Uncensored version of the compilation album of B-sides, covers and rarities by the legendary American Thrash/Groove Metal band.
The "B's" in the album's the title refers to b-sides previously unreleased and compiled for a single release.
Though a collection of "B-sides", the album would ironically feature one of their biggest singles; a collaboration/cover of Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise".
The two live tracks, "Keep It In The Family" and "Belly Of The Beast", were recorded during the 1990-91 Persistence Of Time Tour. Also included is an updated version of their 1987 single, "I'm the Man", and three songs previously released only in Europe and Japan on the 1989 EP, "Penikufesin" ("Nice Fuckin EP" in backwards), recorded during the "State Of Euphoria" sessions.
Two versions of the album were released: the uncensored version contained full expletives and the song "Startin' up a Posse", and the censored version which excluded the aforementioned track, and in place of the explicit words, a buzzing noise (like bees) is heard. The track "Startin' Up A Posse" is a tongue in cheek attack on the PMRC.
The compilation also includes covers of songs by Discharge, Kiss, Trust, and the Surf Rock staple "Pipeline", originally recorded by The Chantays.
The song "N.F.B. (Dallabnikufesin)" was intended to illustrate the band's disdain for power ballads, which were very fashionable in the commercial Metal scene at the time. The band also covers two songs ("Milk (Ode to Billy)" and "Chromatic Death") originally recorded by Stormtroopers Of Death, a mid-80s side project by Anthrax members Scott Ian, Charlie Benante and then-bassist Dan Lilker. The "Billy" referenced in the title is S.O.D. vocalist Billy Milano.
"Bring the Noise" is a collaboration with Rap band Public Enemy, making this song one of the first Rap Metal collaborations (albeit some years after the Aerosmith/Run DMC 1986 collaboration on "Walk This Way"), although Joey Belladonna and Dan Spitz had collaborated with Untouchable Force Organization on a song called "Lethal" in 1987 that was released as a single. "Bring The Noise" would later appear on the skateboard videogame Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2.
Not just for devoted fans, this collection of B-sides, covers, rarities, and obscurities actually presents a surprisingly solid overview of the range and diversity of Anthrax's material in an engaging, entertaining manner. Listeners wanting to hear more of the band's sense of humor will be pleased with the bizarre "Milk (Ode to Billy)", the hilarious power ballad satire "N.F.B.," and the anti-censorship tune "Startin' Up a Posse," which uses rather predictable tactics to make its point but has such a gleeful, idiotic bounce that it's difficult not to be amused anyway. Two live songs are included to capturing the band's serious side and their various influences are documented through covers. But the most important item here is the slamming (and highly influential) duet with Public Enemy on that band's classic "Bring the Noise," which paved the way for a host of other bands to mix the aggression and intensity of Heavy Metal with Hip-Hop.
In 1992 the album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Metal Performance. As of 2006, "Attack Of The Killer B's" had sold over 617000 copies in the U.S. The album was certified gold by the RIAA.
Island Records Inc./Megaforce Worldwide, 1991 (IMCD 179 / 848 804-2). Made in Germany.
1. Milk (Ode To Billy) 3:44
2. Bring The Noise 3:28
3. Keep It In The Family 7:19
4. Startin' Up A Posse 4:14
5. Protest And Survive 2:20
6. Chromatic Death 1:28
7. I'm The Man '91 5:00
8. Parasite 3:14
9. Pipeline 2:00
10. Sects 3:06
11. Belly Of The Beast 6:01
12. N.F.B. (Dallabnikufesin) 2:16
Total playing time: 44:10