Got The Time – Anthrax

Really great covers should sound like a bad idea on paper. Like many of the cover versions here Got The Time comes from the notion of stark contrast. Anthrax are reversing the polarity on The Cardigans equation.

They’ve taken Joe Jackson’s new wave hit Got The Time and turned it into a punk and thrash metal hybrid.

The bass stings rattle loose and fast in the intro. And the whole song belts past in three and a bit minutes

The first time I saw Anthrax live they played this in their support slot to Iron Maiden. It was the big single from their Persistence Of Time album. The power of Charlie Benate’s drumming blew me away. He’s always been the thrash drummer with the most groove in my book and Got The Time is a wonderful showcase of both his timing and his economy.

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