Madhouse (song)

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Anthrax - Madhouse (single).jpg
Single by Anthrax
from the album Spreading the Disease
Released October 7, 1985
Recorded 1985
Genre Thrash metal
Length 4:19
Label Megaforce, Island
Songwriter(s) Joey Belladonna, Dan Spitz, Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante
Producer(s) Carl Canedy, Anthrax
Anthrax singles chronology
"Soldiers of Metal"
"Armed and Dangerous"

"Soldiers of Metal"
"Armed and Dangerous"

"Madhouse" is a song by the American thrash metal band Anthrax. It was released in 1985 on Megaforce/Island Records.


Madhouse was released as the only single and third track from the group's second album, Spreading the Disease. The song is written in an up-tempo time signature, with heavy distorted guitar riffs.

It has become a staple of live concerts, and has also appeared on Anthrax's "best of" album, Anthrology: No Hit Wonders (1985-1991). In 2009, the track was named the 46th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.

The 12" vinyl features a cover version of the Sex Pistols song God Save the Queen.

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced, which features the band performing in an insane asylum with several mental patients moving along to the tune. However, the video did not receive much airplay because it was banned from MTV, who believed the content to be degrading to the mentally ill.[citation needed]



  • The heavy metal band Pantera released a live cover of the song in 1987.
  • Canadian thrash metal band Mortillery included a cover of the song as a bonus track on their 2013 album Origin of Extinction.



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