On January 19, 1988, Megadeth released their third studio album, So Far, So Good....So What! It is the only album recorded with Chuck Behler and Jeff Young, as they were both released from the band just after a tour done in support of this album.
Like a lot of Megadeth's work, it speaks of things wrong with the world, such as nuclear holocaust and the freedom of speech. Its definitely a much beloved album though, as it entered the Billboard 200 at number 28, and did not get a lot of commercial radio play. Its also been certified platinum here in the US and Canada.
The first single for the album is actually a Sex Pistols cover. "Anarchy In The UK" was originally released by Sex Pistols in November 1976. The song has been covered by many bands and in several different languages, but their version in particular was very well loved. They played it live for many years, but dropped it at some point due to its Anti-Christian view point.
A track that I actually thought stood out a lot was the second single for the album, "Mary Jane." Now when you hear the title, you assume its going to be pot related or reference drugs in some form. It goes so much deeper than that, and that was very impressive. It tells the story of a young girl who was murdered by her father. He buried her alive near a cemetery in Minnesota. There's a legend that says that anyone who dared to disturb her grave was doomed to a very sudden death. Its a very dark, but awesome track that opens with Dave summoning the girl's spirit. Its just extremely interesting and creative, so it stood out a lot. Plus, you have to appreciate just how much of a back story it has.
The entire album is filled with deep lyrics o all sorts of subjects. From spirits, to rants to fast cars -which admittedly isn't that deep, there's a lot going on and its all wonderful! Be sure to give it a listen and head on over to Megadeth's official website to take a look at all they have coming up! Many festival appearances will be happening very shortly -starting this week in fact. They will be performing at Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, Rock'n Derby,Rocklahoma, and River City Rockfest.
Also be sure to take a look at all of the reviews currently on the website for Megadeth! Almost every album they've ever released have been reviewed, and the last few are coming shortly! Here is what is up so far.
Killing Is My Business - Youthanasia -Countdown to Extinction -Cryptic Writings- Risk- The World Needs A Hero -The System Has Failed - United Abominations - Thirteen -Super Collider -Dystopia
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.