ANTHRAX Post Episode Six: “Got The Time”

Thirty years ago tomorrow, August 21 1990, Persistence of Time. Anthrax’s fifth studio album was released.  To commemorate that release, the band’s special deluxe edition of the fully remastered album, a slew of bonus tracks, and revised cover art will hit stores tomorrow as a four-disc vinyl collection, and a CD/DVD package.  To wrap up the six-episode video series of the stories behind the making of Persistence of Time, here is Episode Six, the final clip, “Got The Time.”  On this, Anthrax’s Charlie Benante reveals how the then-new Persistence of Time album was the result of everything the band had learned up to that point, incorporating elements of Spreading the Disease,Among The Living and State of Euphoria.  He also points out Scott Ian’s evolution as a lyricist, that on Persistence of Time, Ian became more outspoken on subjects like racism and politics.  Go HERE to get your copy of “Persistence of Time 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.”

The Gold-certified Persistence of Time included two cover songs, “AntiSocial” and Joe Jackson’s “Got The Time,” a big personal favorite of Benante’s who rallied the band to do a cover of it.  “People love that song,” said Benante, “and to this day, we enjoy playing it.  We speed it up – like Joe Jackson does live – Joe Jackson plays that song at ‘elfin’ light speed, faster than we ever played it.”

In tandem with the release of the “Persistence of Time Deluxe Anniversary Edition,” Anthrax is unveiling a brand new collection of Persistence of Time merchandise – t-shirts, hoodies, face masks, hats, board shorts, and more – available beginning tomorrow, 8/21/20, exclusively at


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Check out the previous episodes that tell the stories behind Anthrax’s Persistence of Time album and touring cycle.
Episode One:  “Dali”
Episode Two:  “Public Enemy and Bring The Noise'”
Episode Tree:  “Iron Maiden”
Episode Four:  “Married With Children”
Episode Five:   “Frank Bello’s Tour Stories” (Flavor Flav, Jerry Cantrell…)

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