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Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? (1986)


Political and Social Commentary: Like their debut album, “Peace Sells…” features lyrics that delve into political and social issues. Songs like the title track “Peace Sells” and “The Conjuring” critique aspects of society, such as government corruption and manipulation. Alienation and Discontent: Many of the album's songs express feelings of alienation and discontent with the world. This theme is evident in tracks like “Wake Up Dead” and “Good Mourning/Black Friday,” where the protagonist grapples with personal demons and struggles against societal norms. Identity and Individualism: Throughout the album, there's a recurring theme of individualism and the assertion of personal identity. Dave Mustaine's lyrics often portray characters who refuse to conform to societal expectations and who embrace their own path, even if it leads to conflict. Existential Angst: Some songs on the album explore existential themes, touching on the fragility of life and the search for meaning in a chaotic world. This is particularly evident in tracks like “Devil's Island” and “My Last Words,” which delve into themes of mortality and the consequences of one's actions.

Geo-political inspiration

Political Event: The Iran-Contra affair, where U.S. officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran, despite an arms embargo, to fund Nicaraguan Contras. Influence: The scandal exposed government corruption and covert operations, possibly contributing to Megadeth's distrust of authority and themes of political corruption and deception in the album.

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