|Single by Anthrax|
|from the album Spreading the Disease|
|Writer(s)||Joey Belladonna / Dan Spitz / Scott Ian / Frank Bello / Charlie Benante|
|Producer(s)||Carl Canedy, Anthrax|
|Anthrax singles chronology|
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.
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.
- It is featured in 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on in-game radio station V-Rock.
- Cover version is featured in 2006 music video game Guitar Hero II.
- It is featured in the episode of the MTV series Nitro Circus.
- Live version is downloadable content for Rock Band music video game series.
• 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.
- Joey Belladonna – Lead vocals
- Dan Spitz – Lead guitar
- Scott Ian – Rhythm guitar
- Frank Bello – Bass guitar
- Charlie Benante – Drums
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