Liar (Megadeth song)
|Single by Megadeth|
|from the album So Far, So Good... So What!|
|Released||January 19, 1988|
|Megadeth singles chronology|
Liar is a song by the American heavy metal band Megadeth, written by Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson. It is the fourth single from their third studio album, titled So Far, So Good... So What!, which was released on January 19, 1988. The lyrics of the song were inspired by Megadeth's former guitarist, Chris Poland, who recorded with the band on Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! and Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?. Mustaine would regularly dedicate it to Poland during live performances.
After years of problems stemming from substance abuse, both Gar Samuelson and Chris Poland were fired from Megadeth in July 1987, following the final show of the tour in Hawaii. Mustaine claimed that Samuelson had become too much to handle when intoxicated, and even had replacement drummer Chuck Behler flown out for the last few dates of the tour, fearing that Samuelson would not be able to finish with the band's commitments. Samuelson later died in July 1999 due to liver failure, while Poland managed to overcome his addiction. Poland was initially replaced by Jay Reynolds of Malice, but as the band began work on their next album, Reynolds was replaced by his own guitar teacher Jeff Young, who joined Megadeth six weeks into the recording of their third album.
Mustaine later accused Poland of stealing musical equipment, "Chris Poland - you know what? - he could die tomorrow and it wouldn't affect me... Chris has never made amends to me for stealing all my gear. I had a collector's item Echoplex which just disappeared, all sorts of guitars, which were all stolen to cash in for heroin. I'm willing to forgive and forget, but until he comes and makes amends with me then I'm not willing to give in". This inspired Mustaine to write the song Liar, which was a culmination of Dave's hatred towards Poland at the time.
The lyrics to Liar, based around Chris Poland, are composed almost entirely of a long list of insults. Mustaine accuses Poland of being a "creature he despises", having a "sickly mind from Alzheimer's disease", having a "wino for a father", having a "mother who's quite insane", having a sister "who's a junkie who gets it any way she can", and that "decadence and debauchery killed his memories".
Mustaine's vocals in the song have been the subject of much praise. According to a review from a user of Encyclopaedia Metallum, "Liar starts off in what would be a pretty standard way if you've heard the other stuff from SFSGSW. A pretty fast riff, pretty good thrash with slight punk influences. But then, Mustaine’s voice comes in and you hear him as he should be. Dave’s voice is absolutely dripping with venom, and as soon as he starts everything else in this song comes together, and you can feel the betrayal and hate coming from every pore of this song." The song however was not fully regarded, as the same review is dismissive of other features of the song. It was also compared to several punk rock acts; "Among the rather stylistically consistent yet lyrically incongruous offerings off of “So far, so good, so what” is this rather witty, comical, and vulgar polemic against former band mate Chris Poland. Many consider this to be a low point in Mustaine’s song writing career, but I can not help but disagree. If you listen to Storm Troopers of Death, Nuclear Blast, or other rougher edged thrash acts with greater punk tendencies, you will note that this approach to humorous/angry lyric writing is not unique to Mustaine, nor was it unheard of for him to write this style of song on previous releases."
- "Liar" – 3:20
- Dave Mustaine - lead vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
- Jeff Young - lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
- Dave Ellefson - bass, backing vocals
- Chuck Behler - drums, percussion
- Produced by Paul Lani and Dave Mustaine
- Engineered by Paul Lani with Matt Freeman
- Mixed by Michael Wagener
- Executive produced by Tim Carr
- Mastered by Stephen Marcussen
- Produced by Dave Mustaine
- Mixed by Ralph Patlan and Dave Mustaine
- Engineered by Ralph Patlan with Lance Dean
- Edited by Lance Dean with Scott "Sarge" Harrison
- Mastered by Tom Baker
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