ANTHRAX (the band) Vs. ANTHRAX (the disease)
“We’ve considered changing the name of the band to something more friendly like Basket Full Of Puppies,” quips band leader Scott Ian. “Actually, just the fact that we are making jokes about our name sucks ass. In the twenty years we’ve been called Anthrax, we never thought the day would come that our name would actually mean what it really means, and until a few years ago most people thought we’d actually made it up!
“People keep coming up to me and saying, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be funny if you got anthrax?’ I’m like, ‘Oh, that’d be hilarious will not die an ironic death!
“When I learned about anthrax in my senior year biology class, I thought the name sounded metal. Everyone in my neighbourhood had a band with lameass names like Ripper or Killers and we wanted to be different. This isn’t the kind of exposure we want or need, but we’re not going to change it. It’s as though it’s 1937 and I’m a bandleader named Freddie Hitler!”