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Story Behind The Song - Megadeth's Cryptic Writings
23 September 2002
Story Behind The Song - Megadeth's Cryptic Writings


TRUST
Weird song, but it was our first #1 song at US rock radio. The 'classical' middle section was part of a song called 'Absolution' that I had written for "Countdown..". We demoed 'Absolution' for 'Countdown' and again for 'Youthanasia' but it didn't get used until 'Trust'. For some reason we always remembered the piece and kept coming back to it. My lead solo was one that Dann Huff and I loved, but Mustaine didn't like much. We had long discussions about it and finally we kept it.

ALMOST HONEST
My fave off 'Cryptic' to play live. It just rocks. Cool video too. It was way cool to hear this one all over the radio in the summertime with chicks and sunshine. This is what rock and roll is all about. I used one of my fave pedals, the MXR Phase 90 on the solo. The remix of this tune is even more fun.

USE THE MAN
Cheers to Dave on a great idea for the intro part. The Searchers had a hit with Sonny Bono's "Needles and Pins" in the 60's, so what a great idea to start a song about a drug overdose with a clip from it! Classic Megadeth and very cool. This song has me playing much more guitar textures than ever before in the band. We were growing big time here.

MASTERMIND
Heavy riff, heavy sound, heavy song. God-like bass tone at the beginning. Dann Huff and I had fun creating a lot of the background noise.

THE DISINTEGRATORS
Cool title, very old school tune. Only Megadeth could get away with this in the late 90's.

I'LL GET EVEN
We made great strides with this tune. It also translated well when we did our acoustic 'unplugged' shows all around the world. And the backing vocals were easy enough even for me to sing!

SIN
This guitar intro took HOURS to nail! A royal pain in the ass!! Especially because with the Boss GT-6 effector that I use now, I could dial up that exact sound in 2 seconds! When we were writing this tune on tour, the guys on our crew seemed to really dig it as we messed with it at our soundchecks. Overall, it's a cool song, but somewhere it missed the mark with me.

A SECRET PLACE
I used so many different kinds of guitars on this. I also played an 8 string bass to double some guitar melodies. I used a Jerry Jones sitar-guitar for the main riff. This was the one from our live show that made it to the Woodstock '99 album.

HAVE COOL, WILL TRAVEL
Great title. This was the first solo I did on the album. Dann put the backing track up for me to do the solo to, and I just plugged in and kind of warmed up and tuned up my guitar to the track, and when the solo section was done, Dann stopped the tape and said, "That's great! Good solo, Marty." I said, "What are you talking about?? I'm not even in tune yet. We're going to sit here and work on a great solo. There's no way I'm going to leave this garbage on a record!" He obviously had no idea what I was capable of doing, and was willing to let any old thing go by, and that really fired me up. I made sure he was going to know what kind of player I was, and from that moment on, I really played my ass off.

SHE WOLF
A staple of our live set, the 'Detroit Rock City' section (as I like to call it) gave us a great opportunity to stretch out and really do some jamming in concert.

VORTEX
We demoed this one for 'Youthanasia', but we decided to hold on to it until 'Cryptic'. I liked the solo that I improvised on the old demo version so I copied it note for note for this album version.

FFF
Our manager at the time didn't 'get' this tune, so I spent a lot of time explaining the power that it had. Still, it's a bad sign when you have to explain that kind of thing-kind of like having to explain a joke...Anyway, this was also demoed for 'Youth...' with different lyrics. Probably the most technically interesting solo on this album, and overall the most 'Megadeth' song on the album as well.
 
 
 
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