While many remember Anthrax‘s guest turns on the early era FOX sitcom Married with children, it’s not the only time they’ve appeared in a major network sitcom. They also served up some awkward laughs on NBC’s ’90s sitcom News radio.
In the 1995 episode “Negotiation”, after one of her colleagues gets a promotion, producer/reporter Lisa Miller (Maura Tierney) tries to take advantage of the station by revealing that she has an audition for MTV News. But Lisa’s on-off boyfriend and colleague Dave Nelson (Dave Foley) laughs off her threat, feeling confident that she’s not a regular viewer on the network.
That leads us to one of the creepiest interviews, as Lisa is tasked with interviewing the members of Anthrax for the music video giant (as they still were in 1995). Scott Ian, Frank Bello and the band’s vocalist at the time, John Bushall participate in the guest cameo, asking Lisa increasingly fumbling questions.
She starts by asking Bush about the band’s guitar work on the new album, not realizing he’s the singer. When Ian says that some of the best guitar work on their album (which would have been Stomp 442) came from Dimebag Darrell, Lisa mistakenly identifies him as being from “Pandera.” She then proceeds to misidentify the band as grunge, then guesses punk and industrial, only to be corrected again by the group.
While the band thankfully didn’t need Lisa’s interview on the show to sell albums, News radio guest tour was a good plug for their 1995 release, Stomp 442, which spawned the songs “Fueled” and “Nothing”. And, as Ian said, Dimebag Darrell lent a hand on guitar for the songs “Kingsize” and “Riding Shotgun.” The album hit No. 47 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
News radio ran from 1995-1999 on NBC, starring Tierney, Foley, Stephen Root, Phil Hartmann, Andy Dick, Joe Rogan, Vicki Lewis and Khandi Alexander. Watch the Anthrax cameo below.
Anthrax’s John Bush, Scott Ian and Frank Bello Guest on NBC’s News radio
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