Black Collar Workers


  • Axl Rosenberg


L.A. Reid is the chairman and CEO of the Island Def Jam Music Group, which, of course, includes Island Records, the label to which Anthrax were signed for all of their classic Belladonna-era releases. He’s also a judge on X Factor, the upcoming addition to the long line of idiotic American Idol-style reality talent programs, and as of July 11, he’s also the CEO of the Epic Label Group. And, at least if you believe the New York Post, after starting that nifty new gig at Epic, he told execs at that label that “I don’t want no ugly people working here; I only want good-looking people.” That seems too comical to be true — it’s basically what the Colin Farrell character in the movie Horrible Bosses does, after all — but given how fucknuts the people who run the music industry are, it wouldn’t exactly be shocking if it turned out to be a legit story.

In any case, Scott Ian apparently believes it, and I guess he wanted to show his support for Reid’s completely sound and logical decision. So he tweeted a series encouraging messages regarding Reid’s alleged declaration, in which he called Reid a “TALENTLESS piece of shit” before adding:

“I’m going to crank the song Exodus (by Exodus) and pretend Baloff is singing about doing all of that to LA Reid.”

And while I assume most of you have heard the song “Exodus” by the band Exodus, in case you haven’t, or you’ve somehow forgotten, the track includes lyrics such as this:

Get in our way and we’re going to take your life
Kick in your face and rape and murder your wife
Plunder your town your homes they’ll burn to the ground
You won’t hear a sound until my knife’s in your back


The filthy sound of death and pain
Brings pleasure that I need
The rotting hide the burning flesh
The smell and I agree
Bloody corpse makes me feel great

I’ve never met Scott Ian, but based on interviews I’ve seen with him over the years, he’s never struck me as a particularly violent, or even angry, dude. But now I’m more or less terrified of him, and may never write anything bad about Anthrax ever again. He hasn’t had to work with Reid in more than twenty years and this incident didn’t directly or indirectly involve him, but it was still enough to make him fantasize about raping and murdering the dude’s wife. I can only imagine what he wants to do to the guy who writes phrases like, “Joey Belladonna’s voice is about pleasing as the sounds of a juvenile terminal cancer ward.”

In conclusion: Scott, if you’re reading this, I’m not married, but please do not rape and/or murder my family, friends, and/or pets. Thank you. P.S. Have I ever mentioned how much I love Sound of White Noise? Also, you look so handsome today. Have you lost weight?


[via The PRP]

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