Anthrax: “Make Me Laugh” (1988)

Heavy metal puts the moral majority in its place, or at least exposes the hypocrisy of it.

Kronomyth 4.1: Bakker gets butchered.

Televangelists make for easy targets, and some of them have been bad seeds or at least weak men who were ill-equipped to be leaders. Make Me Laugh takes aim at the hypocrisy of Christian evangelists who appropriate God’s power to fuel their own sinful desires. That’s not most Christian leaders, however, and it’s disappointing to see the devil turn hearts away from God by pointing to the sins of man. Jesus Christ points us away from that. So, good song, but, yeah, probably not something you want to base your spiritual outlook on.

Anthrax has always shown excellent taste in covers, and this single is no exception. The band trots out Trust’s Antisocial at the Hammersmith Odeon (with what appears to be Trust’s Bernie Bonvoisin on stage!) for a hammering rendition, and puts its own roadie-inspired twist on The Sex PistolsFriggin’ in the Riggin’ (itself a variation on the bawdy sea shanty). I prefer the Pistols’ version, personally, but you’ll find a few laughs if you follow along with Anthrax’s lyrics. Of vast cosmic importance, this single wasn’t released in the US, where Anthrax was, um, from.

Original 7-inch single version

A1. Make Me Laugh (Anthrax) (5:41)
B1. Antisocial (live) (Norbert Krief/Bernie Bonvoisin) (4:37)

Original 12-inch & compact disc single version
A1. Make Me Laugh (Anthrax) (5:41)
B1. Friggin’ in the Riggin’ (chorus, music and lyrics by The Sex Pistols, additional lyrics by Anthrax) (5:35)
B2. Antisocial (live) (Norbert Krief/Bernie Bonvoisin) (4:37)

The Players

Produced by Anthrax & Mark Dodson except “Antisocial (live)” produced by Anthrax & Alex Perialas.

The Plastic

Released on 7-inch, 7-inch red vinyl, 12-inch, 12-inch picture disc and compact disc single in September 1988 in the UK (Island, IS/12 IS/12 ISP/CIDP-379) and on October 25, 1988 in Japan (Polystar, P13D-37013) with die-cut picture sleeve, poster. Reached #26 on the UK charts.

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