L to R: Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Joey Belladonna, Dan Spitz and Scott Ian

Today we take a trip back to 1985, to the second album, the first to feature singer Joey Belladonna, by Anthrax,”Spreading The Disease” for the track “Madhouse”.

The album, produced by Jon Zazula, founder of Megaforce Records, was the last album that former singer Neil Turbin contributed any songwriting credits to and “Madhouse” was the only track released off the album. The video was banned by MTV, who felt that the song may be considered offensive to some. The song, however, has become a staple for the band at their live shows and was covered by Pantera in 1987.

The band lineup for “Spreading The Disease” includes: Joey Belladona – vocals, Scott Ian and Dan Spitz – guitars, Frank Bello – bass and Charlie Benante – drums. The track was ranked at #46 on VH1’s 2009 Best Hard Rock Song countdown.

It’s a Madhouse or so they claim…it’s a Madhouse, Am I Insane?


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