A hit with It? Anthrax's 'Antisocial' isn't clowning around
There have been many home runs lately with '80s nostalgia like Stranger Things and perhaps the grand slam of the bunch is the runaway box office success of It. The remake of It is set in the late '80s, and many of the '80s songs featured in the movie weave well into story like the thrash metal sound of Anthrax with Antisocial.
Based on Stephen King's 1986 novel, It is a remake of the made-for-TV 4-hour event. The flick has set box office records as well as scoring high approval ratings on IMDB. Even though the original movie was released in 1990, the new version wisely moves back the timeline a few years and incorporates '80s fashion style and music into the story. The songs heard in It range from New Kids On The Block to the Cure to heavy acts like Anthrax.
Hailing from New York, Anthrax was one of the biggest thrash metal groups of the '80s and they have a Stephen King connection beyond having a song included in It. In 1988 they released their fourth and most successful album of the '80s with State Of Euphoria that besides the song Antisocial, featured the song Misery Loves Company based on King's 1987 novel Misery.
Also on State Of Euphora is the cover song Antisocial. The Canadian band Trust originated Antisocial in 1980 that was released with French lyrics. In 1988, Anthrax changed the lyrics to English and ratcheted up the speed in their own special way. As a single, Antisocial almost made the Top 40 on the U.K. charts settling at No. 44. The video for Antisocial is mostly concert footage with guitarist Scott Ian, singer Joey Belladonna and the rest of the gang supplying the energy and plenty of headbanging.
Anthrax has never slowed down and in 2016 they released their eleventh studio album entitled For All Kings. In no surprise, the album features the song Breathing Lightning that was inspired by Stephen King's Dark Tower series.