," the track previously released on 1990's "Rust In Peace," the song did finally find it's way to the group's 2009 release "Endgame."

"I've had band members submit some musical ideas that turned out to be things I've actually written before [laughs]. I was listening to the beginning of a song Shawn Drover (Megadeth drummer) had written called 'Head Crusher,' and I just hated it. I'm thinking to myself, 'Why don't I like this thing?' He kept on pushing me to listen to it more so I finally decided to learn it on guitar. Once I started figuring it out on guitar I go to Shawn, 'Dude, no wonder I don't like it, it's the beginning of 'Take No Prisoners,'' I asked him how was I supposed to use the riff again."

"Super Collider" is set for a June 4 release via Mustaine's own Universal-powered label Tradecraft. As a follow up to 2011's "Th1rt3en," it will feature Johnny K. (Disturbed, Sevendust, Machine Head, Staind) in charge of the production duties, marking the 14th release in the groups catalogue.

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    Rimfrost
    This was a lot more interesting than usual Mustaine news .
    rattlehead2112
    "Shawn Drover (Megadeth guitarist)" FAIL!
    TryTheKetchup
    I have re-written that, sorry for that mistake. noisecreep, BTW, has the original line saying that Shawn is a guitar player for Megadeth. Check out the link.
    Castbreeder
    What if in next Megadeth album, we will be judged to hear some of his political gibberish?
    PrimalFeelings
    Maybe it's just me, but I don't find the similarities in Head Crusher and Take No Prisoners very apparent. A lot better example would've been Tears in A Vial and Public Enemy No. 1, or Kick the Chair and Never Dead.
    Camron62\m/
    or Black Friday, along with Kick the Chair, Rust in Peace, Never Dead, Blackmail the Universe, Take No Prisoners....
    Metallidethium
    Despite some pretty poorly or down-right ridiculous things Dave has said outside of his music, his lyrics have always been eloquent, catchy, and at times hilarious. I'd expect nothing less on the new album.
    Mustaine1940
    As usual an article that gets fed by the butt hurts of UG im glad to see that some people went past the obvious and stated his lyrics are cool and catchy instead of the obvious, too late response to the article, because its agaismt the law to make statements about religious beliefs i know this will get downliked luckily im stating the truth
    zaz5
    Easy Dave, just don't say anything! No need to prove that stupid people say stupid things
    anthony.dobrev
    His lyrics are cool , don't care if they are stupid ! I agree with Metallidethium Megadeth are still my favorite band ,i don't care how much the media tries to bullshit them ! Dave = Badass
    bikerboy123
    i like his music,but he can be a trash mouth. still a great guitarist best ever!!!!! he looks dead in that pic.
    nincompoop
    "THE U.N. IS RIGHT, YOU CAN'T BE ANYMORE 'UN' THAN YOU ARE RIGHT NOW..." "THIS IS THE FIRST TALE OF DEATH, IN THE WOOOORLD. WHEN CAIN STRUCK DOWN ABEL, A FAMILY BROKEEEEN...." "'TIL THE WORLD EXPLOOODES..."
    Arunas
    Shawn Drover(Megadeth guitarist) I mean common ?! Are you sure this isn't news about Metallica then ?
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